Jennifer Mulchandani, Director of Marketing & Communications
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Office: 703-521-9890, extension 105
Direct Cell: 703-304-0465
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia to Begin Framing on New Falls Church Home
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Falls Church, Virginia, Sept. 19, 2013: Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia will being framing on a new home at 2828 Douglass Avenue in Falls Church, VA. on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21. This single family, 3-bedroom home will be the organization’s 81st new home built since 1990.
Volunteers from the Virginia Housing Development Authority will build alongside the future homeowners, the Khalil/Salih family. The unique Habitat for Humanity model of home ownership requires the purchasing family to provide 300-500 hours of volunteer labor towards the construction of their own home and other activities within the organization. Habitat NOVA estimates that more than 1,500 volunteers will assist in the building of this home over 10 months.
Muhsin Khalil and his wife Amani Salih came to America in 2002, escaping human rights violations in their native Sudan. They are now United States citizens and have four daughters, ages 7, 5, 3 and 2. The Khalil/Salih family is currently renting a two-bedroom apartment in Reston.
“Having a Habitat for Humanity home will give me and my children a better life,” said Khalil. “Before now, in order to find safety for my family, we moved to many apartments. Now, my family will have stability.”
The team will be insulating the foundation walls, getting the crawl space ready, setting first floor joists, laying the subfloor and framing the first floor.
Virginia is the 9th least affordable state, according to the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, whose data show average rents in Fairfax of $1,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. The data highlights a growing need for affordable housing, with renters needing to earn $60,000 to be able to afford a 2-bedroom apartment.
Habitat for Humanity is proud to be partnering with a number of companies in support of the new home on Douglass Avenue. The premier sponsor is E*TRADE Bank, with additional underwriting from the Stafford Foundation, Christopher Companies, Virginia Housing Development Authority and Capital One Bank.
About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.