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Collaboration of Nonprofits and Homebuilders Improves and Expands Supportive Housing in Alexandria for Formerly Homeless Families

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Community Lodgings and HomeAid Northern Virginia partner with 4 local homebuilders who put competition aside to renovate 7 housing units that transition families out of homelessness

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 19, 2017 – Formerly homeless families now have newly upgraded residences in the City of Alexandria, following the completion of renovations to a Community Lodgings multi-unit supportive housing property led by HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV). An onsite “learning center” was also upgraded, enabling families to take advantage of after school and youth mentoring programs, daily nutritious meals, and computer and English as a Second Language classes for families—setting up the children who live here for brighter futures. The ribbon cutting was held today with local officials, community advocates, homebuilders and construction partners that provided labor, resources and expertise to the project.

The renovation of the 10,446 sq. ft. Community Lodgings building in the Del Ray neighborhood was completed by a consortium of four local homebuilders convened by HomeAid: Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene HomesM/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The $650,000+ renovation included a complete upgrade of the property’s six existing affordable housing, as well as the reconfiguration of space to create a seventh two-bedroom unit – enabling more families to call the property “home.” Via a special partnership with local home staging company, the units will already be “home-y” when new residents move in: Staged Interior fully furnished each unit and have committed to furnishing one HomeAid project each year.

“On behalf of our entire community, I am thankful to Community Lodgings, HomeAid Northern Virginia and the many partners involved in this project,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “It is a great example of how a community working together can help solve the affordable housing issue.”

“The impact this renovation has on our families is incredible,” said Lynn Thomas, executive director of Community Lodgings. “I grew up in affordable housing in southeast DC, and know how important it is for a low-income family to live in a nice, safe house. We are all so grateful to HomeAid Northern Virginia, the builders, and the many other supporters who made this happen.”

“The renovated property will provide housing stability for individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and working toward self-sufficiency. Through collaboration with Community Lodgings, with our multiple builder partners, HANV was able to take on this large, high-impact project. This is a great example of the spirit of cooperation: local homebuilders putting aside natural business competitiveness to work together, and work with HANV, Community Lodgings and with the City of Alexandria to benefit local families and improve the local community,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia.

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, enabling nonprofit partners like Community Lodgings to invest budget in programs and services rather than construction expenses. This project is HANV’s fourth project with Community Lodgings and is the first time HANV has organized a formal consortium of multiple builders to co-lead as joint project “Builder Captains.” The City of Alexandria, BB&T and the Virginia Housing Development Authority also contributed funds for the project.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless individuals and families gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 118 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,500 homeless individuals.

About Community Lodgings

Celebrating 30 years of impact in the local community, Community Lodgings lifts families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through its affordable housing and transitional housing options, as well as community outreach and youth education programs.

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Media contact: Shelley Ducker, 202.255.0561

Thanks to the construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Community Lodgings project:

Trade Partners

A&M Drywall Construction

Ace Trim Carpentry

Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning

AJS Consulting Engineers

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems

ARC Firestop Solutions, LLC

B&K Distributors

Best Painting Services LLC

Better Termite

Builders FirstSource

Bryant Plumbing

Capital Construction of America, Inc.

Central Wholesalers

Christopher Consultants

Countryside Electric, Inc.

Custom Services & Flooring

John Darvish Construction Co.

General Electric Appliances

Homestead Building System

K&M Masonry

Madison Homes

Metro Stoneworks

Metro Tile

Mid Atlantic Contracting

Mid South Building Supply

Nicholas Trucking

Potomac Concrete

Proper Tree Care, LLC

R&F Metals

Rust Orling Architecture

Southland Insulators

TAC Ceramic Tile

TNT Services Group

Tysons Service Corporation

Vintage Security

Virginia Cleaning and Punchout Inc.

 

Furnishings provided by

Staged Interior

 

Major Contributors

BB&T

City of Alexandria

Virginia Housing Development Authority

 

The Brain Foundation, HomeAid & K. Hovnanian Homes Upgrade Group Homes for Fairfax Residents with Brain Disease

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Group Homes in Fairfax for Individuals Living with Brain Disease and Mental Illness are now Upgraded, Optimized for Independent Living via Brain Foundation & HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

Fairfax, VA – June 7, 2016 – Individuals in Northern Virginia suffering from brain injury or brain diseases, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders, now have newly upgraded residences to call home with the completion of extensive renovations of two group homes run by the Brain Foundation of Fairfax County. The Brain Foundation provides affordable, stable housing for those suffering from serious brain diseases who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless.  The renovations were completed by HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations such as the Brain Foundation to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

These homes provide stable, affordable and safe housing for an at-risk and vulnerable local population. Individuals with brain injury or brain disease are particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless.  An episode of psychosis, for example, can lead to homelessness. Homelessness itself can exacerbate chronic mental health issues.

Led by Builder Captain K. Hovnanian Homes, HomeAid Northern Virginia renovated two Brain Foundation group homes (one for men and one for women), investing more than $78,000 in improving the housing and amenities offered to Brain Foundation residents. Renovations and upgrades included updated kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring, repainting, mold abatement, and reconfiguring internal areas to ease co-living and shared space and create individual storage spaces. The four-bedroom houses are close to bus or train lines and within walking distance of a grocery store, enabling mobility for residents and fostering independence. The Foundation owns and runs nine houses in Fairfax County.

“One of the most important aspects of the projects—updating the kitchen and adding storage space and cabinets—makes such an enormous difference,” said Brain Foundation president Trudy Harsh. “It may seem like a small thing, but when a number of unrelated adults live together, having separate storage space is really important. Other improvements, including updating all three bathrooms and replacing old wall-to-wall carpet with hard-surface flooring, will make the house not only look more updated and beautiful, but it will make it easier to keep clean, and that too is such an important aspect of shared living space.” A total of 8 individuals live in the renovated group homes.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless individuals and families gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 116 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 112,000 homeless individuals.

Thanks to the 32 construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to HomeAid Northern Virginia’s project with the Brain Foundation of Fairfax County:

Advanced Flooring & Design
Alliance Structural Engineers
Aristokraft Inc.
Ayalas Carpentry Inc.
B&K Distributors Inc.
BMC/Stock Building Supply
Builders First Source
Capital Mechanical
CC Carpentry
Choice Stairways
Construction Applicators
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
GE Appliance
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Industrial Disposal Services, Inc.
J&J Ironworks
John Darvish
Construction Co., Inc.
JSC Concrete Construction Inc.
K & M Masonry
K.Hovnanian (builder captain)
LMO, Inc. Professional Carpentry
McCrea Heating & AC
SC Companies, Inc.
Southern Electric
VCI
Virginia Cleaning and
Punchout, Inc.
Virginia Marble & Granite

Formerly Homeless Families in Northern Virginia to Benefit from Upgraded Supportive Housing with Community Lodgings/HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

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Groundbreaking of $650,000 improvement project to be led by four local homebuilders who put competition aside to collaborate on transitioning families out of homelessness

 

Alexandria, Va. – May 9, 2017 – Formerly homeless families will soon have newly upgraded residences, following a new collaboration between Community Lodgings and HomeAid Northern Virginia to renovate Community Lodgings’ six-unit supportive housing apartment building in the City of Alexandria. Community Lodgings helps homeless and low-income families by providing a variety of affordable and transitional housing options. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders.

 

The full renovation of the 10,446 sq. ft. Community Lodgings building will be coordinated by HomeAid and completed by a consortium of four local homebuilders: Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene HomesM/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The project will entail gutting, rebuilding and upgrading all supportive housing units in the building from the ground up. As part of the update, the building will be reconfigured to accommodate seven, rather than six apartments, enabling more families to call the property “home.”  The groundbreaking was held today with each involved organization, local officials and community advocates. (Photos available upon request.)

 

The renovated building will, once completed, provide housing stability for families who are transitioning out of homelessness and working toward self-sufficiency through Community Lodging’s comprehensive programs of transitional housing, affordable housing, and education.

 

At an estimated $650,000 in construction costs, this will be one of HANV’s larger undertakings. HomeAid, the consortium of four builder captains and their network of trade partners are anticipating to cover a significant portion of the costs via donated labor and materials, enabling Community Lodgings to invest more funds into its programs and services rather than into construction costs. The City of Alexandria, Virginia Community Capital, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority are also providing funding.

 

While HomeAid has led more than 114 construction and renovation projects for shelters and supportive housing units across Northern Virginia since its founding in 2001, because of the large scope and cost of the renovation, this is the first time it has organized a formal consortium of multiple builders to co-lead as joint project “builder captains.”

 

“Housing provided by organizations like Community Lodgings make a direct impact in the prevention and elimination of homelessness and housing instability across Northern Virginia. HANV’s pulling together a consortium to lead this project with the help of Brookfield Residential, Evergreene Homes, M/I Homes and Richmond American Homes represents our desire to take on a large, costly and high-impact project that not many builders could handle alone,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia. “This is a great example of the spirit of cooperation: local homebuilders putting aside natural business competitiveness to work together, and work with HANV, Community Lodgings and with the City of Alexandria to have impact on the local community.”

 

“Our work is about giving families a stable, secure place to call home. Once again, HomeAid Northern Virginia and its network of builder partners has been given the opportunity to work toward our mission of ending homeless in our community,” said Lynn Thomas, Executive Director of Community Lodging. “The renovation will be a dream come true for the residents who will create homes and rebuild their lives here.”

The project is HANV’s fourth project with Community Lodgings to improve and update the transitional and affordable housing it provides.

 

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, engages the resources and interests of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners in order to undertake new construction and major renovations to properties owned by homelessness service providers that help homeless individuals and families gain stability and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. The organization was started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then, has completed more than 114 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,000 homeless individuals.

 

About Community Lodgings

Community Lodgings lifts families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through its transitional housing and affordable housing options, as well as community outreach and youth education programs.

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Media contact: Shelley Ducker, 202.255.0561

 

Construction trade partners that will be contributing labor and resources to the

Community Lodgings project include:

 

Ace Trim Carpentry

Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning

AJS Consulting Engineers

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems

B&K Distributors

Better Termite

Builders FirstSource

Bryant Plumbing

Capital Siding

Christopher Consultants

Construction Applicators

Countryside Electric, Inc.

Custom Floor

John Darvish Construction

General Electric Appliances

Homestead Building System

Horizon Contracting

K&M Masonry

Madison Homes

Metro Stoneworks

Metro Tile

Mid South Building Supply

Nicholas Trucking

Potomac Concrete

R&F Metals

Rust Orling Architecture

Southland Insulators

TAC Ceramic Tile

TNT Services Group

Tysons Service Corporation

Virginia Cleaning and Punchout

Furnishing provided by
Staged Interior

 

Community Lodgings building in Alexandria providing transitional housing to homeless families. Renovation of the building and its residential units to be provided by HomeAid Northern Virginia and its team of four local home builders.