Established in 1974 with a mission to reduce homelessness, increase community support and promote self sufficiency, the Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is operated by a multi-denominational board of directors and staff managing over 70 housing units.
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is located in the Mount Zephyr Business Center at 8305 Richmond Highway, Suite 17B, corner of Richmond Highway and Reddick Avenue of Alexandria VA. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services have been serving the areas by I-495 to the north, I-95 to the west, Potomac River top the west and the Occoquan River to the south, covering the Lee and Mount Vernon Districts of Fairfax County and the entire Fairfax County, including the county’s Planning Districts with Mount Vernon and Rose Hill Districts, Lower Potomac District and the eastern part of the Springfield District.
Programs of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services:
- Apartments Budgeting Counseling
Assistance to people who have been denied housing due to bad credit or poor rental history as an alternative to homeless shelter by letting people rent while assisting in rental reference concerns and cleaning up their credit.
- Emergency Services
Application for assistance for grant costing up to $250 to help in preventing evictions and utility disconnections including assistance with the first rent or security deposit.
- Housing as Top Priority
To prevent homelessness, services are offered for affordable housing including guidance, support and financial assistance for families near to homelessness.
- Housing Locator Program
Housing Search Assistance is offered for people near to homelessness as part of the federal Homeless Prevention and Rapid Housing Program. Partners of the program are FACETS, Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, New Hope Housing, Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, Reston Interfaith, Shelter House and more.
- Budget Counseling
Financial education is provided and low income families and individuals of Good Shepherd Housing apartment programs, are given the opportunity to learn how to clean up their credit history and discover new money management skills leading to financial independence.
- Children’s Resources
Regardless of families of Good Shepherd Housing apartment programs having low incomes, children are offered educational, social and recreational activities with school supplies, holiday gifts and paid for after school activities and summer camps.
Support given to the Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services will assist in reducing homelessness, increase community support and promote the potential for self sufficiency through the programs that serve the working poor, disabled and elderly. Ways to help Good Shepherd Housing and Family Service:
- Designate GSH
- Mortgage Club
- Donation of Computer Packages
- Donation of Cars and Trucks
- Donation of Home Kits such as Cleaning Supplies and Household Items
For more information on the other ways of how to help, please visit: http://www.goodhousing.org/help/.
Volunteers are welcomed at Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services to provide the following services:
- Budget Counselors
- Child Care
- Client Intake
- Event Planning
- Front Desk Reception
- Maintenance/ Repair
- Spanish Speakers/ Translators
- Technical Assistance
- Other Possible Assistance Once Can Offer
- Alderson, Richard (Dick) – Business development and strategic programming for EMC Federal
- Amundson, Kristen – Communications Manager at Education Sector; former Delegate in Virginia General Assembly; former Chair of Fairfax County School Board
- Bailey, Willie – Fairfax County Firefighter, Retired Army Reserves
- Catlin, James – Executive Vice President – Prosper (an online lending marketplace)
- Ellsworth, Cheryl – Attorney specializing in international trade, Customs and antitrust law
- Gillespie, Cathy – Current stay at home mother, former Campaign and Congressional staff member for Joe Barton, former Executive Director of Texas Freedom Fund Political Action Committee
- Goode, Ron – Commercial Developer, John Akridge Company
- Hyland, Ann – Retired Speech Pathologist, Ombudsman for Northern Virginia Long-Term Care program
- Lettice, Paula (Secretary) – Chief Financial Officer, Architect of the U.S. Capitol; Trustee, Trinity (DC) University
- Martin, J. Chris (Treasurer) – Manager, Business Analysis at Exxon-Mobil; president of civic association
- McCormick, Jr., Walter B. – President & CEO of the United States Telecom Association
- Meade, Louise – Retired GSHFS Emergency Services Director/Volunteer Coordinator
- Murray, Rosemary (Vice President) – Government Affairs Consultant, retired Vice President of US Airways
- Owen, Tofie M., Jr. – Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, SAIC, Retired Air Force Colonel
- Reiley, Rex – Real Estate sales
- Rosenthal, Philip – President of credit collection agency, low-income representative from Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board
- Rotondaro, Kathleen – President and founding partner of national consulting firm for housing activities
- Souza, George – Retired Air Force officer, defense intelligence consultant; President of the Board of a non-profit professional association
- Stearman, Joseph – Business owner, Property Manager, Investor, low-income representative (census sub-tract)
- Utermohlen, Alison – Retired Senior Director of Government Affairs for Mortgage Bankers Association
- Wagner, Tim – Real estate appraiser
For more detailed information, visit http://www.goodhousing.org or contact 703 768 9404.