The Board of Directors of BARN Community Housing and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia have made the decision to end their housing program and services for families facing homelessness.

BARN (Benedictine Aid and Relief for Neighbors) was founded in 1997 by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in cooperation with HUD. The mission of BARN’s Transitional Housing Program has been to provide the comprehensive services needed to help women and children caught in the cycle of homelessness to achieve independence and stability. BARN staff provided not only housing, but case management, counseling, life skills, employment skills, tutoring, and educational support for their clients.

BARN subsequently instituted a Rapid Rehousing Program, funded by HUD, to support their initiative to place families in permanent housing as rapidly as possible through rental assistance and case management.

As HUD’s funding priorities changed, BARN lost its funding for transitional housing.

In May of 2017, BARN initiated a Community Housing Program to provide an alternative to the transitional housing model.

The Community Housing Program was funded by client program fees, private grants and donations.

BARN has been unable to overcome the increasing funding deficit, and can no longer sustain its mission to provide transitional housing and supportive services to women and children.

BARN’s service to the community will be completed by December 31, 2018

  • For more than 20 years, hundreds of families with children have benefited from BARN’s programs and have successfully recovered from the challenges of homelessness.

  • The Board of Directors and the Benedictine Sisters are deeply grateful for the generous support of the business community, individual benefactors, volunteers and staff who have worked tirelessly to serve the needs of so many families.

  • The Benedictine Sisters continue to serve Prince William County through BEACON for Adult Literacy, Linton Hall School, and the Benedictine Pastoral Center.

 From Sister Cecilia Dwyer:

“It is with sadness that we announce the closing of BARN Community Housing but we celebrate its more than 20 years of helping hundreds of families become independent and build a future for themselves.  We Benedictine Sisters are grateful for the help we have received in these more 20 years from government agencies, the local community and our very generous donors.”


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