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The Montgomery County facility for homeless men was recently renamed the Home Builders Care Assessment Center in recognition of the home building industry’s contributions and dedication to helping people in need. The charitable program of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) is using the industry’s skills to improve shelter for men who are homeless as well as for other vulnerable populations. Local home builders, developers and other related businesses continue to give back to the communities they have helped build.

Over the past year, the real estate and housing industries have been hard hit by the struggling economy. Nationwide, home builders are experiencing one of the worst housing markets in history. According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence levels are hovering near record lows.

For 25 years, MNCBIA’s Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), founded as Operation Tom Sawyer Foundation in 1984, has worked to construct shelter and improve housing for struggling communities in Maryland and the District. Over the years, HBCF’s projects have ranged from the simple installation of an accessible ramp at a group home for the disabled to more extensive and complex renovations of multi-family buildings providing transitional housing for formerly homeless families. In Montgomery County, HBCF’s impact is most visible at 600-A East Gude Drive in Rockville, the address of the newly expanded Home Builders Care Assessment Center, formerly the Men’s Emergency Shelter.

Home Builders Care Foundation is the principal community outreach organization of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association. HBCF’s unique expertise brings together two important groups - professional homebuilders and charitable organizations that help the homeless. The organization’s mission is to complete construction projects, with particular focus on shelter-related projects, by leveraging the industry’s specialized building construction skills and work in collaboration with community service providers serving the homeless and other at-risk populations. With each project, HBCF routinely saves partner organizations thousands of dollars, while also extending its own resources to improve the economic well-being of its partners by providing them with a more valuable and useful property.

In a decade of collaboration with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), HBCF has donated over $1 million in construction goods and services to improve the agency’s ability to serve people who are experiencing homelessness. This partnership began in the late 1990s, when emergency shelter for men in the county was housed in three trailers on Gude Drive in Silver Spring. HBCF responded by organizing industry resources and offering to help build a large-scale, state-of-the-art shelter facility for homeless men. Under the leadership of builder captain K. Hovnanian Homes, HBCF’s involvement in the project cut the $1 million construction costs in half and the Men’s Emergency Shelter was dedicated by Montgomery County officials in November 2000.

As demand for shelter and outreach services grew beyond the facility’s original capacity, HBCF donated $300,000 in goods and services to build a new 3,780 sq. ft. wing at the shelter. Winchester Homes volunteered as the builder captain for the near $900,000 project. In addition to increasing the shelter’s capacity to house more men, the improved space allows MCCH to provide a range of supportive services onsite. These services help the participants recover and rebuild their lives more quickly. The wing was completed and opened in February 2009. An official grand opening ceremony of the expanded facility, now named the Home Builders Care Assessment Center, is tentatively scheduled for early June 2009.


The official grand opening of the new shelter and the entire Gude Drive Complex took place on the afternoon of Thursday, June 18 2009. Click here to download the Project Fact Sheet in PDF.

MNCBIA press release

April 22, 2009

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