As an executive with Pardee Homes, I had the rewarding experience of being involved for a number of years with the Las Vegas chapter of HomeAid, a highly respected nonprofit organization that provides housing for the homeless. Pardee lead the effort to bring HomeAid to our community in 2005.
That’s why I am so pleased, as the president of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, that the association’s board of directors unanimously voted to resurrect the local chapter of HomeAid, which sadly had to scale back operations because of the economic downturn after many years of building outstanding projects to shelter our community’s homeless residents.
I saw for myself how this organization brings together people, companies and entities to build and renovate multiunit housing for temporarily homeless families and individuals. Many of those homeless people were children.
Before scaling back, HomeAid Southern Nevada operated for eight years, building nearly 100,000 square feet of living space valued at more than $1.4 million for charities such as St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Lutheran Social Services of Nevada and the Women’s Development Center.
HomeAid works with charities, such as the Family Promise of Nevada, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Straight From the Streets, to name just a few, rounding up significant help from the community’s homebuilding industry and other businesses to build the housing and turn it over to the charities to operate. The housing projects range from emergency shelters to transitional housing to permanent supportive housing.
Every HomeAid project includes support services that help residents move toward self-sufficiency — education, job skills training and physical and emotional support.
The organization was founded in 1989 by the Orange County chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders. The Southern Nevada Home Builders Association is an affiliate of national group.
Based in Irvine, Calif., HomeAid has expanded to 15 chapters in 10 states. Through the generosity of America’s homebuilders, their trade partners, financial institutions and the public, HomeAid has built more than 325 multiunit shelters. Another 30 are in development. Nearly 170,000 people have been sheltered by these housing projects over the past 24 years.
Thanks to the adoption of the chapter by Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, the local homebuilding industry and business partners will build on this legacy of giving back to the community. I’m proud to be a part of that legacy.
Rocky Cochran, vice president of construction operations at Pardee Homes, is the 2013 president of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, the largest and oldest trade organization representing the residential construction industry in Nevada. He is a third-generation homebuilder.