A huge step in getting individuals back on their feet is securing for them a safe and stable place to live. Yet with scarce resources, emergency shelters and homeless service providers struggle to maintain (let alone expand) their facilities. That’s where HomeAid steps in. It connects nonprofit partners with professional homebuilders who can offer the best renovations at the lowest cost. Projects range from minor (small renovations for a transitional housing apartment, food pantry, or even classroom) to major (constructing an entirely new shelter). Each is led by a Builder Captain who collaborates with the client, architect, and engineer to determine the ideal design and then calls on trade partners who provide time and materials at little or no cost. The result? A community venture that utilizes the building industry's vast resources to expand and enrich services for those most in need.
COVID-19 Update: Construction is an essential service so projects have not stopped: HomeAid follows the safety protocols each builder has in place. More projects are in the pipeline because the need has only grown, as have outreach to and support of the nonprofits that HomeAid serves: substantial gift cards are distributed as are diapers and wipes (part of the Builders for Babies program). With the need for housing on the rise, HomeAid is looking to expand into DC – a new and important undertaking.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: All
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All
- Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:
Shelter organizations we help have the capacity to serve over 120,000 individuals per year.
- Average percentage cost savings of building/renovation costs for area shelter organizations:
HomeAid, in conjunction with the generous donations of our builder and trade partners, is generally able to provide between 50-100% of the building and renovation costs for our projects, allowing the shelter organizations to channel their money back into
Awards & Recognition
Giving Hope Award, 2002
Community Partner Award, 2007
Commendation from Prince William County, 2008, 2011
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for HomeAid Northern Virginia is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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