Good Shepherd Housing Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrating 60th Unit
On September 29, 2017, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc. (GSH) acquired its 60th unit. This particular unit in Colchester Towne is a one-bedroom apartment designated for a senior citizen (62 years or older) or an individual with a disability. Each acquisition expands the ability of GSH to offer permanent affordable housing in Fairfax County.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the acquisition was held on October 5, 2017. Several state and county officials attended the ceremony, including:
- Scott Surovell, Member, Virginia State Senate, 36th District
- Paul Krizek, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 44th District
- Karen Corbett Sanders, Vice Chair, Fairfax County School Board, Representative of Mount Vernon District
- Tom Fleetwood, Director, Department of Housing and Community Development, Fairfax County
- Albert J. McAloon, Commissioner, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
“Our region has lost a significant number of affordable housing units over the past decade with the dramatic increase of real estate prices,” said Delegate Paul Krizek (D-44th). “Good Shepherd Housing is serving an important community need by acquiring units such as the ones in Colchester Towne and preserving them as affordable housing units for working households in our district. I am honored to help celebrate this milestone acquisition, and pleased to see that it will be designated for a senior or an individual with a disability, segments in our community that often get left behind when new multi-family developments are constructed.”
“Every year, GSH is able to help one thousand working households thanks to the support of our generous community,” said David Levine, President and CEO of GSH. “We are planning to add at least an additional 150 units to our current housing inventory over the next ten years. Stable, affordable housing is the first step for a family’s journey to self-sufficiency, financial stability and economic empowerment.”
GSH was formed in 1974 when several parishioners at Good Shepherd Catholic Church found a struggling homeless refugee family living along Richmond Highway. They came together, first providing emergency shelter at a local hotel, building them a home, and then providing support services over many years. As times changed, the volunteers realized that need in the area had grown exponentially. In response, the organization hired a permanent, professional staff and acquired affordable housing units scattered throughout the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.
GSH is situated along the historic Richmond Highway corridor of Fairfax County and has successfully housed thousands of neighbors in need. Their numbers grow every year. On average, GSH clients earn between 35 and 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), which in Fairfax County is $112,000 for a household of four. An analysis of the local real estate market has shown that for every two families that are within the 30 to 50 percent AMI, only one housing unit is available that is also affordable.
About Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
Since 1974, GSH has been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency by providing permanent affordable housing, emergency financial services, budget counseling and case management to working-class families in Fairfax County. Earning numerous accolades for their work, GSH received the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and was named one of the best nonprofits by the 2014-2015 Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy.
For more information, please visit www.goodhousing.org.