We transform the lives of families in need

With your help, our award-winning programs have been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency among working-class families, senior citizens and residents with disabilities in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, Virginia.



83% of households we help are families with children


We provide stable housing and other services for more than 1,000 working-class families each year


11% of Virginia families live in poverty

We help working households as well as individuals with fixed incomes to obtain housing that is affordable, by providing individualized case management that will help them address structural barriers to long-term housing like poor credit histories, itinerant rental histories, little or no savings, and low incomes.

Are you in need of housing?

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GSH provides grants up to $350 per family in the period of a year to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, or help with first months rents and security deposits. Grant applicants are carefully evaluated for factors that lead to long-term housing stability, helping us keep households at risk of homelessness from losing their home. Eligible clients must live within the following zip codes: 22303, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22315, 22060, and 22079.

Are you in need of emergency financial assistance?

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SFDC Hosts Discussion of Area Housing Affordability

Last Wednesday evening, about 50 local residents attended a conversation on housing affordability hosted by the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation. The speakers were Tom Fleetwood, Director of Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development, David Levine, President/CEO of Good Shepherd Housing, and Kyle Talente, Economist/Principal at RKG Associates (and former President of SFDC).

GSH Adds Affordable Housing

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday celebrating the acquisition of its 60th unit preserving affordable housing in Fairfax County. Its newest unit is a one-bedroom apartment in the Colchester Towne complex on Audubon Avenue for a senior citizen aged 62 or older, or an individual with a disability.


  • Jan 20Friends of GSH Tour
    Have you ever wondered what our apartments look like? Would you like to understand what kind of services we offer? We are offering a tour of our office, our service […]
  • Feb 102018 Grapes & Hops at Cedar Knoll
    Join GSH for a wine and beer tasting with hors d’oeuvres on February 10, 2018 from 4pm—7pm at historic Cedar Knoll in Alexandria. Situated on property once owned by our […]
  • Feb 24Friends of GSH Tour
    Have you ever wondered what our apartments look like? Would you like to understand what kind of services we offer? We are offering a tour of our office, our service […]

See what some of the families are saying about how GSH was able to help them…

  • “Thank you so much for helping my family to not have our electricity cut off while we are trying to muddle through these tough times. It is hard to ask for help when you’re used to be self sufficient!”


“We are very grateful for your program. Life has turned for the better for us. After nine months, my husband is now employed again.”


“With the help of GSH, I have been able to improve my life with self-sufficiency, which has placed me in a better position to purchase my first home! GSH is a great program for someone who is in need of a new beginning in their lives and is working towards making some positive changes.”


“We are incredibly grateful to you for your help in helping us prevent our water from being shut off in late summer. God bless.”

- LS