The Christopher Companies has partnered with HomeAid Northern Virginia, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and over two dozen trade partners on a charity project led by the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation. The organization’s mission is to help combat Veteran homelessness by providing supportive services such as transportation, housing, furniture and household items, dental care, business attire, and employment networking.
The Christopher Companies is serving as the builder captain to help renovate and expand a home located in Alexandria, VA. The split-level home currently features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, which will be expanded to a four bedroom, three full bath home. The expansion plan includes: converting a carport into a bedroom with an en-suite bath; converting the upstairs layout into two large bedrooms with a ‘Jack and Jill’ shared bathroom; and renovating a basement bedroom with an en-suite bath. In addition, Christopher Companies and trade partners will completely renovate and update the kitchen, shared living spaces, flooring, electric and plumbing, light fixtures, roof, and exterior siding and landscaping.
The renovation is expected to cost around $106,000 – in which 90% of the costs are being covered through grants and donations.
As a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and a homebuilder, it is an honor to have the opportunity to help provide affordable housing for our country’s Veterans. I am very grateful to all our trade partners who helped us make this happen. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.
– Justin Havenner, Project Manager for the Christopher Companies
Alongside Justin Havenner, Project Superintendent, Keith Ashcraft, and Director of Purchasing, Jim Buehler, are all playing a part in the organization and execution of the renovation itself.
Deborah Snyder, LTC (R), US Army, president & CEO of ORHF, is looking forward to seeing the Foundation’s service capacity expand, with what will result in a critical new ability to house four more individuals or a family in need. “We’ve helped more than a 1,000 Veterans since we launched in December 2011, with most Veterans staying with us anywhere from 90 days to six months. By operating on a Housing First method, our goal is to get Veterans into housing as quickly as possible so that they can establish themselves, get back on their feet, and regain independence and employment quickly. This house is new to us, and we can’t wait to welcome Veterans into what will be the most beautiful home in our program!”
The renovation is expected to be complete in time for Veterans Day, 2020.
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