Sponsored: Portland, OR. The Home Builders Foundation is helping a whole host of organizations providing shelter for area residents in need and supporting the future of its industry by offering educational opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce.  

Professionals from the Home Builders Foundation are working overtime to complete the interior of this new Village of Hope shelter in Clackamas County.

The Village of Hope shelter, which will be run by Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS), is one of the many projects spearheaded by the nonprofit. The new facility replaces a 100 year-old farmhouse that had numerous safety issues. When finished in January, it will provide a safe haven for 13 women, and up to 20 children at a time, as many as 100 women a year. Women escaping domestic violence, often with children in tow, use the shelter. It’s one of the largest projects the Home Builders Foundation has taken on.

Groundbreaking for the shelter took place about a year ago.

Working with donations, the Home Builders Foundation undertook a complete demolition and rebuild. The total retail cost of the project is slightly over $1 million, but the Home Builders Foundation was able to leverage donations and discounts, which nearly cut the expense in half. Those cost savings can be redirected to support the women and children who will be living in the shelter. The Foundation is in a year-end fundraising campaign to support efforts to help citizens living in the margins like homeless women and children. The Foundation helps a whole host of organizations providing shelter for area residents in need and supporting the future of its industry by offering educational opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce.  As an incentive for donations each individual who makes a donation or renews their monthly pledge to Home Builders Foundation during the month of December will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to see the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton: An American Musical when it comes to Portland this spring. Click here for a link to the Home Builders Foundation donation website.

Click here for a link to Home Builders Foundation donation website.

Here’s a video about the work of the Foundation:

The Village of Hope shelter in Clackamas County is just one of the many charitable projects the Home Builders Foundation helps.

Home Builders Foundation, Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth have joined forces to create an innovative housing community for youth aging out of the foster care program in Oregon. Leveraging Bridge Meadows intergenerational healing community and New Avenues for Youth self-sufficiency and life skills services expertise, they are combining resources to build and operate the Dorothy Lemelson House & New Meadows Program, a trauma-informed housing and life-skills program for young people ages 18-24. This new 10,700 sq ft community, made up of 10 studios and 5 one-bedroom apartments offers youth the benefits of intergenerational care and support.

Located just one block away from the Bridge Meadows North Portland housing community, the Dorothy Lemelson House will offer former foster care youth a safe place to live while they pursue education and job training and practice and learn self-sufficiency skills. The project broke ground on September 8th.

Home Builders Foundation and Renaissance Homes have worked together to secure in-kind donations and discounts from Milgard Windows and Doors, Medallion Industries, OrePac, Globe Lighting, Corian, Delta, GE Appliances, Willamette Graystone, Hanover Architectural Products, Keller Supply, Lakeside Lumber and James Hardie. Walsh Construction will serve as the General Contractor for the project. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2018.

From Home Builders Foundation:


We are the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland.

Founded in 1997, the Home Builders Foundation directs the philanthropic activities of the home building community by providing shelter for area residents in need and supporting the future of our industry by offering educational opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce.

Shelter Development: The Foundation facilitates the building (new construction) or renovation of dignified housing for the temporarily homeless. Through its shelter building arm, HomeAid Portland, builders are partnered with local non-profit care providers seeking to expand facilities designed to house individuals and families in need of temporary shelter.

The Foundation also administers volunteer programs to improve the livability and function of local care providers’ existing facilities. Its annual volunteer blitz and shelter care event, Painting a Better Tomorrow, allows HBA members and other industry leaders to directly contribute to the maintenance of local homeless shelters, most of whom operate on a shoestring budget and have few available funds for maintenance costs. Click here to find out about our latest projects.

Workforce Development: The Foundation awards high school and college scholarships to those interested in pursuing a career in the residential home building industry. Click here for more information about our scholarship opportunities.

Major fund raisers include: A Benefit Gala & Auction each spring, a Trap Shoot each Fall, and an Annual Year End Fund Drive. Click here for more information about our annual events.

Below are some of the many projects the Home Builders Foundation has worked on in the past:

Good Neighbor Center

Care Provider:  Good Neighbor Center
Builder Captain: Mountainwood Homes

Completed: June 2017

This renovation project included an expansion of educational programs for children of homeless families in the shelter. The addition added dedicated space for Homework Club, private tutoring, preschool programming and storage for program needs.  This expansion provided them with more space in which to operate a long existing and critically important program for homeless children and was a great partnership between non-profits, the building community and the City of Tigard.

Hope House

Care Provider:  Community of Hope
Builder Captain: Clear Water Construction Services

Phase I Completed: September 2016

The first phase of this remodel project for Hope House, a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness, included safety upgrades such as a new fire alarm system and sprinkler system, increased bed capacity from five families to eight, the addition of laundry and indoor shower facilities, and the addition of an ADA-accessible bedroom and bathroom.

Click here for more pictures of this project.

Connect Program

Care Provider:  Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain:  Nathan D. Young Construction

Completed:  September 2015

Nathan D. Young Construction returned again to Portland Rescue Mission’s Burnside Shelter for an expansion project for the Connect Program, a program for homeless women. Ten beds were added to this facility, as well as a kitchenette

Harvest House

Care Provider:  Yamhill Community Action Project
Builder Captain:  Justin Hovey, Water Bear Restoration

Completed:  June 2015

Harvest House, a facility for homeless families, received much needed lead-abatement for the building, as well as new siding and windows. Masco Corporation generously gave a $6,000 grant to the project, which was completed in late June.

View before and after photos.

Love INC – Newberg

Care Provider:  Love INC – Newberg
Builder Captain:  Jim Fisher

Completed:  March 2015

Home Builders Foundation completed its first project in Yamhill County when it partnered with Builder Captain Jim Fisher to provide upgrades to Love INC’s existing shelter for women and children. Upgrades to the facility included the addition of a restroom, a kitchen remodel and new flooring throughout the facility.

Click here to view photos from this project. 

Smith House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain:  Joe Robertson, Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  January 2015

Smith House was a perfect candidate for an HBF energy retrofit.  After a thorough walk-thru with HBF Builder Captain, Joe Robertson, it was determined that the highest priority need was to replace the old oil heater and focus on energy upgrades to make the home more comfortable and energy efficient.  The money saved on high utility bills could then go back into the program.   NW Natural donated a new gas furnace and tank-less water heater, and HBF partnered with Performance Insulation to do attic and wall insulation as well as air sealing throughout the home.

Jordan House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain:  Joe Robertson, Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  December 2014

Youth Progress operates two residential facility for boys ages 13-24 that provide a structured, supportive environment to guide them toward a more positive future.  Both facilities were in need of assistance and HBF chose both of them for energy retrofits.  In partnership with Joe Robertson of Shelter Solutions LLC and Performance Insulation, Jordan House received new attic and wall insulation, and air sealing just in time for the winter weather.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter

Care Provider:  Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Builder Captain:  Dave Adelhart
Completed:  August 2014

HBF and Builder Captain Dave Adelhart returned to Goose Hollow Family Shelter in 2014.  With the help of HBA member donations and discounts of labor and materials as well as others in the industry, we were able to dramatically increase the usable counter space, upgrade the cabinets throughout including the addition of upper cabinets for extra storage, add an upgraded counter top, improve the electrical and add a  larger sink and refrigerator.  It turned out to have a big impact for a tiny space that feeds about 30 people every morning!

Click here to view before and after photos.

Buckman House

Care Provider:  Janus Youth Services
Builder Captain:  Neil Kelly Home Performance
Dedicated:  July 2014

This 100+ year old home that houses a residential treatment program for young men was the first energy retrofit project taken on by HBF in partnership with Neil Kelly Home Performance.  The retrofit included air sealing, insulation, tankless water heater, lighting upgrades, new energy efficient appliances and updated wiring.  Energy retrofits of older shelters helps the service provider put much needed money from energy savings back into their programs and makes the homes much more comfortable for the residents.

Raphael House

Care Provider:  Raphael House
Builder Captains:  Blazer Custom Construction LLC and Shelter Solutions LLC
Dedicated:  September 2013

HBF returned to Raphael House in 2013 to  upgrade the kitchen including new cabinets, granite counter tops, ranges and ADA improvements to create a beautiful new space for 40 women and children who live there.  In-kind donations and HBF funding was over 80% for this project.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter

Care Provider:  Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Builder Captain:  Professional Remodelers Organization
Dedicated:  September 2013

Goose Hollow Family Shelter is the only shelter for families on the west side.  Eight families a night call this home.  This renovation of a well-used laundry room and family lounge was a partnership between several PRO members and designers Garrison Hullinger Interior Design and Designers Edge Kitchen & Bath.  The in-kind donations and HBF funding provided for this project was 100%. 

The Harbor

Care Provider: Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain: Nathan D. Young Construction
Dedicated: June 2013

Next Step is a transitional “independent living” facility for men in addiction recovery. A full scale phased renovation (estimated total of $1,500,000) for this 13,400 sq. ft. former nursing home expanded program capacity and maximized treatment space. The scope of work included: new ductwork, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and equipment, commercial kitchen remodel, replacing the roof and reworking dorm rooms and other common areas.  This renovation increased the number of beds from 15 to 42. 

Transitional Living Program

Care Provider: Boys & Girls Aid
Builder Captain: NuPark Development LLC

Dedicated: February 2013

HBF partnered with Boys & Girls Aid and the City of Beaverton to complete a major renovation of a four unit apartment building that provides safe and supportive transitional housing for homeless youth in Washington county.  The residents of the TLP program receive case management, help with continued education, mental health services and skills training.

Burnside Shelter

Care Provider: Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain: Nathan D. Young Construction
Completion: December 2011

The Burnside Shelter provides crisis intervention, homeless and addiction recovery, short-term and long term shelter, education and job assistance. It is also Portland’s only 24/7, 365 days a year public restroom and food service operation of its kind. Built in the late 1800’s and expanded in the early 1920’s, the facility is in a state of disrepair, and energy consumption is the main source of concern. The goal was to retrofit the facility with energy efficient upgrades to reduce annual utility costs by as much as 35% (allowing precious operating funds to go to direct services instead of building maintenance). Scope of work included: insulation throughout , new windows, framing and moisture protection, installing high efficiency boilers and mechanical systems. 

Bonnie Tinker House

Care Provider: Bradley Angle
Builder Captain: Rupp Family Construction
Completion: December 2011

The Bonnie Tinker House is an emergency shelter serving up to 23 women and children at a time (200 per year), providing safety, shelter, food, clothing, support groups, advocacy, and a 24-hour crisis line. This $50,000 “shelter enhancement project” was phased to reduce impact on the residents who live there. Scheduled work included: security, electrical upgrades, efficient heating system, roof repair, window and screen repair, tile work, new plumbing fixtures, landscaping, patio gazebo installation, cabinetry repair and light carpentry.

Cordero House

Care Provider: Janus Youth Programs
Builder Captains: Progressive Builders NWLifestyle Homes, Blazer Custom Construction

Dedicated: July 2011

This 96 year old house was completely renovated with updated energy efficiencies to make life more comfortable for 12 abused boys. Now complete, Cordero House will become a home for two additional boys (the program turns away five to seven boys per week). With a new family treatment room and therapist offices, the “healing work” becomes easier. Every wall and hard surface is new. The expanded kitchen/dining area now allows for multiple work spaces, ample storage and commercial grade appliances. The boys no longer shower in shifts with expanded, more private, bathrooms.  A “dude dorm” with flat screen tv and surround sound allow them to be kids again.  An estimated $770,000 was dedicated to the project with over 380 industry professionals, 90+ companies and over $350,000 in donations of labor and materials. This project received the national CADRE award in 2011 for ‘Outstanding Community Service Project’

Raphael House

Care Provider: Raphael House of Portland
Builder Captain: Blazer Custom Construction
Dedicated: May 2010

Unfinished attic space became a Comprehensive Advocacy Center (CAC) offering expanded services to the women and children survivors of domestic violence.  The CAC provides an inviting place for legal aid, mental health services, alcohol and drug counseling, life skills classes, self care, and children’s activities. Despite the economic downturn, 35% of the labor and materials for this $430,000 project were donated.  Received awards from the Portland Housing Bureau in 2009 & 2010


Care Provider: NW Housing Alternatives
Builder Captain: Arbor Custom Homes
Dedicated: August 2006

A residential treatment center for five mentally disabled adults, this home was built to give the residents a place to heal, receive counseling and flourish while transitioning back into self sufficiency.  Over $164,000 was donated in time, materials and labor to this $266,000 project – almost 60% total savings.

Haven House

Care Provider: Catholic Charities/Caritas Housing
Builder Captains: Legend HomesRenaissance Homes
Dedicated: January 2005

Builder Co-Captains were able to rally other subcontractors, trades and suppliers to donate over $189,000 in time, materials and labor to this $260,000 project – a 70% total savings. Up to twelve un-wed, young, homeless mothers and their babies call this safe haven “home”, receiving  the care and support they need to begin their new lives.

Again, the Foundation for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is in a year-end fundraising campaign to support their efforts to help citizens living in the margins like homeless women and children. Click here for a link to its donation website.