Provided by HomeAid Northern Virginia
This week, HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) completed its 150th project building and upgrading emergency shelters and supportive housing facilities for those experiencing homelessness. Together these 150 projects have enabled 167,000 of Northern Virginia’s most vulnerable residents, from families experiencing homelessness to victims of domestic abuse to runaway teens, to have a stable place to live. HANV has invested more than $18 million into housing options across Northern Virginia communities ($6.2 million in Prince William County) ranging from construction of a brand new residence for pregnant teens, to updating the kitchens and bathrooms of supportive housing properties, to expanding local food pantries to installing upgraded security at domestic violence shelters.
HANV’s milestone 150th project was the recently completed renovation of the Winchester Rescue Mission. HANV’s “builder captain” Dan Ryan Homes and three construction trade partners replaced flooring, repainted, and expanded storage of the 1930s building, and donated nearly 100% of the $70,000 renovation cost. Winchester Rescue Mission provides housing for 33 individuals, serves up to 80 people with its nightly dinner, and provides additional support through its food pantry. This project also marks HANV’s first project in Frederick County, Virginia.
Impact in Prince William County
HANV’s 150 projects include 30 in Prince William County, benefiting 10 nonprofits providing housing and support services in the county, including:
- ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center (6 projects)
- BARN Community Housing (3 projects)
- Catholic Charities (2 projects)
- Good Shepherd Housing Foundation (3 projects)
- Northern Virginia Family Service (10 projects)
- Youth for Tomorrow (2 projects)
The charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates programmatic spaces of nonprofits directly serving those affected by homelessness. By mobilizing the donated expertise, labor and resources of homebuilders and trade partners (suppliers, manufacturers, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, etc.), HANV projects enable significant savings on construction costs (often covering 100%). This allows these nonprofits to allocate their scarce resources on programming and supportive interventions such as job skills training and mental health services that improve lives and help transition people out of homelessness, rather than on construction/renovation costs.
Dr. Gary Jones is CEO, Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow. Jones said, “Many of the girls at Youth For Tomorrow arrive only with the hope that they can find a safe space to rebuild their lives. Many have lived through physical or sexual abuse. All have faced challenges no child should face.
“With the dedicated girls’ homes on campus, our comprehensive support services and our school, we can enable these girls to heal and rebuild. HomeAid and its network of trade partners have provided an amazing gift to the children and students in our care. This was not just a construction project, it was a home building project in the truest sense of the word – providing a safe, stable and secure place for girls coming out of hardship to grow and rebuild. This home will help nurture the spirits of hundreds and hundreds of girls here at Youth for Tomorrow over the years ahead.”