Celebrating the Expansion and Renovation of the SERVE Shelter, Sept. 6

HomeAid and K. Hovnanian Homes to Celebrate Expansion and Renovation of
SERVE Shelter in Manassas

Chantilly, VA, August 20, 2012 – HomeAid Northern Virginia will celebrate the dedication of a new 4,000 sq. ft expansion and renovation of Northern Virginia Family Service’s family care shelter located at their SERVE campus in Manassas. The dedication ceremony will take place onsite, Thursday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. at 10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA 20110. View photos; watch YouTube video.

Builder Captain K. Hovnanian Homes and 29 trade partners expanded the shelter to increase capacity by more than 50 percent, bringing the number of beds from 60 to 92 and the ability to serve 250 more people a year. Also included in the expansion are common-use areas and a separate family wing. Renovations to the existing shelter include larger workspaces for staff, larger gathering spaces for residents, new flooring, new interior paint, new cabinetry in the playroom and a relocated and expanded outside play area.

“This was, by far, one of HomeAid’s largest projects in our 11 years of helping the homeless,” said Michael J. Scheurer, HomeAid Northern Virginia President and Northern Virginia Community Outreach Officer for the Virginia Housing Development Authority. “The renovation and expansion will have a positive impact on the community for many, many years.”

“Due to the increase in our shelter’s overall capacity, we will be even more effective in reducing homelessness in Prince William County,” said Mary Agee, CEO, Northern Virginia Family Service. “We’re incredibly grateful for our relationship with HomeAid Northern Virginia, and in this case to K. Hovnanian and all of the trade partners who made this possible, as well as to the City of Manassas, Prince William County, the Freddie Mac Foundation and E.E. Wine Co.”

The HomeAid renovation allows the facility to provide adequate shelter for families in transition, while also linking them to additional programs onsite. This expansion not only provides more emergency housing space, but it also provides training and counseling space so more individuals can get the life skills necessary to move on from transitional shelters.

“As an organization, from the top down, we all feel that we get as much as we give, and it gives all of us a huge energy boost. It’s exciting to know that we’re making such a big difference to so many,” said Pete Thompson, group president for K. Hovnanian Homes.

Journalists are invited to attend the dedication and may contact Denise Gavilan for more information.

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HomeAid Northern Virginia leverages the resources of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners to conduct major renovations to homeless shelters, transitional houses, food banks, medical clinics, counseling centers, and other facilities that help homeless people gain stability and a roof over their heads. HomeAid’s partners and resources help to significantly reduce the construction costs to care provider organizations, thereby allowing them redirect those dollars back into programs and services for these homeless families and individuals.

HomeAid Northern Virginia was started in 2001 by the members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and since then has completed more than 67 projects valued at more than $10 million. HomeAid Northern Virginia is a chapter of HomeAid America.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping vulnerable families and children. Each year, NVFS helps nearly 33,000 people find safe and stable housing, children and youth services, affordable health care, workforce development programs and emergency services through a variety of community-funded programs and initiatives. NVFS is an innovator of efficient and comprehensive service methods, and has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness in creating sustained financial and social independence for its clients.

The K. Hovnanian family of homebuilders is one of the leading homebuilders in the nation. For over 50 years, K. Hovnanian has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of homebuyers. Now in its second generation of family leadership, K. Hovnanian Homes continues to provide well-built, quality homes and amenities-rich communities for every stage of life.