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13 July . 2018

Newland’s Nicolle Ramia named to board of directors of HomeAid Austin

Nicolle Ramia, Austin marketing director for Newland, the developer of Sweetwater, has joined the board of directors of HomeAid Austin.

Established in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, the Austin chapter is HomeAid’s 18th chapter nationwide. It will work with the local home building industry to develop, build and maintain housing for nonprofits serving the estimated 7,000 people who experience homelessness over the course of a year in Travis County. 

"We are very excited to be entering Austin, Texas to help address the homelessness problem there," said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. "We have been working with the HBA to get a chapter launched there for a couple of years, following a trial project we did in Round Rock for Texas Baptist Children's Home.”

HomeAid identifies charities working to help homeless families and individuals that are in need of additional or upgraded facilities in which to house people while they offer needed programmatic resources, such as job and life skills training, financial counseling, and physical and emotional support. HomeAid's builder captains and their trade partners take on these projects, completing them at a deep discount through the in-kind donation of their time and materials. ­

As part of HomeAid's national network of chapters, HomeAid Austin and the HBA will have the resources needed to obtain donated building products for its charity projects. It will also have access to national grants and publicity, a deep network of chapter resources, and a myriad of other benefits.

HomeAid is a leading national nonprofit provider of housing for the homeless. Through its network of 18 chapters in 12 states, HomeAid has completed over 500 housing projects that have sheltered over 300,000 previously homeless people. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and suppliers, HomeAid has added over $230 million of housing for the homeless, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated. HomeAid currently has over 50 additional projects in development across the country.

Newland’s Austin division has already participated in several charitable projects with HomeAid and the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. Newland worked with HomeAid to build the Texas Baptist Children's Home in Round Rock, and donated a homesite in its Rancho Sienna community for the association’s 2015 Benefit Home.