95,000 of Northern Virginia’s Most Vulnerable Citizens Helped by HomeAid’s 100 Building and Renovation Projects
October Marks the Completion of HomeAid’s 100th Shelter Project, Providing More than $12 Million of Construction Services to Local Homeless Shelters and Housing Facilities
Chantilly, VA – October 19, 2015 – This month, HomeAid Northern Virginia completed its 100th construction and renovation project for local homeless shelters and housing facilities since its founding and first project in 2001, enabling more than 95,000 of Northern Virginia’s most vulnerable residents – from homeless families to victims of domestic abuse to runaway teens – to have a safe and stable place to live, eat a healthy meal and get a restful night of sleep.
The charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of homebuilders and trade partners (suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, etc.). HomeAid projects provide significant cost savings to the shelters and allow organizations serving the homeless to invest their budgets in programs and services rather than building expenses.
From the construction of entirely new shelter buildings to renovating sleeping areas to updating kitchens and bathrooms and installing security systems, HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 100 projects have provided $12.7 million of construction to more than 40 organizations serving the local community including:
- Alexandria Women’s Shelter/ Alexandria Domestic Violence Program
- Alternative House’s Emergency Shelter for Teenagers
- Community Residences
- Doorways for Women and Families
- Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
- Northern Virginia Family Service
- Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) Residential Treatment Services
For a more complete listing of HomeAid projects in Northern Virginia, visit http://www.homeaidnova.org/in-our-community/shelter-projects/.
“The shelters for homeless families and children, victims of domestic abuse, runaway teens and the vulnerable among us are almost always at capacity and often in need of repairs and renovations. Back in 2001, home builders in our area recognized this need that they could uniquely fill, and started HomeAid Northern Virginia. The 100 projects we’ve completed since that time bring hope and dignity to individuals and families struggling to obtain stable housing. These high-quality projects – completed by some of the region’s best home builders and construction partners – enhance surrounding neighborhoods and communities, and enable resources otherwise earmarked for construction to be deployed for care and services to help people get back on their feet,” said Christy Eaton, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia.
“HomeAid provides hands-on support to the homeless in our community in a very real, very meaningful way. Through building and construction projects, they are literally helping families and individuals to rebuild their lives,” said Stephanie Berkowitz, president and chief executive officer of Northern Virginia Family Service. “HomeAid is able to bring in architects, engineers and trade craftsman – often working for free – so the facilities in our area are well designed, functional and ‘homey,’ providing comfort and dignity to the individuals and communities they serve.” Through HomeAid projects, Northern Virginia Family Service has expanded and updated its shelter and food distribution center, constructed space for a Head Start day care facility, and renovated housing provided for disabled veterans and homeless families.
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 people 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 100 projects valued at more than $12.7 million, serving more than 95,440 homeless individuals.