Frequently Asked Questions
HomeAid Northern Virginia is a successful and dynamic non-profit that builds and renovates housing and shelter facilities for the organizations that own/operate them. We support shelters and the community at-large by leveraging the relationships and resources of the homebuilding industry to change the lives of those who are homeless.
Started in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), HomeAid Northern Virginia believes that the best way to solve homelessness is to ensure everyone has a safe and stable place to live. HomeAid’s partners give their time, resources, and expertise to improve the lives of thousands of people struggling with homelessness by focusing on what matters most – a home.
HomeAid enables the homebuilding community to give back by doing what they do best, ensuring that the upgrades/new building projects are of the highest quality and that the work is both efficient and long-lasting. We work exclusively with shelter organizations (rather than directly with homeless families and individuals) because this helps to ensure that the people we serve will receive the kind of attention and programming (in addition to housing) that they need in order to reach self-sufficiency. The shelter organizations receive significant cost savings on the work—savings that allows their limited resources to go back into the job skills training and other educational resources that truly help people to get back on their feet.
It is a model built on partnerships—partnerships between two or more non-profits and many public and private companies, which allows each party to focus on giving back in the way that is most efficient based on their skillsets; builders focus on building, shelter partners on providing services to their clients, and HomeAid on bridging gaps in fundraising and transforming the needs of the shelter community into action (providing necessary project management). The professional nature of the building projects completed ensures the longevity of the project and creates assets for the shelter community. HomeAid is the only organization providing building and renovation services to shelter organizations in Northern Virginia.
Homeless families moving into properties we’ve built or renovated have a safe, stable place to live and enriched programming—both of which help to restore confidence, lift a significant burden, and empower them to become self-sufficient. Funds saved on each project go into educational programs and other training to help clients get back on their feet. Facilities that due to budgetary restrictions and ignorance of the building process might otherwise go unmaintained are remodeled and rather than being an “eyesore” become a source of source of pride for the community.
For people without one, a home changes everything. A home offers so much more than a place to sleep—it is a place to feel safe, to grow together as a family, to work towards a brighter future. Research shows that having a safe, happy environment in which to live improves one’s health and greatly increases a child’s chances of growing up without developmental and physical delays. A safe and stable home improves a child’s foundation for a bright, happy, and healthy future. The buildings we build or upgrade become that strong foundation, helping to improve not only the daily living conditions of the people living in them, but also help to improve their futures and the future of our community by extension. Additionally, our projects are build to last; they reduce the cost to shelter organizations of “turning over” their properties for new families for many years to come. Our project homes also boost the self-confidence of the people living in them, encouraging them to work for a better future and the opportunity to provide a similar place for their own families.
Be a Builder Captain or Trade Partner. Every project we undertake needs building industry experts like you. Get involved and watch your investment of time and resources make a positive, long-term impact on homeless families and individuals.
Tie HomeAid to your corporate event. Many companies and organizations have organized charity runs, golf, tennis, and cornhole tournaments for the benefit of HomeAid Northern Virginia. What could your company do?
Have an interest or skill you’d like to share with shelter families? HomeAid regularly connects volunteers with our shelter partners for the benefit of families who are learning to be self-sufficient. If you have a special skill or interest – like cooking, budgeting, organizing in a small space, or something else you’d like to share one-on-one with a shelter client or in a small group setting, please let us know.
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