P.O. Box 5222
Richmond VA 23220-0222
Mission Statement
The mission of HomeAgain is to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness to secure and maintain a home, again. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lorae D Ponder MSW, M. Div.
Board Chair Mr. Lonnie D Nunnally
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 5222
Richmond, VA 232200222
Telephone 804 358-7747 101
Fax 804 358-9646
E-mail info@homeagainrichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
ESI Connections, Inc.2004
Emergency Shelter, Inc.1980
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,058,007.00
Projected Expenses $2,058,007.00
The mission of HomeAgain is to help families and individuals experiencing homelessness to secure and maintain a home, again. 

In FY 2014:

  • HomeAgain served 354 households (520 individuals)including 131 children and 89 Veterans.
  • Program participants receive housing focused case management and substance abuse and child-specific services when appropriate.  Additionally, each household is referred to community-based services designed to continue once the household returns to permanent housing
  • 66%  of the households discharged from our programs moved directly into permanent housing.

Goals for FY 2015 include:

  • Identify and implement ways to continue to reduce the length of stay at our emergency shelters.
  • Continue to lead the community with rates of exit to permanent housing.
  • Streamlining our donor and volunteer management systems.
  • Building internal capacity to continue to grow the agency and programs in the current economic climate.

  • Financial support from the community in order to sustain operation of the Espigh Family Shelter for families experiencing a housing crisis, as well as our Men's Emergency Shelter which serves single men and Veterans.
  • Donated items: toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes), twin sized linens, towels & wash cloths, new pillows (sealed in plastic).
  • Facility Maintenance: skilled painters and building/electrical/plumbing contractors.
  • Volunteers for weekly children's activities.

In 1979, a group of concerned citizens began meeting to discuss the issue of homelessness in Richmond and the surrounding areas. This group consisted of people from area churches and human service agencies.  A needs assessment was conducted and funds were sought to provide shelter for those in need.

In 1981, the group became a 501c3 nonprofit agency under the name Emergency Shelter Inc. We began providing shelter on a temporary basis in the firehouse at 200 West Marshall Street. Over 483 individuals were served at the firehouse in 2½ months! We began a major fund raising campaign for a building. In 1981, over $52,000 had been raised and a building for shelter was secured at 2 East Main Street. This beautiful home serves homeless women and children today and remains the core program of HomeAgain.

In 1994, Emergency Shelter Inc. purchased and renovated 11 West Grace Street for the Men’s Emergency Shelter. Today this facility serves 28 gentlemen experiencing a housing crisis each night.

In 1996, a transitional program for women and children was created. This program housed families in area apartments for up to two years. Today this program has evolved into the Family INRICH Transitional program serving families in a variety of compositions, unaccompanied men, and unaccompanied women who live in scattered site apartments.

In 1998, Emergency Shelter Inc. began a partnership with the Veterans Administration and opened a beautiful facility on the Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center in 2001. This program remains the largest transitional housing program for homeless veterans.

In 2005, the name was changed to HomeAgain in order to better represent our mission within the community.

In 2012, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HomeAgain began providing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to households who are experiencing homelessness and have a disability. 
The agency is currently in a position of great growth, as the focus has transitioned from one with a "shelter focus" to one that is focused on housing.  HomeAgain works to ensure that each and every household that enters the agency will return to permanent housing as quickly as possible, reducing the crisis of homelessness for all.   
CEO Statement
The past two years have been a period of great growth for HomeAgain, and I am excited as I look ahead to where this agency is headed.  HomeAgain has shifted the course of its agency to ensure that we are best positioned to end homelessness for those who enter our doors.  This change has not been easy, and it is only because of the dynamic professional staff and their passion for ending homelessness that this change has been possible. 
I am proud of the fact that the agency is able to provide many different tools for ending homelessness (emergency shelter, transition in place transitional shelter, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing) so we can best match the housing solution with the needs of the household.  This diversity and flexibility has allowed us to remain nimble and adjust to the changing landscape of homeless services.   
I invite you to contact me to schedule a tour of one of our buildings.  We are proud of our shelters, and we welcome those from the community to see the work that we do first hand.   
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Henrico County
Richmond, City
Hanover County
Powhatan County
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lonnie D Nunnally
Company Affiliation Hunton & Williams
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Email cnunley@hunton.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Brandon Magness
Company Affiliation Altria
Term July 2015 to June 2016
Email brandon.l.magness@altria.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Emil Avram Dominion Resources
Mrs. Maya Crumbaugh Capital One
Ms. Mary Devine Community Volunteer
Ms. Elizabeth M. Ebanks Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Steward, P.C.
Ms. Eleina Espigh Capitol One
Rabbi Jesse Gallop Congregation Beth Ahabah
The Venerable William O. Jones Community Volunteer
Mr. Clayton M. Jones ClearTrail
Mr. Donald E. King McGuireWoods
Mr. Brandon Magness Altria, Inc.
Mr. Chip Nunley Hunton & Williams
Ms. Bindy Savedoff The Federal Reserve
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Lorae D Ponder MSW, M. Div.
HomeAgain, one of Richmond’s premiere homeless services providers, welcomes Lorae D. Ponder as the new Executive Director, effective February16, 2015. Lorae comes to us as an experienced non-profit leader and program developer, with a strong housing and family services background.  She has served as Vice President in two non-profit organizations in Richmond VA, and as Executive Director for a homeless shelter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania early in her career.
Ms. Ponder served Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, (HOME) for nearly 13 years.  First, as Director of Programs, leading the Homeless Prevention Services Division, and then as Vice President, providing leadership to all of HOME’s Housing Counseling, Fair Housing programs and its Front Office Operations. Prior to that she served as the Vice President for Community-Centered Initiatives at Family Lifeline (formerly known as Family & Children’s Service of Richmond). There she helped launch several collaborative, community-based programs designed to improve the quality of life for children and families.
Ms. Ponder is very active in the community, serving as an Associate Minister at the Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, under the leadership of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Herbert L.
Ponder, who is the Pastor, and as a Consultant for the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia, where she leads Sisters Who Care, a ministry designed to engage, mobilize and inspire African American women and children to missions in the community. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Housing Coalition, a statewide advocacy organization that works to increase sustainable affordable housing options for Virginia’s citizens.
In this new role as Executive Director of HomeAgain, she will join the Richmond Continuum of Care for the Homeless in their efforts to create and maintain sustainable, best practice models for homeless services in our region.
Ms. Ponder holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She and Dr. Ponder are the proud parents of two adult children. Her life’s mission is to work in ways that create opportunity for growth and that strengthen individuals, families and communities. At HomeAgain, she will apply her energy, skills and passion to serving those experiencing homelessness and will work to end homelessness in our community.
HomeAgain is committed to the Housing First service model and is a leader in our Region with rapidly rehousing homeless families and individuals. “Our services are comprehensive and represent a continuum, from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing. All services are designed to quickly intervene in episodes of homelessness and place homeless persons in stable housing as soon as possible. Everyone needs and deserves a place to call home, and many of us are blessed to have housing that meets our needs. However, it could be the other way around. The only difference between us and those without housing is a key.
Former CEOs
Ms. Carolyn Burdett July 2009 - Mar 2012
Ms. Kathryn Chlan Aug 2013 - Feb
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 24
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2008
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Central Virginia Foodbank Partner Agency1990
HandsOn Greater Richmond2005
Partnership for Families - Northside2008
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency2004
External Assessments and Accreditations
US Department of Housing & Urban Development1981
Certificate of RecognitionDepartment of Veterans Affairs2008
Certificate of Recognition and AppreciationUnited Way2009

HomeAgain’s Espigh Family Shelter began serving families experiencing a housing crisis in 1981. The services offered assist families and unaccompanied women to secure and maintain permanent housing. The Family Emergency Shelter has a capacity of 27 adults and children (ages 0-18) and offers services up to 60 days.  Upon arrival, residents' most basic needs of food and safe living space are provided. Then, clients are assessed for HomeAgain’s services that include substance abuse prevention, mental health, parenting, child development, tutoring, life skills, employment, and housing search. At the core of our services is engagement with the clients and development of a professional relationship. The housing focused case management process includes goal setting, handling crises as these occur, setting boundaries, modeling behaviors and using client strengths. A critical service offered to all HomeAgain’s clients is assessment of needs and referrals to existing community services.

Population Served Homeless
Budget $283,395.00
Description The Men’s Emergency Shelter provides services to unaccompanied men experiencing homelessness for up to 60 days. The facility has a capacity to serve 20 men co-located with eight clients residing in the Veteran’s Transitional Program. It operates 365 days a year and is staffed 24 hours per day. A person’s immediate needs are addressed first such as food, shelter and medical care so that he can begin the first steps toward housing stability. Then, the client meets with their case manager for an assessment and jointly, the resident and case manager identify the resident’s needs. A housing plan with goals and target dates for goal completion is developed.
Population Served Homeless
Budget $172,212.00
The family INRICH Transitional Program serves families experiencing homelessness in all compositions, however preference for the INRICH program is given to young mothers with children.  This program is staffed with a full-time case manager, a child servies coordinator, tutors, and a part-time substance abuse counselor.  Households select rental housing in the community where they would like to live, and HomeAgain master leases this unit for up to one year.  After this time period, the lease transitions from HomeAgain's name to that of the resident, eliminating the need for them to move again.  This new "Transition in Place" model allows for greater client choice and better programmatic outcomes. 
Population Served Homeless
Description  The Veterans Transitional Program is a collaborative effort between HomeAgain and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program serves up to 26 male veterans in a facility located on the campus of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center and in the Men’s Emergency facility located in downtown Richmond. The close working relationship between HomeAgain staff and hospital personnel focuses on referral of homeless veterans to the program offering intensive case management, life skills, substance abuse and mental health services. The program is staffed by a full-time case manager, case aide, house manager, overnight staff as well as a part-time substance abuse counselor.


Population Served Adults
Budget $291,204.00

This new project will serve families in a variety of compositions, including but not limited to, those with Veteran status. In order to qualify, the head of household must have a documented disability, and the household must be homeless, as defined by HUD.  HomeAgain’s permanent supportive housing program will increase the availability of permanent housing options within our community and provide the essential supportive services necessary to maintain housing.  Case Management services will be offered, and households pay 30% of their income towards rent.  The remaining rent is subsidized through the program.  Because housing is permanent, housholds are able to remain in this program for as long as they require assistance. 

Population Served Homeless
CEO/ED/Board Comments A major barrier to permanent housing is the rising costs of fair market rent (FMR) for the Richmond area.  Affordable housing for families and individuals with low income is a major challenge. Many of our residents experience barriers including job loss with compounding mental health, substance abuse, and legal history. HomeAgain offers best practice interventions and collaborates with area landlords and subsidized housing programs to assist our clients. We welcome a tour to see our beautiful inviting programs, learn more about our philosophy, and meet our team!
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,058,007.00
Projected Expenses $2,058,007.00
Endowment Value $130,126.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,361,269$1,503,286$1,196,020
Individual Contributions$297,440$358,483$235,051
Investment Income, Net of Losses($2,538)$8,801$4,004
Membership Dues------
Special Events$11,965$56,580$53,754
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,746,545$1,743,549$1,415,475
Administration Expense$196,853$127,852$108,325
Fundraising Expense$1,539$33,490$35,008
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.051.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,299,686$1,345,310$1,339,813
Current Assets$491,550$495,389$447,702
Long-Term Liabilities$32,937$43,375$53,404
Current Liabilities$80,276$65,353$147,005
Total Net Assets$1,186,473$1,236,582$1,139,404
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.127.583.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%4%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments
Our Endowment, the Edward White King Memorial Fund, was established to assist HomeAgain with serving homeless children.  HomeAgain uses the interest drawn on these funds for activities that benefit the children who HomeAgain serves.
HomeAgain has made great strides in the past two years with completing required financial reporting in a timely and accurate manor.  Board oversight, a strong fiscal team, and the involvement of the Executive Director have all contributed to this success. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Dooley & Vicars.