HomeAid in the News

December 2016

Local organizations help hundreds of families in Prince William County hidden tent communities

From DCW50 News
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — After seeing DCW50’s reports concerning the homeless tent communities in Prince William County, HomeAid Northern Virginia and Seva Truck teamed up to make a difference for those in need.

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September 2016

Formerly Homeless Women Veterans in Fairfax County to have Renovated, Upgraded Supportive Housing with Final Salute, HomeAid Northern Virginia Collaboration

Collaboration between service provider for women veterans and homebuilders to improve housing for up to 10 veterans and their children in Fairfax

Fairfax, Va. – September 15, 2015 – Formerly homeless and vulnerable female veterans and their children will soon have a newly renovated and upgraded residence, following the kick-off of a collaboration between Final Salute and HomeAid Northern Virginia to renovate 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 who are struggling with homelessness or military transition and their minor 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.”

 

Jas, an Army veteran who deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns, faced homelessness herself when she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina and was simultaneously diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. She learned by direct experience that there were few veteran programs to provide assistance to both her and her son.  Since founding Final Salute in 2010 to provide support to other women veterans like her, Jas and Final Salute have served more than 2,000 women across 30 U.S. states and territories.

 

The Final Salute home in Fairfax County provides 8,700 sq. ft. of living space for up to 10 residents – all female veterans and their children.  The house currently has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. With the renovation led by HomeAid and its “builder captain” Winchester Homes, overall living space will be reconfigured for 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, with kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new fixtures, expanded storage and the overall space layout optimized for residence. A previously under-utilized area of the basement will be converted into living space – with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen – for a live-in resident manager to provide ongoing services to house residents.

 

Of the estimated $330,000 cost of the renovation, more than half will be donated by HANV, Winchester Homes and its trade partners – electricians, plumbers, etc. – participating on the project. Final Salute is receiving support from a generous donation provided by the Flatley Foundation, as well as assistance from local architect Ricardo Hendi and his team/partners from Arimse Architects in Alexandria, Va. Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $10,000 grant towards this project and Van Metre Companies Foundation is providing 100% of the proceeds from its upcoming annual Cornhole Challenge (Oct. 8 in Brambleton Town Center) to this renovation. HANV is seeking additional grants to cover the remaining costs, so that Final Salute is positioned to invest its budget in programs and services for women veterans and their children, rather than in construction costs.

 

“It’s inspiring to be involved with Final Salute and HomeAid on a project to give a safe sanctuary to women veterans and their families right here in our region,” said John Monacci, executive vice president of Winchester Homes, a Tri Pointe Group company, which is leading the renovation as a HomeAid builder captain. “Partnering on this project is a great way for us – and the trade partners who are collaborating with us – to serve those who have served our country.”

 

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 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 107 projects valued at a total of more than $13.6 million and serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

About Final Salute

The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with a place to call home. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit organization in the DC Metro Area that offers housing assistance exclusively to homeless women Veterans and their children. Since it’s founding in 2010, the organization has provided more than 10,000 days of housing serving women veterans and their children. Among many national recognitions for this important work, founder Jas Boothe has received a Standing “O”vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota and been recognized as a CNN Hero and People magazine Hero Among Us. Learn more and support Final Salute by visiting www.finalsaluteinc.org.

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

Final Salute project include:

Augustine Plumbing

Annandale Millwork

Buhl Electric

Colorworld Drywall

Crigger Contracting

CTI

Falcon HVAC

Hizer Home Improvement

L&H Mechanical

MJ Exterior

TA/Sundecks

Oakwood Worldwide

Summit Roofing

United Foundations

 

 

 

Media Contacts:

 Final Salute:                                                                            HomeAid Northern Virginia:

Rusty Foster                                                                            Shelley Ducker

703.646.1282                                                                          202.255.0561

rustyfoster@bowtiestrategies.com                                         sduckercommunications@gmail.com

August 2016

300 Homeless Children and their Families Enjoyed an Exciting Night of Baseball at HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th Annual Night at the Ballpark

Chantilly, VA – August 20, 2016 – More than 150 children and families from 14 local Northern Virginia homeless shelters and supportive housing programs enjoyed “America’s Pastime” this weekend (Aug. 19) – a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals vs. the Frederick Keys at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. as part of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s 6th annual Night at the Ballpark.

Each year, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) sends families from local shelters in NoVa neighborhoods from Arlington to Warrenton to enjoy a night of baseball and family fun with the Potomac Nationals.  The children – some of the most vulnerable in our region – get the chance to spend quality time with their family, run the bases, take pictures with the mascot and meet the players after the game. For many, HomeAid’s Night at the Ballpark presents their first opportunity to attend a baseball game.

Each of the shelter organizations sending residents to the game is a collaborator with HomeAid Northern Virginia. HANV builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders. This enables nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses. HANV provides tickets to the event to case managers of these partner homelessness organizations, who in turn coordinate attendance with their residents.

Shelters sending residents to the HANV Night at the Ballpark included Shelter House in Reston; New Hope Housing in Alexandria; Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) in Manassas; Pathway Homes in Fairfax; Windy Hill Foundation in Middleburg; Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington; and Good Shepard Housing & Family Services in Woodbridge.

As part of the annual Night at the Ballpark, all residents, parents and children attending from the local shelters received vouchers for dinner at the stadium, a souvenir t-shirt and other goodies Each child was also provided a new backpack for the upcoming school year, provided by the HANV Backpack Challenge. The Night at the Ballpark was sponsored by Augustine Homes, Buhl Electric and Select Construction Company.

 

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 shelter 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 more than 107 projects valued at more than $13.6 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.

 

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June 2016

More Room for Women Giving Back

Women Giving Back, which runs a clothing donation center and store to provide women and children living in Northern Virginia shelters with free clothing and accessories, recently doubled its capacity with the completion of an addition led by HomeAid Northern Virginia and Knutson Companies.

The recently unveiled $36,000 expansion doubled the warehouse and retail space, which enables the local nonprofit to provide many more shoppers—vulnerable and at-risk women and children—with clothing and accessories for work and school. Since 2007, the center has donated more than 300,000 clothing items to more than 23,000 women and 15,300 children in crisis.

National Association of Home Builders’ “NAHB Now” blog

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March 2016

Workforce Shortages and Creative Partnerships

The shortage of skilled construction workers is a key factors rising construction costs that have a significant impact on the industry’s ability to provide affordable housing…HANV is addressing workforce issue by convening our partners around job training and job placement. Partnering with select construction trade businesses to understand the skills they are looking for, we’re matching these needs to the workforce training programs our nonprofit service provider partners offer to their clients.

Affordable Housing Finance

December 2015

How DC Real Estate Gives Back

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HomeAid Northern Virginia, the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, reached a big milestone last month. It finished its 100th construction and renovation project for local homeless shelters and housing facilities. The work is done via donated expertise, labor and resources from the local homebuilder community, including Stanley Martin Homes, Kettler, BOWA and Toll Brothers. Its 100 projects has provided $12.7M of construction to over 40 organizations serving the local community. 

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October 2015

HomeAid Finishes 100th Local Project

HomeAid Northern Virginia recently completed its 100th construction and renovation project for local homeless shelters and housing facilities.

The completed projects “bring hope and dignity to individuals and families struggling to obtain stable housing,” said Christy Eaton, executive director of HomeAid.

Since its founding in 2001, the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association has enabled more than 95,000 at-risk Northern Virginians to have a safe and stable place to live.

During that time, the organization has provided more than $12.7 million in construction assistance to more than 40 organizations serving the community.

Among the organizations assisted is Northern Virginia Family Service. Stephanie Berkowitz, its president, said HomeAid provides support “in a very real, very meaningful way.”

“HomeAid is able to bring in architects, engineers and trade craftsmen, often working for free, so the facilities in our area are well-designed, functional and ‘homey,’ providing comfort and dignity,” Berkowitz said.

 

Read the story on InsideNova

February 2015

Nonprofit Women Giving Back serve homeless women, children in NoVa

‘Everyone leaves here feeling so good — the shoppers, their children, the volunteers’
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January 2015

Comcast Newsmakers Features Interview with Christy Eaton

Christy discusses HomeAid’s mission, partnerships and more during this television interview.

January 2015

Women Giving Back featured on WJLA’s Harris’ Heroes

Leon Harris from WJLA, who visited HomeAid’s Women Giving Back store in January, shares our story.

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