Foundation, Partners to Expand Family Shelter
At a recent groundbreaking, the Foundation helped celebrate a community partnership to expand the Family Care Shelter at SERVE in Northern Virginia.
The Foundation is partnering with long-time grantees Northern Virginia Family Service, which runs the homeless shelter, and HomeAid Northern Virginia, a nonprofit that works with area builders to renovate shelters and transitional housing. K. Hovanian Homes is contributing its services to build the new wing.
The family support wing will allow the shelter to serve 250 more family members, and to house larger families and provide flexible living space. In addition, computer, mentoring and child service areas will create environments for learning and development. Meeting space will be created for case management, job development and other services.
“We’re privileged to work with our partners to build a family-friendly wing for homeless children and their parents who need emergency shelter — and to help move these families to permanent housing,” said Ralph Boyd, Jr., President and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation.
“It’s hard to imagine what life is like for a child who doesn’t have a home….Or for a parent worrying about where their children will sleep that night,” Boyd said at the groundbreaking.
Finding affordable housing is challenging for many area residents, particularly for the 11,000 homeless individuals in our region, a quarter of whom are children.