Building a Better Community Through Affordable Home Ownership


About Habitat NOVA
Habitat NOVA brings our community together to build decent, affordable housing – and hope – for people in need.  Habitat provides a “hand up” to home ownership through sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor and interest-free mortgages.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA)  is a self-sustaining, independently operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Founded in 1990, we are headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and serve the counties of Arlington and Fairfax as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax.

Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is the local affiliate that coordinates all the work that goes into building homes in our service area, which includes Arlington and Fairfax counties, Falls Church, Alexandria, and Fairfax. All the fundraising, build site selection, home construction, mortgage servicing, and partner family selection and support in Northern Virginia is done locally by Habitat Northern Virginia. Since our founding in 1990, we have built 80 homes for 357 people, rehabilitated 6 homes to house 22 people, and repaired 25 homes to improve the lives of another 48 people in Northern Virginia.  Our unique approach to home building in the Washington, DC metro region includes participating in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a project funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and building multi-family housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization.

Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Annual Report: This report highlights our activities in FY2013 and provides a financial overview for that fiscal year. This report is not a full financial statement

Form 990: Our official tax filing for FY2013.  Habitat NOVA runs a fiscal calendar from July 1-June 30.

Audited Financial Statement: This is our consolidated financial statement and independent auditors’ report for FY2013.

Does Habitat Give Homes Away?

No, Habitat does not give away homes. We are committed to giving hard-working families a hand up, not a hand out. Families are carefully selected by the Habitat Northern Virginia Family Selection Committee on the basis of their need, willingness to partner and help build, rental history, adequate credit score, and ability to pay the mortgage. All are welcome to apply to be Habitat homeowners and to collaborate on the build, regardless of background, race, or religion. Once a family is selected, they must commit to putting in 300 to 500 hours of work on the construction of their home, what we call “sweat equity.” After they move into their home, they pay their affordable mortgage at a zero percent interest rate directly to their Habitat affiliate, Habitat NOVA. Those funds are then used to pay for the building of new Habitat homes in the area.

Who is Involved in Habitat Builds?

Building homes for deserving families in our neighborhoods requires the investment and collaboration of a myriad of community members, including you! Habitat families invest their sweat equity into their own homes and those of their neighbors.  Habitat volunteers show up on build days to put up walls, paint, landscape and build relationships with one another.  House Sponsors – typically faith groups, businesses, or other philanthropic groups – commit to funding various aspects of the construction of a home. Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 (front door, mailboxes, lobby balcony, and landscaping) to $150,000 (the cost to build a complete Habitat home). Stores donate or discount building materials such as drywall, flooring, paint, and lumber.  Corporate sponsors and individual donors who recognize the importance of building up our local community donate generously to fund our building projects and administrative expenses.  Those who volunteer and donate to our two area ReStores in Alexandria and Chantilly are also a vital piece of the puzzle, as revenue from the ReStores help Habitat NOVA keep our doors open and our lights on.

About Habitat for Humanity Internationalhabitat-International

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit housing ministry founded on ecumenical Christian principles by Millard Fuller in 1976. Since then, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 homes around the globe, working alongside members of local communities to provide safe, affordable and decent shelter to more than 2 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity does this throughout the world under its direct programs, and partners with community-based offices called affiliates, which work in tandem with Habitat for Humanity International. There are more than 1,500 affiliates in the United States and 550 international affiliates serving more than 3,000 communities around the world. Each U.S. affiliate is locally chartered, self-sustaining and independently operated (like a franchise), directing home construction and fundraising in its service area.