RIVERSIDE (January 20, 2016) – The Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation (LCHF) recently awarded $50,000 in grant funding to HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) to help complete renovation work on two important homeless shelter facilities in Upland and Murrieta.
One of the facilities, Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, provides much-needed temporary housing for homeless families in western San Bernardino County, and the other transitional living shelter that houses up to 22 beds, operated by Project T.O.U.C.H. in Murrieta, serves homeless veterans, families and single women with children in southwest Riverside County.
The location of 20 apartments, housing up to 100 transitional living beds, managed by Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, now houses the 1,000th homeless shelter bed developed by HomeAid Inland Empire over the past 25 years.
“We are pleased to have been able to work with Foothill Family Shelter again to renovate 20 more apartments to provide a safe temporary place for their clients to stay while they try to gain a better life,” commented Ray Osborne, HAIE Executive Director. “This current renovation project for Foothill Family Shelter is particularly significant because in May of 1990 we completed our very first homeless shelter project, also for Foothill Family Shelter in Upland, renovating eight apartments housing up to 32 beds,” he added.
“We appreciate receiving additional significant grant funding from the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation to help support the operation of HomeAid Inland Empire, and specifically our on-going homeless shelter development program,” Osborne noted. “We are looking forward to continuing to have generous financial support from LCHF in the future to create more shelter facilities for homeless men, women and children in the Inland Empire as they work to rebuild their lives and achieve self sufficiency.” he added.
Osborne noted that he Lennar Inland/LA Division team, under the leadership of Division President Mark Torres, and the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation have been directly involved with 13 of the 17 homeless shelters developed by HomeAid Inland Empire in Riverside and San Bernardino counties over the past four years by providing more than $300,000 in grant funding in addition to large in-kind donations of labor and materials from Lennar employees, subcontractors and suppliers.
“HomeAid Inland Empire is doing an outstanding job in developing shelter renovation projects to add critically-needed emergency and transitional living beds to temporarily house homeless individuals and families in our area, and Lennar is pleased to be able to provide grant funding as well as donating labor and building materials that are required to accomplish this important task,” Lennar Inland/LA Division President Mark Torres commented in announcing the most recent LCHF grant funding to HAIE.. “The Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation grant program exists solely because of the generosity of the people who purchase our homes, and we sincerely appreciate the donations they have made over the years,” he added.
HomeAid Inland Empire recently honored Mark Torres and Todd Bourguignon of Lennar as their 2015 “Contributors of the Year” at the annual Baldy View BIA Holiday Charity Gala to benefit HAIE.
Since 1990, HAIE has renovated or built 37 shelter facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, housing 1,027 emergency and transitional living beds, to provide temporary housing for more than 3,000 homeless individuals and families each year in the two-county Inland Empire area.
HomeAid Inland Empire, the non-profit charity of the Riverside County and Baldy View Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA) Chapters, has obtained over $6.7 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials from the Inland Empire home building industry through the BIA chapters during the past 25 years. Those exceptional charitable contributions have been utilized to create homeless shelter facilities throughout the Inland Empire valued at more than $17.4 million.