Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia wins grant to build homes in Groveton
Thanks to a $249,000 affordable housing grant from the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) has significant financial support for the construction of three new single-family homes on Groveton Street, not far from Bucknell Elementary School.
The homes, located on a large lot that was subdivided into parcels, will be energy-efficient, affordable and — with four bedrooms and two bathrooms — able to accommodate larger-size families than normal, according to Michael Burke, director of corporate and foundation relations at Habitat NOVA. Among other environmentally friendly features, the homes will feature solar panels and energy-efficient windows, doors and appliances.
Habitat NOVA and corporate volunteer groups broke ground on the new homes last October and started pouring the foundations. In April, the nonprofit affordable housing provider — which is in the process of merging with the District of Columbia affiliate to form Habitat DC-NOVA — will seek volunteers for community build days at the construction site. The home building project is expected to last through early 2023, though Burke said they hope to pick up steam with the return of external volunteer groups that had been temporarily shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Groveton area has been popular for Habitat NOVA projects in recent years, according to Burke, and the new homes have neighborhood buy-in and support from the county. “It’s a neighborhood we’re excited to continue to work in,” he said, adding that there will be a dedication ceremony for the new occupants and surrounding community when the homes are ready for move-in.
Habitat NOVA is looking forward to holding move-in ceremonies in-person again, said Burke. Last year’s dedication of a new home on Clayborne Avenue on the opposite side of Richmond Highway was held in virtual format.
Community members who are interested in volunteering for future community build days should keep an eye out for sign-ups on Habitat NOVA’s website.