- One Stop Drop in Center (Great Expectations)
In January, NACV, began setting up its drop in center located at our new offices on 120 Rhode Island Ave. NW. The center embodies practically all the components of NACV’s Great Expectations model Veterans Comprehensive Readjustment, Transition and Re entry Program. The Great Expectations model is available for review via spread sheet and includes outreach, assessment, case management, wrap around services, education/ training, employment, mental health, emergency assistance, life skills, referral and the Touch initiative a well as many other component features. The cost for the space is 3500/mo, plus utilities, phone, internet, fax, etc. The site is located one block off of N.Capitol on RI Ave NW. The owner has been carrying the costs until we could become operational. On April 1 2500 dollars was due along with all the utilities. We presently need 2500 plus the estimated 300/ month to cover utilities and approximately 250 additional to cover the phones, fax and internet.
The facility is a two story brick row house with full basement. We are setting it up to allow us to provide counseling (groups and individual), showers, laundry, transitional housing, meals and food donations etc. We will also do training, benefits/claims information, advocacy and meetings(aa/na) from the site. NACV offices will be in the basement and the mental health components will be operated on the upper two floors. Originally the idea was to provide emergency and transitional housing on the second floor but the regulations will not allow us to house in the same building we are providing mental health counseling.
The facility is newly renovated with security and back yard with first floor and basement entrances and egress. The program requires at least two full time program staff to handle intake, admin and case management and one fulltime NACV staff . We estimate personnel and other operating costs to run 4K per month.
The estimated projected costs associated for the GE program which is an 8-12 weeks program is between 3 and 3.5 K per veteran which is a one time cost for life.
STATUS: we had to give up the house due to funding limitations. We are now operating from our Jay St Office and the International Graduate University located at 1325 D ST. SE. The costs are similar however the university and Jay street are more flexible with the payments.
2. Construction/housing projects
NACV has been weatherizing and renovating houses in the DC metro area for over 33 years. This work includes work on approximately 1000 properties and the placement of over 3500 mostly minority veterans in employment positions between ’78 and ‘98. The program provides training and employment opportunities as well as emergency, transitional and long term housing for our members and clients. We presently operate approximately six scattered site housing locations for our members which are in varying stages of development and require funding. They all have outstanding debt but the rent can carry the mortgage and rehab costs after they are renovated. We are able to make the program work charging 500 dollars per month plus utilities. The two projects below will be the renovation of two properties. The value added estimate of these two properties upon completion is over $750,000 for an estimated investment of less than 100 thousand and a total debt of 500K including acquisition and renovations.
A scope of work is available upon request. All work is iaw code and local regulations with permits and insurance.
Our two biggest projects now are 317 and 309 54th ST. NE. We officially began work on the smaller property about four weeks ago. 317 54th ST NE property is projected for completion end of May at an estimated cost of 75K. (I will attach photos and renderings.) The first property is a brick detached with approximately 3,000 sq ft of living space. We are projecting 8 br and 3 bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. There will be no living or rec rooms there except the porch and decks. The house has two rear decks and a front porch.
We have a developer who has agreed to cover most of the materials costs. WMAG is a minority owned company who is committed to helping veterans. What we need is money to cover the labor costs the overhead and admin costs. We are looking for a donor or an investor who will help with the weekly payroll of approximately 3K per week plus 5000 to cover the taxes and note on the property until we have completed the renovations and have paying tenants. Upon completion this project should be able to generate close to 4K in rent plus carry the utilities. The entire unmet funding sought for this project is 20K or a minimum of 17K in weekly increments which can certainly be performance based.
The larger 54th ST project is adjacent (separated by two lots) and consists of 13 bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a kitchen and three separate apartments (efficiency, one bedroom and two bedroom) in the basement for a total of 18 bedrooms which again should rent for a minimum of 500 per bedroom or vet and generate a total monthy revenue stream of 9K per month. The nine K would cover principal, insurance, taxes and interest on the property. It is estimated that the renovations for this building will cost about 120K and should be completed by 30 June. Again, we are hoping WMAG will agree to cover much of the materials costs. We will look for funding to cover the labor and supervision and admin costs/overhead.
The plan for this site is a transitional facility for single female vets with children. It will offer comprehensive re entry services to include child care and the full complement of continuum of care and wrap around services. It will have 24 7 security with security fence and on site parking in the back yard. It is literally six blocks or less from the new Woodson High School and Marvin Gaye Park. There are also several other elementary schools and churches close by. The house is just a couple blocks off Division in the Deanwood area. Hopefully we will be able to depend on WMAG for materials on this project as well but we will need labor and operating costs for sure estimated at 30K. We will also need about 30K to cover materials, fence, security and child care play area and landscaping. Please see renderings. The total costs sought fall between 40K and 60K.
An additional initiative follows and will cover all the work and employment areas NACV has pursued over the years and continues to pursue. They include: recycling, energy conservation, hazardous materials handling, environmental clean up, demolition, deconstruction, asbestos and lead abatement, and the whole range of energy related technologies to include wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, alcohol fuels, low head hydro, photo voltaic, etc.
STATUS: We are three weeks away from completion of the first (smaller house) but need the weekly labor draw of a minimum of 3K per week plus we need to take immediate action on the insurance, taxes and the mortgage. Once the property is completed we can cover the principle, insurance, taxes, interest, maintenance etc but now we need funding to complete both properties and address the taxes, insurance and mortgage. The second facility could be operational in six weeks, again if we had labor costs covered.
3. Construction continued:
NACV has almost a dozen properties of which it has some form of site control over and are planning to complete and use for transitional housing. The ideal would be to find a donor or sponsor who would put up a loan for about 500K dollars to be used for acquisition and renovation to build the business that would allow NACV to generate its own revenues to acquire, renovate, sell, manage and house veterans and their families around the DMV (DC, MD and VA) and then replicate this prototype around the country.
In the mid 70’s at its peak, NACV had over 3300 member chapters around the country.
The properties that we are presently needing to complete include 55th St. NE – we need to install basement bathroom and hvac system and fence. The duct work is 80 % complete. We estimate that the cost to complete the work is 5.5K. The property is four bedrooms plus office and bedroom in basement. Amount owed on property is 140 and comps are 230K. If we place vets there we could generate about 2500 per month. If we placed female vets with kids we could generate about 3K plus utilities. They would furnish the property with beds, appliances, furniture, etc. The property owes about 3500 in taxes at this time.
STATUS: 55th ST needs to pay the taxes and complete the renovations. The property could be sold to finance other projects or rented out for 2K per month minimum and could easily carry itself.
4. Housing construction continued:
Jay St. NE houses five individuals at 500 each per month. Plan is to add a second story. We have plans and estimate 60K in costs. House is above market now but carries itself.
4607 Omaha in Maryland houses disabled vet with disabled wife and daughter with four chidlren. House is in foreclosure and 135K is owed. House is in good location and vet is happy and wants to stay.
3 properties in Baltimore city 1. Druid Hills Ave three story need to finish the furnance and install appliances and need about 3500 to get occupancy permit. This property will house four vets @400 or more per month. House will carry itself. 2. E. Oliver Street two bedroom. Need about 1500 in cosmetics and minor repairs and will house three vets same amount. 3. Appleton property needs about 5K will provide scope of work later.
STATUS: we may have lost Omaha due to auction. Family is still residing there. Baltimore is idle now because we don’t have the means. We are finishing up Druid Hills though and should have CofO by end of August.
5. Great Expectations comprehensive transition & re entry program
This program is set up to be an 8-12 week program to address housing, employment, health and mental health, sobriety, parenting, life skills, economic stability socialization and family, values and spirituality, case management, all using the TOUCH program. Program costs run 2500 per vet, plus 750 dollar stipend. One time cost. Vet is represented and assisted for life with case management, EAP and follow up using the TOUCH model. The effort will be housed in several locations at International Graduate University 1325 D ST; SE and accommodate up to a thousand vets throughout the week for eight to 12 wks a cycle. The other site will hopefully be at WRAMC BRAC location between Georgia Ave and 16th St. also able to accommodate 1000 vets over a six month period. See the GE model and pp presentation.
6. Entrepreneurial, small business incubator and micro enterprise
Fish farm, water company, dozens of business ops in energy, environment, construction, IT, etc.
7. The veterans resource, referral network and social web site
This is one of the first of its kind in many ways today. It will certainly be one of the most comprehensive. Byrd has served as a reserve disaster relief administrator with the American Red Cross for over six years. He has responded to approximately twenty national disasters including wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, floods and even tsunami. During his deployments he has been responsible for all client services to include mental health, health, safe and well coordination, emergency response, emergency assistance centers, and working closely with local, state and federal agencies and resources to include HHS, CDC, FEMA,DOD, national guard and reserves and scores of local and national response organizations faith and community based, etc. He is thoroughly familiar with the resource and data based networking and resource/referral systems and been attempting to convince ARC how it can best use some of the best disaster response talent in the world and that resource is the veteran community. The point is that when these resources and technologies are paired with those of the VA and DOD and the CAN network and the educational and on line network….. voila! By capitalizing on the FEMA and ARC and other disaster relief resources to achieve long term recovery and re entry NACV is developing the most comprehensive re entry strategy in the country. For almost a year now NACV has been fortunate to benefit from the collaboration of Dr. Mehdi Mansouri who has over 15 years of hands on and technical expertise in designing and operating this unique program. He has spent over twelve months designing specifically for NACV’s Great Expectations comprehensive readjustment transition and re entry prototype designed for veterans but that can be adapted to virtually any high need population period to include high risk youth, TANF mothers, ex offenders, substance dependent, immigrants, native Americans, unemployed, mentally ill, disabled, etc.
This initiative is a site where qualified cleared clients can go to obtain immediate service and referrals and resources 24 hours a day as well as enroll, be assessed, and linked to case management, and sites to respond to whatever needs they may have. Although this is designed for veterans it works equally well for military and spouse and family of veterans and other clientele as well. It is designed to connect a user to the resources in his local area as well as local, state and federal resources. You can chat, you can link with providers or family or whatever you need. The cost to provide the content need for such an undertaking is estimated at 1,000,000 dollars but we have come this far on our own blood, sweat and tears and will continue on as long as we can with whatever we can raise. We really need about 200K in increments of 25K per month to get the program up and running and able to generate its own revenues. It is essential to allow us to move quickly to get the program up and running. It will require several full time persons for 3 to six months initially and after we get up and running we will need technicians and management around the country 24/7 but we can raise those costs once we get up and running after about six months. We are asking for 200K or as close to it as we can get.
8. Veterans Credit Union
There is no veterans credit union. The credit union will be able to offer veterans and their families a solid support system for economic stabilitiy to include loans, financial planning, insurance, to complement VA to include dental, life, burial, and health for self and family. It can even provide loans for business and homes, cars etc.
9. Ex offenders Re entry program
Ex-offenders program, Discharge review, discharge up grade, benefits, comp and claims. These are all programs that NACV created and operated over forty years ago which are still needed. Many vets do not know how to access services, resources and advocacy. Many just get tired and frustrated and give up. Many think there is no one who will help.
10. Labor pool, Jobs Bank, contracting opportunities
Labor pool, NISH program, contractors and subs MBE etc. The best therapy is employment and putting people to work. NACV is setting up the capacity to train and put together a labor pool bank of veterans who can respond to any contract demand in the city. The majority will be minority and disabled veterans who have the expertise, the training and the experience to meet the contract demands here in the city and ultimately around the country.
11. Core Services Agency
Core services agency – full service mental health wrap around services billing medicare, mediaid, Tric Care and VA hopefully. The VA and the DOD and HHS can not meet the demands of the returning veteran and if we do not meet those needs they will only become greater.
12. Vets Helping Vets initiative
“Vets helping Vets” 24 hour support line using the social network web site and phone system.
13. Walter Reed BRAC effort
Walter Reed Army Medical Center BRAC program surplus redevelopment project of, by and for vets and their families. jobs, education and trraining and transitional housing. housing 200 vets and providing services to 300 or more vets daily. the goal is to provide services to the estimated 5K vets who are homeless, unemployed and in need of mental health and substance abuse services in the district.
Brick House Farm Water is owned by Tom Taro and 86 yo WWII vet who wants to sell his water company to vets org. He owes about 3million or more on the company. The water sits on a 88 acre horse farm and we want to set up a readjustment reentry program there. The water company could fund our programs but would require upgrading to build capacity.
Scope of work on the two 54th St. Projects. The end use of the larger building is a comprehensive services transitional housing complex for female veterans and their children. (See renderings.)
The smaller project requires rough in of all plumbing and electric which has already been complete plus re pouring of concrete flooring in three areas. We have already completed the wiring and smoke detectors and duct work and installed mechanicals. We have hot water heaters and roughed in laundry area. We are relocating steps to lower level and have completed most of the roof. There are several areas that require repair. There is also some pointing up that is required due to ice, snow and water damage. .Most of the framing has been completed. We are replacing two bearing walls and reconfiguring the rooms in order to maximize accommodations.
This week we will be completing all the framing and begin sheet rock. The plan for this coming week will be to complete the above as well as stairs and any repairs to floors, walls, ceiling and roof as well as to install new tub on top floor. Week two we will cut larger openings and install new code compliant windows and complete the kitchen (install cabinets and counter top, sink, etc.) and complete the all the sheet rock work to the rooms and insulate throughout. We will also complete tile work in kitchen and bathroom. Week three we will install fixtures (plumbing and electrical) and outlets; connect all mechanicals; complete close in inspections and call for final inspections on mechanicals, electrical and plumbing. Week four we will complete all painting and carpeting and punch out work to include doors and hardware etc. We realize this is a very tight and ambitious schedule but our goal is to complete the project so we can begin the second building almost simultaneously. The fencing and landscaping and security will be completed later. We need a minimum of 4k per week to cover the labor and supervision costs. There will also be additional materials and appliances and fixtures costs that WMAG will not be able to handle. $20K should be able to complete the project on time.
The larger building 309 54th St. NE consists of thirteen bedrooms plus three apartments. The work is scheduled to be completed within six weeks at the cost of 30K in labor, at the rate of 5K per week. The scope of work here is to complete all demolition and clear out almost immediately, save all rough in work to include mechanical, plumbing and electrical. All fixtures will be removed and call for complete repairing of bathroom and kitchens. We are looking at four to five kitchens and approximately seven bathrooms. One of the first items will be conduct any and all roof repairs and insure that all mechanicals are in working order or replace same. Additionally in week one, we will complete all electrical, sprinkler and mechanical and plumbing rough in work. All entry ways will be secured and replaced including sliding glass patio doors. We will exterminate and treat for mold, mildew and pest etc. Week two we will begin insulation and all tile work for bathrooms and kitchens. Week three we will make sure all windows are up to code and complete all dry wall and sheet rock work to walls, ceilings etc. and install all wall and floor tile work and set fixtures. Install all smart wiring and repair all floors. Week four we will tape and finish entire building. Install all fixtures including cabinets, counter tops, electrical and plumbing, and laundry. In week five we will install paint and install all interior doors and carpet. Obtain all finals and conduct punch out list for week six. Week six we will finish punch out and complete exterior landscaping and fence and parking area and exterior porches and stairs, etc. Ribbon cutting on second building will be held mid June.