Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia will begin framing a new home at 2828 Douglass Avenue in Falls Church on Friday for a local family.
Muhsin Khalil and his wife, Amani Salih emigrated from Sudan to America in 2002, to escape human rights violations. They are now United States citizens and have four young daughters. The family currently rents a two-bedroom apartment in Reston.
"Having a Habitat for Humanity home will give me and my children a better life," Khalil said in a statement. "Before now, in order to find safety for my family, we moved to many apartments. Now, my family will have stability."
The Khalil/Salih family will build their future home alongside Virginia Housing Development Authority volunteers as part of Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership requirements. The family will spend between 300 and 500 hours volunteering to construct their own home and assisting with other organizational tasks. Habitat NOVA estimates that more than 1,500 volunteers will assist in the building of this home over 10 months.
This single family, 3-bedroom home will be Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 81st new home built since 1990.
Starting Friday, 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.
Habitat for Humanity will partner with numerous companies to support the new home. The premier sponsor is E*TRADE Bank, with additional underwriting from the Stafford Foundation, Christopher Companies, Virginia Housing Development Authority and Capital One Bank.