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HomeAid in the News: 2019 Housing Forum

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2019 Housing Forum was one of the most powerful Housing Forums since we first started delivering this networking and educational program to housing and homeless service providers nine years ago. Check out the local media coverage on the event below.

Fairfax Times: Article published Friday, June 7, 2019

Annual housing forum looks at impact of racism on homelessness

A familiar mantra among shelters, nonprofits, and other organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness is that anyone can become homeless.

While it is true that homelessness affects all kinds of people, the belief that it is a universal issue often leads policymakers, community leaders, and workers in the field to overlook the reality that some people are more likely to become homeless than others, Center for Social Innovation chief equity and impact officer Regina Cannon says.

Dispelling the myth that homelessness is colorblind was the central focus of the 2019 HomeAid Northern Virginia Housing Forum, which took place on May 9 at the Reston Community Center and brought together more than 130 individuals representing 49 organizations from across the region.

Held annually by HomeAid NOVA, a nonprofit housing provider, the housing forum gives organizations that provide services or programs related to homelessness the opportunity to share ideas and interact across different jurisdictions.

The forum typically features speeches from local experts, but for this year, the HomeAid team decided to try a new approach and bring in an organization with national reach to discuss race and homelessness, titling the event “Leading with Racial Equity: Data and Beyond.”

Full article.

Thanks to all of our attendees and all of those who made this illuminating event possible!

Third-Party Event Fundraiser: 2019 K. Hovnanian Golf Tournament

By | Announcements, In the News, News, Third Party Events

K. Hovnanian raises over $25,000 for HomeAid Northern Virginia at their 2019 Golf Tournament!

From left to right: Shane Lanehart, John Darvish, Kristyn Burr, and Gary Chandler.

Third-party charity fundraisers are getting to be a very popular way to show support in a big way for HomeAid, and in June, we were honored to accept a donation of over $25,000 from K. Hovnanian Homes, who designated HomeAid as the beneficiary for their recent company golf tournament. This donation not only provides critically important funding, but it also helps introduce HomeAid to potential new supporters!

“The value of these kinds of fundraisers is really three-fold,” HomeAid Northern Virginia Executive Director and CEO Kristyn Burr said. “The funds raised may be the most visible result, but equally impactful is that from the perspective of our small staff, these efforts quite literally expand our capacity since other organizations take on the event planning and hosting responsibilities, which we know is a heavy lift. Third, they’re helping spread awareness and increase education about our mission and local homelessness to an entirely new group of people, many of whom we may not be able to reach if it weren’t for our common connection with the host company. We’re so grateful for the support and humbled by the gift”

Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and supporters at K. Hovnanian Homes, who made this golf tournament such a huge success!

Click here for more information on hosting third-party events.

If you’re ready to start planning your third-party event, or have any questions about how you can get started today and how we can help, please contact Kristyn Burr 571-283-6320 or

HomeAid in the News: Aspire! Afterschool

By | Announcements, In the News, News

HomeAid Northern Virginia had the pleasure of completing a 7,300 square-foot Aspire! Afterschool facility in Arlington, VA. Check out the local news coverage on the project below.

Inside NoVa Article Published May 30, 2019

Aspire educational program celebrates completion of capital campaign

Aspire! Afterschool is celebrating completion of a $1 million capital campaign, designed to outfit a 7,300-square-foot expansion to meet increasing demand for after-school and summer-school academic and enrichment programs for at-risk students.

The new facility is located in the Arlington Mill Community Center.  Summer camps for 120 children will open in early July, and the flagship “Learning Rocks!” after-school program will resume in the fall.

“Words can’t express how thrilled and grateful we are to achieve this amazing feat, thanks to the incredible generosity of our partners, donors and supporters,” said Aspire! board chair Steve Manlove, managing principal at HDR Architecture – also a major campaign sponsor. “This truly has been the most amazing public-private partnership.”

Full article.

Thank you, HITT Construction and the following trade partners, for providing and funding for this project:

Capitol Building Supply

Darvish Companies

GHT Limited

The Justin Company

MidSouth Building Supply

McCormick Paints

Perkins + Will

RCD, inc.

Homeless shelter in Old Town Alexandria undergoes massive renovation

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Built in 1810, Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.

The new lobby of Christ House in Alexandria, Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s (CCDA) “Christ House” in Old Town has undergone a massive renovation and upgrade, thanks to a partnership with HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV), a non-profit that builds and renovates local housing and shelter facilities. Christ House provides transitional housing for 14 men, a food pantry, emergency assistance, and a nightly soup kitchen that has served dinner every night since 1974. The building dates to 1810.

Christ House challenged the renovation team to stay true to the property’s historic nature while upgrading it for today’s needs and uses.  The top-to-bottom, three-floor facelift included upgrades to the kitchen, dining room, lobby, apartments and bathrooms. Additionally, throughout the building, there’s now new flooring, vents, thermostats, electrical, and lighting. Staff offices, meeting rooms a chapel were also freshened with new paint, flooring, lighting, and window treatments. Not only were key historic elements of the building preserved, but the soup kitchen was able to serve its nightly dinner throughout the renovation process, uninterrupted.

“The renovation of Christ House is an enormous morale lifter for our staff and for the people we serve, as well as particularly for the 14 men living in our transitional housing program today – and those in the future –  as they work toward financial independence and self-sufficiency,” said John Croft, program director for Christ House. “Working with HomeAid helps us forward our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that are benefitting so many here in Arlington.”

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling organizations such as Catholic Charities to focus their budgets and resources on supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. Under this partnership, HomeAid and covered 100% of the costs of the $83,000 renovation of Christ House, led by project “Builder Captain” K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and 28 construction trade partners.


About Catholic Charities, Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Catholic Charities is the charitable arm of the Catholic Church in the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington under the leadership of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities serves the poor and vulnerable who live in the Diocese, whether they are Catholic or not. Catholic Charities services include food for the hungry, a free medical clinic, transformational housing for men and families, individual and family counseling, emergency financial aid, immigration and refugee services, job training and workforce development, prison ministry and former prisoner re-entry program.

About HANV

HomeAid Northern Virginia brings together local non-profit service providers with the local homebuilder community to build/renovate homeless shelters, housing facilities and community spaces for programs serving the homeless. These collaborative partnerships enable homebuilders to do what they do best (build) and service providers to do what they do best (provide housing and wraparound services). HANV has completed 134 construction projects that together have served as a safe and stable space for more than 138,000 vulnerable individuals in our community.

Thanks to K. Hovnanian Homes Virginia and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
B&K Distributors, Inc.
Builders FirstSource
Capital Mechanical, LLC
CC Carpentry
Construction Applicators
Darvish Interiors
Dominion Electric Supply Co.
FM Construction
General Electric
Green Landscaping, Inc.
Interior Logic Group

LMO, Inc. Professional Carpentry
MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
McCormick Paints
McCrea Heating & AC
Moen, Inc.
My Maids, Inc.
Progress Lighting
Sight & Sound Systems, Inc.
Shaw Floors
Southern Electrical Service Company
Virginia Marble & Granite
Virginia Cleaning & Punchout
Washington Lanehart Electric Company

Leadership Fairfax Honors Community Leaders at 2018 Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards – Congressman Gerry Connolly Recognizes Honorees

By | In the News, News, Uncategorized

Fairfax, VA – Leadership Fairfax honored six community leaders for their visionary and innovative contributions to Fairfax County and the region at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLAs) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at a luncheon attended by representatives from government, business and nonprofits at Waterford Receptions. Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly addressed the crowd, stating “You’ve got to have passion. You’ve got to really mean it and you’ve got to exude it.”

The annual event highlights leaders who have made a significant impact in the area through a passionate commitment to community partnerships and volunteer service, furthering Leadership Fairfax’s mission to convene meaningful discussions and strategic thinkers to address community issues. The organization bestows awards in six categories. The 2018 winners are as follows. 

Educational Leadership Award: Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Director – Intervention and Prevention Services; Fairfax County Public Schools

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Organization: HomeAid Northern Virginia

Nonprofit Leadership Award for An Individual: Kerrie Wilson, CEO; Cornerstones

Corporate Leadership Award: Custom Ink

Regional Leadership Award: Maggie Parker, Vice President – Communications; Comstock Companies

Trustee Leadership Award: Major Tyler Corey; Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

The award winners were also recognized by United States Senator Mark Warner’s Outreach Representative in a letter written by the senator, acknowledging the honorees for their commitment to community and volunteer service. This message was continued by Karen Cleveland, CEO and President of Leadership Fairfax who stated, “Our honorees bring our community together and inspire others to be the change they want to see in the world.”

Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that inspires, develops, engages and connects leaders across sectors and experience to impact issues facing Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region. Through its three programs – Leadership Fairfax Institute. (LFI), Emerging Leaders Institute. (ELI), and Lifetime Leaders Program (LLP) – Leadership Fairfax has graduated over 1,800 community leaders who have logged over 300,000 community service hours serving nonprofits, county commissions and providing direct resource development and services. Leadership Fairfax is located at 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 100, Vienna, VA 22182. For more information, visit or call (703) 752-7555.


2018 Annual Northern VirginiaLeadership Award winners (from L-R): Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia(Nonprofit Leadership – Organization); Major Tyler Corey, Fairfax CountySheriff’s Office (Trustee Leadership Award); Maggie Parker, Comstock Companies(Regional Leadership Award); Grace Spalding, Custom Ink (Corporate Leadership);Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Fairfax County Public Schools (Educational Leadership);and Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones (Nonprofit Leadership – Individual).

HomeAid in the News: 17th Annual Gala and Auction

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia holds a Gala & Auction in order to fundraise for future projects and celebrate our wonderful builder captains, trade partners, and all that we have accomplished with their dedication and hard work. Check out the local news coverage on the 17th Annual Gala & Auction below.

Loudoun Now article published Saturday, November 24, 2018

HomeAid Northern Virginia Celebrates Community Contributions

HomeAid Northern Virginia presented awards to a local nonprofit, business and business leader at its 17th annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 10 at Lansdowne Resort.

The organization mobilizes the local homebuilding business community and its corporate partners to undertake new construction and major renovations for homeless shelters, supporting housing facilities and nonprofits that help homeless individuals and families in the community gain stability.

At its gala earlier this month, HANV presented the Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award to Loudoun Hunger Relief; the Trade Partner of the Year Award to Staged Interior in Chantilly; and the Presidents’ Award to John Buhl Jr. of Buhl Electric Company, based in Sterling.

Full article.

Huge thanks to the 40+ sponsors and 400+ supporters who attended our 17th Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, November 10, 2018!

HomeAid in the News: Final Salute

By | Announcements, In the News, News

In collaboration with Final Salute Inc., HomeAid Northern Virginia had the honor of helping to renovate and expand an eight-bedroom home serving homeless women veterans in Alexandria, VA. Check out the local news coverage of the project below.

Fairfax Times Article published November 15, 2018

Teetering on the brink of homelessness, this veteran found new beginnings in Alexandria

In November 2015, then-Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia was the first state to meet the federal definition of effectively ending homelessness among military veterans. Yet, that information seemed irrelevant to 37-year-old Quianna, a pregnant mother who had served in the United States Air Force for four years (2000-2004) with a rank of Senior Airman.

Quianna grew up in Annandale, VA. After serving in the military, she had settled in Charlotte, NC. In 2017, she decided to “step up” on her faith and build her own coaching and training business – Happy Work Week, LLC. She decided to take that risk in the area where she was raised and returned to Northern Virginia.

Full article.

DCW-TV channel50 Article published August 6, 2018

Retired army veteran helps homeless female veterans

Alexandria, VA – Retired army veteran Jas Boothe is on a mission. She has launched a mission to alleviate homelessness amongst female veterans through her organization Final Salute. Boothe got the inspiration to start Final Salute when she found herself in a precarious position. She left the Army when she got diagnosed with cancer and moved to New Orleans. She survived Hurricane Katrina but became homeless in the aftermath. During her homelessness, Booth realized the tremendous need affecting homeless veteran women and their children.

In Alexandria, Final Salute celebrated the ribbon cutting of a homeless shelter, designed to accommodate ten families. Quianna Rodriguez, the first veteran cleared to move in with her three children says, she is moved to see so many people pooling their resources to make this new shelter possible. She says she is inspired to pay it forward saying, “…being able to give back as well, to participate in the different events they have and volunteer.”

Full article. Article published July 17, 2018

Female Veterans and Children Given Housing

“I am just so blessed, to have this opportunity to have a place to stay,” said Quianna Rodriguez, a new resident.

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home, thanks to a collaboration between Final Salute Inc. and HomeAid Northern Virginia.

“This has a little bit of a special spot for me because I was a military spouse for six years and on top of that, females experiencing homelessness with their children, as a mother I cannot imagine. After you have served our country, it is a basic human need, a basic human right, to have a place to call home,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Full article. Article Published July, 2018

Welcoming Formerly Homeless Veterans and their children to Alexandria

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home following the completion of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia.

We worked alongside HomeAid to transform Final Salute’s residence in Alexandria, VA, to create a shelter for these families. As Builder Captain, our team was responsible for providing resources for the 8,700-square-foot renovation.

Full article.

HomeAid America Article published July, 2018

Formerly Homeless Female Veterans and Their Children Move Into Newly Renovated Home in Fairfax

Dedication ceremony hosted by Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia put focus on an overlooked and uniquely challenged population of veterans: single female veterans raising children

Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home, following the completion of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to transform Final Salute’s residence in Fairfax County. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children; HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. The renovated home will provide housing for up to 10 female veterans and their children who are struggling with homelessness.

Full article.

Thanks to Winchester Homes and to the trade partners who contributed labor and resources to the project:

ACM Services
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
Applied Environmental
Augustine Plumbing
Barrons Enterprises
Buhl Electric
Chick Landscaping
Colorworld Paint & Drywall
Crigger Contracting
East Coast Insulators
Falcon HVAC

IDS Industrial Disposal Services/Broad Run Recycling
ISI Flooring
MJ Exterior
Model Home Interiors
Noel’s Fire Protection
Hizer Home Improvement
Summit Management Permitting Service
Summit Roofing
Sundecks by T&A Contractors
United Foundations, Inc.
United Site Servies
W.C. Ralston Architecture

Loudoun Hunger Relief, Staged Interior and Buhl Electric Company Recognized with HomeAid Northern Virginia Presidents’ Circle Awards

By | Announcements, In the News, News

Nov. 10, 2018 – Chantilly, VAHomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) recognized local businesses, nonprofits and individuals for positive community impact and serving vulnerable families in the Northern Virginia region with its 2018 Presidents’ Circle Awards. HomeAid, a nonprofit that renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, presented the following awards at its 17th Annual Gala & Auction on Nov. 10th at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg.

  • Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award, presented to Loudoun Hunger Relief
  • Trade Partner of the Year Award, awarded to Staged Interior
  • Presidents’ Award, presented to John Buhl, Jr. of Buhl Electric Company

Nonprofit Service Provider Project of the Year Award

Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR, formerly Loudoun Interfaith Relief) is the largest food pantry in Loudoun County and has served the community for 27 years. Leesburg-based LHR distributes food to families six days a week, year-round. LHR collaborated with HANV this year on a full renovation of its food distribution space, which provides 1.2 million pounds of food to more than 8,000 individuals each year. The upgrade includes a separate lobby and waiting room for customers plus a new food selection “client choice” room that better displays the wide range of food items available. The new space gives families more autonomy over their choices, more privacy while they shop, and – as a result – more dignity while receiving food at Loudoun Hunger Relief’s distribution site. The renovation was led by Knutson Companies, which led the project as builder captain. The award recognizes the impact on the community through this project.

Trade Partner of the Year Award: Staged Interior

HomeAid’s trade partners are those in the home building industry – suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, etc. – who play meaningful roles in shelter construction projects by donating materials, time, labor and expertise. A family-run, Chantilly-based company led by Young and Trish Kim, Staged Interior has enhanced HomeAid projects by providing furniture, accessories and labor in order to transform HANV renovation and new-build projects into warm, welcoming, family-friendly homes. The Trade Partner of the Year award recognizes Staged Interior’s customized, personalized focus to ensure that each completed project meets the needs of incoming residents. Staged Interior has donated more than $200,000 of furniture and accessories to HANV projects including: furnishings for a group home HANV built for Youth for Tomorrow for teen girls who are pregnant, homeless, runaways or survivors of sex trafficking; furnishings for the 7 HANV-renovated affordable housing units operated by Community Lodgings in Alexandria; and furnishings for the 12 supportive housing units in Woodbridge that HANV upgraded for Catholic Charities for families coming out of regional emergency shelters and domestic violence programs.

Presidents’ Award: John Buhl, Jr. of Buhl Electric

John Buhl, Jr. serves as president of Sterling, VA-based Buhl Electric Company, Inc., his family-founded and family-run company that has been wiring new homes in Virginia for more than 50 years.  Under John’s leadership, the company has supported HANV through donation and in-kind services/expertise to 15 different HANV projects, including Youth for TomorrowShelter House and ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program. John has also generously supported HANV through sponsorship of numerous events, including the Gala, the annual Night at the Ballpark, and the Builder & Friends BBQ. The Presidents’ Award recognizes Buhl Electric’s willingness to regularly be “first in line to help” and provide meaningful assistance with HomeAid’s projects to serve our region’s communities. John has been an active member of HomeAid’s Board of Directors since 2016.

More than $400,000 Raised at Annual Gala

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 2018 annual gala raised more than $400,000 to build and renovate homeless shelters, supportive housing and programmatic facilities. Falcon Heating and Air Conditioning served as the presenting sponsor of the event that included more than 450 people in attendance. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Builders Floor Service.

See more photos of the event here.

About HomeAid Northern Virginia

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, convenes and mobilizes the local homebuilding business community and its corporate partners to undertake new construction and major renovations for homeless shelters and supporting housing facilities owned by nonprofit service providers that help homeless individuals and families in our community 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 127 projects valued at more than $15.7 million, serving more than 112,000 homeless individuals.