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Collaboration Expands Supportive Housing in Alexandria
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Collaboration Expands Supportive Housing in Alexandria

At the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting were (from left): 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; and Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia.

At the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting were (from left): 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; and Kristyn Burr, HomeAid Northern Virginia.

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An interior of the newly-renovated Community Lodgings property in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood now has seven units for formerly homeless families, as well as an onsite learning center for youth programs.

Formerly homeless families now have newly upgraded residences in the city, following the completion of renovations to a Community Lodgings multi-unit supportive housing property led by HomeAid Northern Virginia. 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. The ribbon cutting was held Sept. 19 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 Residential, Evergreene Homes, M/I Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The $650,000-plus 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.