Unique supportive housing and educational program for families in Fauquier County gets $35,000 building upgrade from HomeAid, homebuilders and construction trade partners
Warrenton, VA – Oct. 11, 2016 – Vulnerable homeless families in Northern Virginia’s Fauquier County now have upgraded supportive housing with the recently completed renovation of Fauquier Family Shelter Services’ Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program residence. The renovation was recently completed through a collaboration with HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.
Based in Warrenton, the Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program offers an intensive one year program assisting families in the transition from being homeless to acquiring skills necessary to maintain stable and independent living. Residents pay 30% of their gross income per month for housing, and must maintain full time employment and participate in educational programs. The supportive housing facility provides a structured, safe environment for families and children. Since it’s founding in 2000, the program has served more than 150 families in Northern Virginia.
“Our families in the transitional housing program have fallen on difficult times and are working to turn their lives around. HomeAid’s renovation of one of our units means that the family currently there – and those that follow over the years ahead – will benefit from not just the affordable stable housing that we can provide, but housing that truly feels like a ‘home,’” said Jim Mitchell, President of Fauquier Family Shelter’s Vint Hill Transitional Housing program. “HomeAid Northern Virginia and our builder captain M/I Homes have been an incredible partner to us and our families.”
The $35,000 upgrade from HomeAid, led by “builder captain” M/I Homes, included renovation of the kitchen, bathrooms and flooring of one of the Vint Hill residential units. Nearly 90 percent of the total construction costs were covered by M/I Homes and its 13 trade partners that donated labor and resources to the project – enabling Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program to invest its budget in programs to serve its clients and end homelessness in our local area. (See list below.)
“We are proud to partner with HomeAid Northern Virginia and with the Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program on projects to prevent homelessness and to help families in our community rebuild their lives,” said Eric Ferreira, vice president of construction, M/I Homes of D.C., LLC.
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 homelessness 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 111 projects valued at more than $13.8 million, serving more than 95,000 homeless individuals.
About Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program
Fauquier Family Shelter Services operates the only emergency shelter with an associated transitional housing program in the county. FFSS’s Vint Hill Transitional Housing Program is an intensive, one year program assisting families in the transition from being homeless to acquiring the skills necessary to maintain stable and independent living. The community provides a structured, safe environment for the nurturing of families, the growth and well-being of children, and a fostering community.
Construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Vint Hill Transitional Housing project:
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