Good Shepherd Housing prevents homelessness among the working poor, seniors, and people with disabilities by renting apartments with supportive services, making grants to prevent evictions, and providing counseling and financial education. Families facing eviction receive funds during short-term crises, while those without housing gain access to affordable housing where they can also re-establish good credit. Families falling in and out of homelessness receive financial support and counseling to move them into stable homes and help them achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Along with its partners, GSH is also developing, coordinating, and supporting a County-wide network that provides housing search assistance to prevent homelessness. Over 750 families were "stabilized" last year and additional housing units were purchased to buffer families from rising rents. Clients use their own income as their primary resource; GSH's role is to act as a catalyst – and then step back and allow the clients’ accomplishments to be entirely their own. Your support means so much more than a roof over a client's head. For so many it means a fresh start in life.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

Recent honors / awards for agency
o 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy Honoree
o 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management
o Winner of the 2008 Winchester Homes Community Service Award
o Named a Capital One Partners In Excellence Charity
o Selected as a featured charity in the 2006-07 Catalogue for Philanthropy
o Community Trustee – Non-Profit Award for 2003 from Leadership Fairfax, Inc.
o HUD’s 2000 “Best Practices Award” for the Mid-Atlantic Region


  • Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 6 Presentations
    Fri Jun 19 2009  
    Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services honored at the June 22 meeting.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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