Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated upgraded residence, following the ribbon-cutting on July 17, 2018. Since 2015 – and many, many challenges along the way – Final Salute , HomeAid Northern Virginia and Builder Captain, Winchester Homes, finally put the finishing touches on the Fairfax County residence that will provide housing to up to 10 female veterans and their minor children who are struggling with homelessness or military transition. Final Salute provides safe and suitable housing to homeless women veterans and their children
“There are an estimated 55,000 homeless women vets in America – the fastest growing population of the homeless. Yet all too often, supportive housing programs for veterans aren’t tailored to the needs of women veterans, and in particular, single-mother veterans raising children,” said Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, founder of Final Salute. “More than 60% of programs that take in veterans don’t take in women, or don’t take in women with children, or have age limits on the children or have limits on how many kids you can take. That is not the case with Final Salute. Women have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War, it’s time they received the resources and support they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”
The Final Salute home, “Karen’s Home,” originally provided 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents, including 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Following the renovation led by HomeAid and its Builder Captain Winchester Homes, overall living space has been upgraded to 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and an overall space layout optimized for residence. Additionally, a previously under-utilized area of the basement has been converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.