Community Lodgings and HomeAid Partner to Renovate Housing Units

HomeAid        Community Lodgings

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 19, 2017 – Formerly homeless families now have newly upgraded residences in the City of Alexandria, following the completion of renovations to a Community Lodgings multi-unit supportive housing property led by HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV). An onsite “learning center” was also upgraded, enabling families to take advantage of after school and youth mentoring programs, daily nutritious meals, and computer and English as a Second Language classes for families—setting up the children who live here for brighter futures. The ribbon cutting was held today with local officials, community advocates, homebuilders and construction partners that provided labor, resources and expertise to the project.

The renovation of the 10,446 sq. ft. Community Lodgings building in the Del Ray neighborhood was completed by a consortium of four local homebuilders convened by HomeAid: Brookfield ResidentialEvergreene HomesM/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The $650,000+ renovation included a complete upgrade of the property’s six existing affordable housing, as well as the reconfiguration of space to create a seventh two-bedroom unit – enabling more families to call the property “home.” Via a special partnership with local home staging company, the units will already be “home-y” when new residents move in: Staged Interior fully furnished each unit and have committed to furnishing one HomeAid project each year.

“On behalf of our entire community, I am thankful to Community Lodgings, HomeAid Northern Virginia and the many partners involved in this project,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “It is a great example of how a community working together can help solve the affordable housing issue.”

“The impact this renovation has on our families is incredible,” said Lynn Thomas, executive director of Community Lodgings. “I grew up in affordable housing in southeast DC, and know how important it is for a low-income family to live in a nice, safe house. We are all so grateful to HomeAid Northern Virginia, the builders, and the many other supporters who made this happen.”

“The renovated property will provide housing stability for individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and working toward self-sufficiency. Through collaboration with Community Lodgings, with our multiple builder partners, HANV was able to take on this large, high-impact project. This is a great example of the spirit of cooperation: local homebuilders putting aside natural business competitiveness to work together, and work with HANV, Community Lodgings and with the City of Alexandria to benefit local families and improve the local community,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia.

HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters and supportive housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders, enabling nonprofit partners like Community Lodgings to invest budget in programs and services rather than construction expenses. This project is HANV’s fourth project with Community Lodgings and is the first time HANV has organized a formal consortium of multiple builders to co-lead as joint project “Builder Captains.” The City of Alexandria, BB&T and the Virginia Housing Development Authority also contributed funds for the project.

Ribbon Cutting
Pictured (left to right): Jack Gallagher (Richmond American Homes), Chip Devine (Brookfield Residential), Mayor Allison Silberberg, Anne Lafond (Community Lodgings), Lynn Thomas (Community Lodgings), Jerry Berman (M/I Homes), Kristyn Burr (HomeAid Northern Virginia).

 

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 individuals and families 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 118 projects valued at more than $14.7 million, serving more than 98,500 homeless individuals.

About Community Lodgings

Celebrating 30 years of impact in the local community, Community Lodgings lifts families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through its affordable housing and transitional housing options, as well as community outreach and youth education programs.

 

Thanks to the construction trade partners that contributed labor and resources to the Community Lodgings project:

Trade Partners
Christopher Consultants
Proper Tree Care, LLC
A&M Drywall Construction
Countryside Electric, Inc.
R&F Metals
Ace Trim Carpentry
Custom Services & Flooring
Rust Orling Architecture
Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning
John Darvish Construction Co.
Southland Insulators
AJS Consulting Engineers
General Electric Appliances
TAC Ceramic Tile
Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems
Homestead Building System
TNT Services Group
ARC Firestop Solutions, LLC
K&M Masonry
Tysons Service Corporation
B&K Distributors
Madison Homes
Vintage Security
Best Painting Services LLC
Metro Stoneworks
Virginia Cleaning and Punchout Inc.
Better Termite
Metro Tile
Furnishings provided by
Builders FirstSource
Mid Atlantic Contracting
Staged Interior
Bryant Plumbing
Mid South Building Supply
Major Contributors
Capital Construction of America, Inc.
Nicholas Trucking
BB&T
Central Wholesalers
Potomac Concrete
City of Alexandria
Virginia Housing Development Authority

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