Charity of the week
Approximately 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year. HomeAid America (homeaid.org) seeks to help this vulnerable population by building multi-unit shelters across the country. HomeAid partners with builders and contractors to construct housing for people experiencing temporary homelessness, often because of circumstances beyond their control, such as job loss, a natural disaster, domestic violence, or medical problems. After the project is finished, HomeAid chapters donate the shelter to a local nonprofit that can best utilize the space and provide social services to help residents move toward self-sufficiency. Since 1989, HomeAid has built more than 500 shelters and provided more than 300,000 people with temporary housing, including at-risk teens, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.
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