Land Tejas Companies, a long time supporter of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), and the GHBA charity, the Benefit Homes Project, have donated their 17th lot for this 39-year-old charity fundraiser.

The Benefit Homes Project partners with Houston’s homebuilders, developers, trades, suppliers and vendors to raise funds for local charities through the sale of the Benefit Homes. The homes are built with donated materials, labor, services, the homesite, as well as closing costs. Proceeds from the sale of the home benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, two local charities.

“Land Tejas hit a milestone this year with their donation of a lot in Sierra Vista as it is the 17th lot they’ve generously provided,” said John Williams, president of GHBA. “These lot donations have an estimated total value of over $1,110,000.”

This Benefit Home is being built by HistoryMaker Homes. They are currently under construction on their Alder plan. Sierra Vista is located south of downtown, off Texas 288 and offers access to a variety of amenities with sister community Sterling Lakes. These include a junior olympic pool, poolside cabana, SplashPad Texas Waterpark, a recreation center and exercise facility, hike-and-bike trails and a sand volleyball court.

“The Land Tejas GHBA partnership is a huge factor in why the GHBA’s annual charity fundraiser has been so successful,” said Williams. “Al Brende, co-owner of Land Tejas has shared the vision of the Benefit Homes Project for two decades. His generosity has served the Benefit homes charities well. The addition of History Maker Homes in this partnership is a win for the charities and for the buyer of this beautiful home.”

“One of the very first things we did when setting up Land Tejas was to develop a partnership with the GHBA,” said Brende. “When they approached us with the first Benefit homes opportunity in 1998, we jumped at the chance. Not only does this cause help the greater Houston community, but it strengthens our bond with the builders who have been so loyal to us over the years. It is extremely gratifying to witness the impact the Benefit homes project has made by helping those in need. We are also honored to partner with History Maker on this program and expect their home to sell quickly.”

Brende, who founded Houston-based Land Tejas Cos. in 1997, was determined to develop the affordable gated-community concept. He was one of the first major developers to include community-wide amenities such as parks, splash pads, walking trails and community centers. He also helped pioneer the smart-home technology that has become a standard feature in many homes. Completed developments such as Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch, Canyon Gate at Northpointe, Canyon Village at Cypress Springs, Sterling Lakes and many others represent years of development that launched in 1997 and continue today. With more than 10,000 acres of developed land across 20 communities, Land Tejas has shaped part of the Greater Houston landscape.

A second Benefit home was built by M/I Homes in Bridgeland. That home recently sold. M/I built their popular Roseville plan. The lot in Bridgeland was donated by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), Bridgeland’s developer. Earlier this year, Chesmar Homes built a Benefit home that sold in NorthGrove. Toll Brothers, the community’s developer, donated that homesite.

For more information about the Benefit Homes Project, visit or call the Greater Houston Builders Association at 281-970-8970.