Building a Better Community Through Affordable Home Ownership


About Habitat NOVA
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) brings our communities together to build decent, affordable housing – and provide hope – for people in need.  Habitat NOVA provides a “hand up” to homeownership through sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor and interest-free mortgages.

We are a locally chartered, self-funded and independently operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Founded in 1990, we are headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and serve the counties of Arlington and Fairfax as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. We perform all the fundraising, build site selection, home construction, mortgage servicing, and partner family selection and support in our service area.

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

Since 1990, we have built or rehabilitated 92 homes and performed exterior repairs on dozens of other homes, improving the lives of more than 425 people in Northern Virginia.  Our unique approach to home building includes participating in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and building multi-family housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is a 501 (c)(3) 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 (FY15): This report highlights our activities in fiscal year 2015 and provides a financial overview for that time period. (This report is not a full financial statement.) To view our previous annual report, click here.

Form 990: Our official tax filing for FY15.  Habitat NOVA runs a fiscal calendar from July 1-June 30.

Audited Financial Statement: This is our consolidated financial statements and independent auditors’ report for FY2015.

Habitat NOVA is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat NOVA is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome

Habitat NOVA has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

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 Habitat NOVA’s 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 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 International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.