HomeAid Orange County
Since its founding in 1989 by the BIASC Orange County Chapter, HomeAid Orange County has approached the crisis of homelessness with a unique and collaborative mindset aimed at housing all of our neighbors experiencing or at risk of homelessness by leveraging the many building industry trades and talents. HomeAid’s mission is to help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness build new lives through construction, community engagement, and education. For more than 30 years HomeAid has worked to be a vital force in creating safe and dignified housing for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and to advocate for housing as a human right.
Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA)
BITA’s mission is to provide a trained workforce to meet industry demand, offset worker retirement, and avoid labor shortages. BITA also enhances the public perception of the building industry, its diverse career opportunities, and hardworking employees.
Now operating in 27 high schools statewide, the BITA program provides a hands-on approach to learning the building trades and connecting students to industry jobs and mentor opportunities. Building Industry Technology Academy graduates can enter the workforce immediately after graduation or apply BITA courses as college credits to pursue advanced degrees in related fields.