Success in Our Housing

Jun 24, 2016

by David Levine, President/CEO

This week I had a chance to speak with Maya, a resident for the last six years in one of our Colchester Townes units.  I remember purchasing her unit for the GSH housing portfolio— just like it was yesterday.  In fact, her Colchester  Townes two-bedroom unit was one of my first property acquisitions at GSH.

Maya reported to me that her her daughter, Lorena, had just graduated from TC Williams with a  perfect 4.0 GPA. She has been awarded a full scholarship to Virginia State University in Petersburg and plans to study psychology in college.  As her mother proudly announced, Lorena will be the first in her family to go to college.

I remember the day when they moved into our housing back in March 2010.  They had been homeless for nearly three years.  They came with nothing: no furniture, no furnishings.

Maya and Lorena had “surfed” from one living arrangement to another in Alexandria City. Their homelessness also explains Lorena’s attendance at TC Williams. (Homeless children are permitted to remain in the same school system irrespective of their residence).

Over the last six years, Maya continued to work for the Department of Interior in DC.  She kept everything working smoothly.  Today, she is the mother of a college-bound high school graduate, one who has a bright future ahead of her.  All in all, hers is a great housing success.