Plans Underway to Renovate the Welcome Center in NW DC

The Welcome Center on Wisconsin Avenue in northwest Washington DC is a place where the homeless can escape from the streets.  The Center, owned and operated by  Friendship Place, offers basic needs, meals, coffee, showers and laundry, phone and internet, plus case management and a free health clinic a few days a week. Everyone is welcome to use the resources offered at Friendship Place to rebuild their lives.  And they do. While no overnight shelter is provided at the Welcome Center, it is a primary point of outreach for homeless clients. In 2013, the Center had 575 unique visitors and provided 701 primary care consultations and 329 psychiatric consultations.

As an organization, Friendship Place provides many programs for those experiencing homelessness, including street outreach, shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, health care, job placement, and advocacy. The Welcome Center is their flagship program.  A few years ago, the organization launched their Veterans First program serving homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Just north of Tenleytown, the Welcome Center property was originally built as a single family home in 1928 and consists of approximately 3000 sq. ft.  Friendship Place began serving the homeless at this location around 1993.  With its heavy use, the building is in serious need of extensive updates and repairs.  Recently, its entire exterior was redone with new siding and windows. And come this fall, HBCF’s HomeAid Washington DC charitable construction program will give it a much needed new interior.

MNCBIA member EfficientHome is to serve as a builder captain with HBCF board member Mark Taylor helping lead efforts on behalf of the Foundation.  To date, the planned scope of work includes replacing the entire boiler system with high-efficiency mini-splits, reconfiguring the first floor to open up the space and better accommodate a safe flow of traffic, replacing all flooring on the 1st and 2ndfloors including subfloor work, renovating the kitchen and two bathrooms, plus other general construction items. The total value of work is estimated around $175,000.   Donations of in-kind materials will be needed and most welcome.  Please contact Patti Kane to learn more

“On behalf of the entire Friendship Place staff, we are excited to have such a great team on this renovation project!” – Tanya Sweeney, Development Director, Friendship Place

Charles County Home for Disabled Adults Receives Exterior Facelift

A group home to four disabled adults in Waldorf received an exterior makeover this past month thanks to the Home Builders Care Foundation charitable construction program. The home is part of Spring Dell Center’s residential services program offering housing and supportive services to individuals with disabilities.  Three of the residents in the home are in wheelchairs and one is ambulatory.
Built in 1966, the four bedroom home was long due for an exterior upgrade after years of weather and wear. Before the renovation, the home still had its original, now-faded aluminum siding, a warped roof and damaged downspouts and gutters.  The improvement project included all new roofing, siding, facia, soffit, shutters, and gutters.
A second Spring Dell home is slated for improvements by Home Builders Care as well and will get underway this fall. Most of the materials for both home projects were generously donated by Alside / Revere Building Products. 

Meyers Research to Host Building industry Forecast Benefitting HomeAid America Sept 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                

Market Research Firm Engages Housing and Economic Leaders in Educational Forum; Proceeds Support Industry-Based Solutions for Homelessness in America

LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2014) Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company providing  the housing industry with a national perspective and local expertise, will host its Building Industry Forecast for D.C. Metro event at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia on September 4, 2014, with all proceeds benefitting HomeAid America.  The half-day fundraising and educational forum will engage the industry’s leading economists and experts, including an elite executive panel which were involved in the largest private and public sector deals from 2013, to discuss the current and future state of the homebuilding industry, while investing in and elevating HomeAid America’s mission to help the industry provide housing for America’s homeless.  
“Meyers Research is honored to provide a platform that brings together the industry’s leading executives to celebrate the incredible efforts of this important industry-based cause,” said Jeff Meyers, president of Meyers Research“Homebuilding is the crux of our profession and we’re humbled by the industry’s support of HomeAid America, whose sole mission is to help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives.” 
Moderated by Jeff Meyers, President at Meyers Research, the Building Industry Forecast for D.C. Metro will by Keynoted by Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics who will give insights on the current economy, especially as it relates to the building industry.  There will also be two interactive sessions with leading industry executives, providing various perspectives on the challenges and opportunities impacting the homebuilding industry in 2014 and beyond, including economic recovery, the public and private homebuilding sector, and the role of capital markets in today’s housing landscape.  Meyers Research Building Industry Forecast for D.C. Metro highlights include:
  • Employment improvements in high barrier to entry markets
  • Improving overall economy and solid housing re-sale market
  • New home sales in early phases of cycle due to limited supply levels
  • Rising mortgage rates cause new home price appreciation to level off
  • Some tertiary markets still bogged down by defaults and foreclosures
Featured industry panelists will include Steve Alloy, President at Stanley Martin Homes; Christopher Clemente, CEO at Comstock Homes; Rick Rabil, CEO and President at Van Metre Companies; Alan Shapiro, President at Winchester Homes (TRI Pointe Homes); Steve Friedman, National Director, Homebuilding Services at Ernst & Young; Joe Hardy, Senior Vice President at Texas Capital; Peter Fioretti , CEO at Mountain Real Estate Capital; Dan Green, Principal at Wheelock Street Capital; Alexandra Johns, Senior Vice President at The Resmark Companies; and Ken Gear, CEO at  Leading Builders of America.
“As HomeAid celebrates our 25thAnniversary in 2014, we’re overwhelmed by the continued support of Meyers Research and the homebuilding community as a whole. Without their generosity, we wouldn’t be able to provide housing solutions for the millions of homeless individuals and families in need,” said Peter Simons, CEO for HomeAid America.  “The Building Industry Forecast for D.C. Metro will afford us the opportunity to build on our renewed strength and continue giving back to the community on behalf of builders and their trade partners for years to come.”
For more information on Meyers Research or to register for the Meyers Research Building Industry Forecast for D.C. Metro event, visit  To receive up-to-the moment event updates or to participate in the live panelist discussion, follow Meyers Research on Twitter via @meyersllc or hash tag #meyersevents.
About Meyers Research 
Meyers Research, LLC, a Kennedy Wilson Company, is a premier consulting practice and the industry’s leading provider of rich data for residential real estate development and new home construction.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., the company offers national perspective as well as local expertise to homebuilders, multifamily developers, lenders and financial institutions.  For more i
nformation on Meyers Research, visit
About Kennedy Wilson
Founded in 1977, Kennedy Wilson is an international real estate investment and services company headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif. with 24 offices in the U.S., U.K. Ireland, Spain, and Japan.  The company offers a comprehensive array of real services including auction, conventional sales, property services, research, and investment management.  Through its fund management and separate account business, Kennedy Wilson is a strategic investor of real estate investments in the U.S., U.K, Ireland and Japan.  For more information on Kennedy Wilson, visit
About HomeAid America
HomeAid America is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today’s homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America’s temporarily homeless families and individuals, more than one million of whom are children, while they rebuild their lives. Through the generosity of America’s builders, their trade partners, financial institutions, and the public, HomeAid has built nearly 400 multi-unit shelters with an additional 40 in development. These shelters provide more than 7,500 beds per night nationwide and have housed over 200,000 people over HomeAid’s history. For more information on HomeAid America, visit