The GSH Blog

End of a Plan

by David Levine, President/CEO In a little under two years, Fairfax County's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness will be coming to an end.  Since its start in 2008, the Plan has helped to guide the delivery of services and affordable housing with the aim...

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The Looming Threat to Low Income Housing Tax Credits

The Looming Threat to Low Income Housing Tax Credits

Federal housing tax credits have supported the building of affordable housing for years, but with the new Trump administration has come market insecurity -- putting the funding for some affordable housing projects at risk. To be clear, the federal tax credits have...

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Cancer’s Impact on Income

Cancer’s Impact on Income

by Jessica Seckman, Financial Assistance Coordinator Several months ago, Ella's husband woke up feeling off. He was tired, dragging, and he could tell something was not right. After a couple of weeks, he finally gave in and went in to the doctor's office. The...

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Do People Choose Poverty?

Do People Choose Poverty?

It's a common refrain. A person wouldn't be in this situation if they had just made better choices. That myth on poverty blew up in the public sphere this week as part of the healthcare debate. Stephen Pimpare, a professor at the University of New Hampshire wrote this...

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Share-a-Haircut Update

Share-a-Haircut Update

by Betsy Damitz, Children's Resources Coordinator & Operations Manager Hair Cuttery’s February Share-A-Haircut program to benefit the homeless concluded in early February.  Thousands of patrons visited a Hair Cuttery salon to help donate haircuts in our...

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An Evening of Service

An Evening of Service

by David Levine, President & CEO For many years, GSH has been one of the three grantees of the Women in Housing and Finance Foundation (WHFF).   For the last fifteen years, as the philanthropic arm of the Women in Housing and Finance organization, the...

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LIHTC: Money Back on Affordable Housing

LIHTC: Money Back on Affordable Housing

As much as we need affordable housing in this country, for-profit developers don’t build units only out of charitable concern -- they need to make money. And non-profit housing agencies don’t have unlimited funds -- they need help however they can get it. One of the...

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Better Financial Tools for the Poor

Better Financial Tools for the Poor

by David Levine, President & CEO Jonathan Morduch is a professor at NYU who directs the Financial Diaries Project.  I've written about the Diaries Project before in my weekly updates.   The Diaries Project looks at the daily income and...

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Helping a Mount Vernon Family

Helping a Mount Vernon Family

It's not an uncommon story. A family home catches on fire. And in the aftermath, while there is undeniable relief that everyone is safe, the reality of the loss sets in. Insurance comes back and values your home and belongings at a certain amount. The family finds...

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The Talent Pool

The Talent Pool

by David Levine, President/CEO In last week's update, I wrote about the painter Lee Jaworek. GSH helped Lee locate affordable housing in our area. Lee is participating in an exhibition of Virginia-based artists at the General Assembly building in Richmond.  ...

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