One of the most important things the HBA does is give back to our community. Through various programs and partnerships with local charities, the HBA has given more than $2,000,000 to local charities.
The Benefit Home is the annual construction of a home built mostly – if not entirely – through donations of construction management, materials, supplies, labor and monies of the members of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin. The majority of net proceeds from the sale of the home on the open market benefit local charities as designated by HBA.
The Benefit Home offers the HBA a unique opportunity to give something back to the larger community, specifically to designated beneficiaries who are significantly and positively impacting the Greater Austin community. What’s more, it’s a perfect example of how the 700+ members of the HBA contribute to the economic impact of the communities in which they build and make a direct impact on worthy causes within those communities.
So, how does it work?
- The Management of construction of a marketable home is handled by the sponsoring builder
- Together the HBA and the Builder/Developer host VIP Events for HBA members, vendors, and leaders from HomeAid Austin—one at Groundbreaking and one at completion.
- The HBA recruits a small task force of expert members (including a home designer) to solicit donations of materials and labor; as well as coordinate the vendors and selections with the Builder to drive down the hard costs of the home.
- The Builder/Developer typically also hosts a resident Sneak Preview Event upon home completion (to drive referral sales) and engage the residents in the community on this exciting project.
- A Realtor Event when the home goes to market and additional Realtor outreach will be facilitated with the task force and through the Builder/Developer contacts.
Once the home is successfully sold and closed, the HBA and the Builder/Developer will invite the leaders of all benefiting charities to receive the contribution and celebrate the results!
HomeAid Austin is a 501(c)(3) charity partner of the HBA of Greater Austin that identifies long-term, stable homeless care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with our builders, vendors and suppliers, who donate their time, materials and labor to rehabilitate and build housing for Austin’s homeless.Learn More
Parade of Homes™
The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin’s Parade of Homes™ has been held annually since 1953. Each year, a portion of the net proceeds generated from ticket sales are donated to charity. A number of charitable organizations have benefited including:
Austin Children’s Shelter
Wild Basin Preserve
The Burke Foundation
Sales & Marketing Council
Strike Against Hunger Bowling Tournament
From 2006 – 2009, the HBA’s Sales and Marketing Council organized a charity bowling tournament that raised more than $40,000 for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a local organization that feeds Austin’s homeless population.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village
In August 2016, members of the Sales & Marketing Council volunteered their labor at Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village.
Texas Baptist Children’s Home
In December 2016, members of the Sales & Marketing Council pitched in to sponsor a cottage (which includes four families) plus one additional family for Christmas. Members purchased gifts for each adult/child living in the cottage after receiving their personal “wish lists” and delivered those gifts to the home.
Custom Builders & Remodelers Council
In 2007, the CBRC raised $15,000 in 15 minutes for Austin Habitat for Humanity.
Chapter Golf Tournament Fundraisers
Williamson County Chapter John Gavurnik Open Scholarship Fundraiser
Hosted annually by the Chapter through 2015, the golf tournament has raised thousands of dollars each year for college scholarships awarded to college-bound high school students in Williamson County.
Lakeway/Bee Cave Chapter Gayle Berkbigler Golf Classic Community Fundraiser
Hosted annually by the Chapter, the golf tournament raises funds for Lakeway’s Families for Families, a charity that helps families in the area help other families in need.
HBA donates over $95,000 from sale of 2016 Benefit Home
The HBA presented three checks for $31,952.17 each to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation and Community First! Village – Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Proceeds were generated from the HBA’s Benefit Home project in Santa Rita Ranch, a new-home community by Ed Horne of SRKC, LLC in Liberty Hill—a fast growing community in Northwestern Williamson County. The one-story home, built by Scott Felder Homes, is 2,942 sq. ft. and features four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and two-car garage. It was sold on the open market. Led by Scott Felder Homes, HBA members work together to solicit materials and donations to help build the new home. Read more.