ALEXANDRIA, VA – HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) is a nonprofit organization that believes all people deserve a home. They recently completed their 150th remodeling project in the Northern Virginia area. That number includes 16 sites in Alexandria.
The organization seeks to end homelessness by giving families a safe and stable place to live during transition. HANV accomplishes this through the act of building and renovating other nonprofits that serve the homeless population.
Projects in Alexandria have included renovations of the following:
- ALIVE! House
- Carpenter’s Shelter
- Friends of Guest House
- Catholic Charities
- Alexandria Women’s Shelter
- New Hope Housing
- Community Lodgings
John Croft, the program director for Christ House, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities, said that their renovation improved the morale of residents and staff. “Working with HomeAid helps us forward our mission of care and support and direct our resources to programs that are benefiting so many here.”
HANV projects enable savings on construction costs. In fact, according to a press release, they often cover 100 percent of the costs. This means that nonprofits, which usually have limited funds, can allocate their resources to assisting those in need.
Created in 2001, the organization is the charitable arm of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. Contractors, builders, and renovators all generously donate their time and skill to HANV projects.
“It is so special for the women in our program to move into a beautiful and newly upgraded residence like this. It helps them to feel, sometimes for the first time, that they themselves deserve to live in a beautiful space, said Kari Galloway, Executive Director at Friends of Guest House. “HomeAid truly created a beautiful space to serve as a launch pad for new beginnings.”