Housing Families First

Opening Doors for Families
Final Report

Every family deserves a safe place to call home.

In the Greater Richmond region, thousands of children and parents are homeless or living precariously in hotels. Housing Families First offers housing counseling, financial assistance, and an array of other services to help families move from homelessness to a home of their own.

We are glad you are a part of our village. Thank you for creating transformational opportunities for families in our community.

An illness. A cut in work hours. A marriage that breaks up. A car that breaks down. An unpaid utility bill. A rise in rent. Each family’s path into homelessness is different, but there are common challenges that families face. One of the biggest and most widespread challenges is the lack of deeply affordable housing, making it difficult for families to keep a roof over their heads.

More than 100 people living in families in Greater Richmond were experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2019, just two months after the launch of Opening Doors for Families: A Capital Campaign for Housing Families First. 

Then, family homelessness spiked after the onset of the pandemic. By July 2021, the number of families experiencing homelessness in the Richmond region was 196 percent higher than in July 2019 (Homeward 2022). 

Fortunately, by mid-2022, the number of families experiencing homelessness had dropped by 67 percent over a six-month period, bringing the numbers closer to pre-pandemic levels.

Thanks to the generosity of our village and the successful completion of Opening Doors for Families, Housing Families First is poised to provide a path to permanent housing and reduce homelessness for even more Richmond-area families.

At the launch of the campaign:

People in Richmond families experiencing homelessless each day:

0 +

Richmond students experiencing homelessness during the school year: 


Fully handicapped-accessible family shelter bedrooms with bathrooms available:


“It’s been an honor to watch the transformation of Housing Families First over the past couple of years. More families experiencing homelessness get into permanent housing because of the hardworking staff and volunteers at HFF.  HFF has gained world-wide recognition due to their incredible efforts and this has helped them build better resources to support the Richmond area community. “

– Housing Families First Board Member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Becky McNeer


“One of the key principles of our philanthropic charter is that we value gifts of time, talent, and treasure — because it takes more than just dollars to run this operation, it takes a village. With this campaign, we wanted to welcome as many passionate community advocates as possible to the HFF family because we have a lot of work ahead of us. In the end, I can’t imagine being on a better path than we are today.”

– Housing Families First Board Member and Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Will Melton

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude! Housing Families First partnered with us and gave the necessary resources for a smooth transition from homelessness to restoration! Their team truly showed compassion and fully understood the unexpected hard times that any family could face. They gave realistic support and carefully committed to the work that it takes to get a family back on their feet.”


– The C Family


With a successful track record of programmatic excellence and sound financial performance, in 2018, HFF launched Opening Doors for Families: A Capital Campaign for Housing Families First to raise $4,400,000 to expand programming, renovate our facilities, and make critically-needed capital improvements to our campus.

Opening Doors for Families is reducing family homelessness in Greater Richmond by significantly expanding the number of available housing options for families facing homelessness, while also transforming the physical space in which those housing services are delivered. As a result, the lives of literally hundreds of Richmond families annually will be changed as they are able to access a safe place to call home.

Key components of this campaign included the creation of a private entrance for shelter guests, an additional, fully-accessible bedroom and bathroom suite, 10 additional shelter beds, a larger gathering space for residents, private spaces for client meetings, and new playgrounds and play areas for children and youth. The campus received major upgrades including new flooring, furniture, energy-efficient systems to improve air quality and climate control, roofing, and commercial laundry facilities. Additional office spaces for staff and additional parking for clients and volunteers have allowed for a more trauma-informed and pleasant client experience.

In addition to Housing Families First’s two existing programs, Hilliard House Emergency Shelter and Building Neighbors Rapid Re-Housing, Opening Doors for Families enabled the launch of a third program, Bringing Families Home, designed to help students and their families living in hotels or overcrowded situations to move into permanent homes. The enhanced space and additional programming positions Housing Families First to better meet the needs of the families we serve.

At the conclusion of the campaign:

Additional people served annually:


Shelter beds added:


Square feet added:


Dollars Raised:

$ 0

Thanks to our Donors


Alan & Lorinda Griffin

Alex Criqui

Alexis & Dan Bullard

Alice Thompson

Allison Nida

Allison Shelton

Altise M. Street

Amanda Towles

Ameera Daudani

Amy Farabow

Amy Melchior

Andrew Farabow

Andrew Foster

Andy & Anji Lacatell

Angela Barnes-Hargress

Angela Jewell

Anne Delaney

Anne M. Pollard

Annie Hedrick


Anthony Romanello

Artan Cami

Ava Adenauer

Barbara G. Earley

Barbara Null

Becky & Andy McNeer

Ben & Loretta English

Bernadine Doggett

Beth Vann-Turnbull & Scott Turnbull

Beverly J. R. Tyler

Bill Walsh

Bob Newman

Brian Koziol

Brian Little

Camden Taylor

Carol M. Bassett

Carol Throckmorton

Caroline Nowery

Carrie Ann McCoy

Catherine L. Barkley

Chandra Williams

Charles L. Grant

Chirag Patel

Christy Yates

Cindy Jennings

Cinnamon Baker

Colin Arnold

Constance Alston

Constance Pechura & James Ingram

Craig Shealy

Dana Mayo

Daniel Halloran

Daniel Hicks

David Birkelien

Deborah A. Conway

Dena Brown

Denise Thomas-Brown

Desiree LaBranche

Dewvaul Tracy, III

Dianne Vann

Dolphine Montague

Donald & Ruth Stewart

Donna Earley Guza

Donna Jamison

Dotty & Gregg Stratton

Dylan Wheeler

Elizabeth & Brandon Ream

Elizabeth & Travis Nice

Elizabeth Freeman

Ellen Johnson

Emily Jasper

Emmy Woody

Erika Schmale

Erin & Carl Adams

Erin Kelleher & Pam Embrey

Erin Walsh

Faith Kallman

Fletcher & Carolyn Daniels

Frazier & Lois Brooks

Gabriella Cruz

Gail Doggett

Glenn E. Thompson

Greg Dixon

Hanna Stalker

Harvey E. Chambers

Heather & Jason Dillon

Helen & Wilhelm Zuelzer

Inga Sund

James Mills

James Petrie

James Porter

James Williams & Albert Boswell

Janet McCatty

Jasmine Martin

Jason B. Roop

Jennifer Banks

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer White

Jenny & Matt Waring

Jenny Kacani

Jeremy Colb

Jim & Melinda Burnette

Jimmy Comer

Joan & Steven Garton

Joan Thornhill

Joey Hammond

Johanna Beers

John & Susan Burton

John Arkesteyn & Victoria Sweeney Arkesteyn

John B. Beirne, Jr.

Jonathan Knopf & Mary Beth Yates

Jose Giron

Joseph Chambers

Joseph Kutchera

Joseph Snider

Josephine & Martin Shorter

Josette Gioeli-Fiegl

Jovan & Emily Burton

Joy Haynesworth

Joy Joyner

Joyce Eaby

Julie Beirne Miller & Faron Miller

Julie Neville

Karen Durkin

Karen O’Brien

Katherine Campbell

Kathy Burke

Kayla Giambra

Kelley Walls

Kelly D. Evans

Kelly McLeod

Kelly Planck

Kelsey McMahon

Kenneth & Melissa Janes

Kent & Sarah Brockwell

Kerrie Arkwell

Kevin Michael Woodson

Kiyoko Timmons

Kristen Johnson

Kristena Shaw

Kristin Swynford

Laura Thomson

Lauren K. Leggett

Lawrence Mix

Leslie Beard

Leslie Shimer

Liane Bain

Linda Tiller

Lindsay Stoda

Lisa Trani

Lisa Vozar

Lisa Winn Bryan

Loraine Farabow

Lynda Sharp Anderson

Madeline Petrie

Madelyn Peay

Mahalakshmi Bargavi Govindasamy Thulasi

Mahesh Vasudevan

Maria Blaha

Mark Lacy

Marlene Scott

Mary Dillingham

Mary Pardue

Mary Waller

Matthew Converse

Melissa Dart

Melissa Tannery

Melissa Williams

Michael M. Stack

Mieko & Ronald Timmons, Sr.

Mieya Timmons

Molly Caldera

Monica Dandridge

Monica Lucas

Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Lauren Timmons

Myrtle Brown

Nancy Warman

Natalie Strother

Nikita Ford

Olivia Deputy

Pamela Putney

Patricia P. Spence

Patricia Peregoy & Marian Pfahning

Patricia Perry

Paul Agrillo

Paula Gentius

Paula Young Perez

Quentin & Tracey van Marcke de Lummen

Rachael Daniels

Randall G. Welch

Ravneet Kaur

Regina DiLauro Fay

Reza & Christy Omarzai

Robert & Anna Lou Schaberg

Robert & Eden Glenn

Rock Arauzo

Rodney Hopkins

Ronni Grimes

Roy Root

Samantha Goodman

Sara Blose

Sarah Ashbridge Foote

Sarah Bedard Holland

Sarah Powell

Scott M. Sullivan

Sharmane Grady

Sharon Perez

Shaunia Wallace Carlyle

Sherri Bowman

Sherry Fox

Sonja E. Volker

Sophia Lawson

Susan Herzick

Swetha Kumar

Sydney Robison

Tammy L. Jones

Tammy Stephens

Tawana Demery

Taylor Brannan

The Iguina Family

The McCann Family Fund

The Moussavou Family

The Riddick Family

Thomas Tinsley

Tia Stamper

Timothy Borchert

Timothy Jordan

Tom Robinson

Tonya Vaughan

Trina Willard

Troy Long

Valerie & Aaron Myers

Valerie Lee & Daniel Nokes

Vicki Hauser

Victor D. Ramos

Wanda Heath

Watina Duren

Will Melton & Courtney Turrin

William Deutsch

Zachary Miller


Archangel Protective Services, LLC

Atlantic Union Bank

Atlantic Valve

Charlie Bickel Real Estate

Commercial Surfaces Flooring, LLC


Dominion Due Diligence Group

DPR Construction

Hobbs & Associates

Industrial Control Systems

Regina DF Designs

Richmond Association of Realtors

S&P Global Foundation

SDV Solutions, Inc

Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate

State Farm

Target Giving Circle

Taxing Authority Consulting
Services, PC

TowneBank Richmond Foundation

Troutman Pepper

Virginia Community 

Development Fund

Virginia Housing



Day One Families Fund

Community Foundation for a greater Richmond

Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust

Reinhart Foundation

Richard S. Reynolds Foundation

Robins Foundation

The Bob & Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation

The Henricus Foundation

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation

The Cabell Foundation

The Sheldon H. Short, Jr. Trust

The William H. –  John G. – 
Emma Scott Foundation


First Baptist Church of Richmond

Ginter Park Presbyterian Church

St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church

Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church


Alpha Kappa Alpha,
ORO Chapter

Henrico East Rotary Club

Impact 100 Richmond

Jack and Jill of America Inc,
Richmond Virginia Chapter

The Rotary Club
of Richmond

Housing Families First has made every effort to accurately list our valued donors. Please contact us if we have made any mistakes.

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