The Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) had been steadfast in its commitment to promoting the creation of new housing across all socioeconomic levels, particularly when it comes to addressing homelessness.
In 1989, BIASC created HomeAid Orange County, a charitable nonprofit dedicated to providing immediate housing and support services for the homeless. To help address Orange County’s limited emergency housing options, HomeAid OC has built or renovated 63 housing projects, including emergency shelters, transitional/bridge housing, and permanent supportive housing. To date, these efforts have provided housing for over 65,000 individuals who have experienced homelessness.
HomeAid OC was selected by the Orange County Children and Families Commission as the fiscal agent for the Orange County Catalytic Investment Fund, designed to address the lack of emergency shelters. In this role, HomeAid is leading efforts to create a minimum of 70 emergency shelter units for families in need of immediate housing. HomeAid OC also partners with dozens of nonprofit service providers to help the homeless move towards self-sufficiency through programs that include education, job skills training, and physical and emotional support. This includes working with organizations like Casa Teresa, Orange County Rescue Mission, and Orangewood Children’s Home, to name a few.