By BUILDER Magazine Staff The HBA of Northern California recently completed construction of the East County Family Transitional Center. The center offers a safe haven for hundreds of families, often abandoned women with children or victims of abuse who would otherwise be living on the streets or out of their cars.

Built in cooperation with Contra Costa County, the city of Antioch, and Shelter Inc., the center was the HBA's first project through its charitable arm, HomeAid of Northern California. The nonprofit, Shelter Inc., will manage the program.

The East County Family Transitional Center consists of three, two-story structures housing 20 apartments--16 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom. These average 1,000 square feet and include dishwashers and air conditioning. Lower-floor units are wheelchair accessible.

The shelter offers "a clean, safe place to live--so families can be off the streets and have a chance to get their lives back in order, regain their dignity, and provide for themselves," says HomeAid Northern California chairman Richard Baker, president of Ponderosa Homes in Pleasanton.

The entire 22,400-square-foot development is located on 1.1 acres of land adjacent to the county social services building in Antioch. A fourth, 2,100-square-foot, single-story building serves as an office/training facility with a day care and community center. Residents receive training at the on-site, job-training computer-literacy center while pre-school-aged children receive day care. Residents can also attend classes at nearby Las Mada os Community College.

The East County Family Transitional Center in Antioch, Calif., provides a safe, clean place for homeless families to regain control of their lives.

As is typical with HomeAid chapters, numerous HBA members act as "builder captains" overseeing various aspects of construction. Volunteers included David Barklay, Centex Homes; Matt Koart, Pulte Homes; Mike Cortney, Standard Pacific; Dick Baker, Ponderosa Homes; and Ned Sewell, Home Finishes/PSBI. Dahlin Group Architects of San Ramon, donated design services; UDI-Tetrad Consulting Engineers of Pacheco contributed civil engineering services; Chin Lee and Associates of San Jose, contributed structural engineering work; and the Morgan, Miller and Blair law firm of Walnut Creek, donated legal work. Visit for more information.