Home Builders Foundation raises $267,000 to build and renovate area homeless shelters.
April 12, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Home Builders Foundation (HBF) raised $267,000 at its recent 20th Annual Building Hope Gala & Auction to continue its work building and renovating shelters for those experiencing homelessness in the Portland metro area.
“We believe that a night on the street can be a cold and dangerous place for a woman, and a car should never be a place where a family spends the night.” explains HBF Executive Director. “That’s why this auction is so critically important to our mission.”
The Building Hope Gala & Auction attracts residential builders, remodelers and others associated with the home building industry who donate and bid on auction items. It also serves as a way to educate the public about solutions to homelessness.
“We are a big part of the solution.” Cowdery explains. “We’ve built, remodeled and expanded shelter facilities with a retail value exceeding $8 million where nearly 550 people find shelter each year.”
In addition to making financial donations, home builders, remodelers, suppliers and manufacturers donate or heavily discount labor and materials for construction projects, amounting to nearly 50 percent of the project’s retail value. “We save shelters hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction costs.” Cowdery notes. “That means we can build bigger shelters with more bed capacity because of these savings.”
“We are motivated by the belief that every individual has worth and human dignity, and that shelter is a necessity of life. We could not do what we do without the support of the residential home building industry.” he adds.
About Home Builders Foundation Home Builders Foundation was established in 1997 by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Its mission is to build and renovate transitional shelters for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Portland metro area. Home Builders Foundation is a chapter member of HomeAid America, which supports shelter development throughout the United States. Visit BuildHopePDX.org for more info.