HomeAid Completes 14 Projects, Invests More than $1.6 Million in Helping the Homeless in 2013

Chantilly, VA, December 9, 2013 — HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates facilities for the homeless and provides clothing to homeless women and children, announced today that they have finished their final renovations of the year. The organization completed 14 renovations in 2013, investing more than $1.6 million into upgrading various properties that serve Northern Virginia’s homeless. Nearly 250 individuals directly benefit from the renovations they completed.

The most recent renovations include:

Master bathroom installation for Alternative House. Builder Captain M/I homes and 13 trade partners installed a bathroom in a town home for Alternative House’s Assisting Young Mothers program, which serves pregnant teens and young mothers.  The $30,000 project included converting a closet into a second full bath so that two families could live together but still have separate bath facilities. In addition, carpeting was replaced with vinyl flooring; railings were installed on an exterior deck; new insulation was blown into the attic; new shelving installed in the storage room and more. View photos.

 “This house was purchased with the goal of having a functional and safe home for moms who will soon graduate from our program, are working at least 30 hours a week and are close to living on their own,” said Meghan Huebner, director of residential services for Alternative House. “This project ensures that our families can stick to a routine and live in a home that is structurally safe and easy to keep clean.”

Home renovation for Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). Builder Captain Drees Homes and 16 trade partners updated a home for NVFS which is occupied by two previously-homeless families.  The $30,000 project included a full roof replacement; an entirely renovated kitchen; two updated bathrooms; new flooring in most rooms; interior painting throughout; and some lighting and electrical work. Crews also pressure washed and re-stained the deck, repaired gutters and touched up the exterior. View photos.

 “A nice house makes everyone feel better, and it can be a huge motivator for our clients,” said Andrea Zych, MPA, director of housing for NVFS. “While our clients stay only a maximum of two years, these HomeAid projects ensure longer, more dependable life-spans for our homes, which, in turn, allows us to serve even more families for decades to come.”

Renovation of two bathrooms for Bethany House of Northern Virginia. Builder Captain Craftmark Homes and 11 trade partners renovated two bathrooms in a domestic violence safehouse for Bethany House. The main level bathroom of this $16,000 renovation was stripped down to the studs and new plumbing fixtures, tile, toilet, pedestal sink, tub, mirror and drywall was installed. Downstairs, the team installed tile flooring, a new vanity, a toilet, ceramic tile and fixtures. View photos.

“We serve victims of domestic violence, and our goal is to always welcome clients into a home-like setting,” said Catherine Hassinger, executive director of Bethany House of Northern Virginia. “We want comfortable, well-decorated homes that don’t feel institutional, and having operating bathrooms is part of any ‘home’ experience. HomeAid is just a fantastic organization.”

Townhome renovation for Cornerstones. Builder Captain Schwartz Enterprises and nine trade partners completed a $15,000 renovation of a townhouse for Cornerstones.  Improvements to the property, which houses a previously-homeless family, included repainting the entire interior; replacing carpet, wood laminate and ceramic tile throughout; replacing the hot water heater, bath and kitchen faucets and shower heads, toilet shut off valves and exterior hose bibs; replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ground fault breakers in bathrooms, exterior outlets and all interior light fixtures and more. View photos.

 “We have a great relationship with HomeAid that has allowed us to repeatedly turn to them for help when we have a new unit coming online or when one turns over,” said Tim McMahon, VP housing and community development, Cornerstones. “They’re an incredibly responsive organization, and we’re very grateful.”