GSH is dedicated to serving Fairfax County’s “hidden homeless” – working families who struggle to pay rent at market rates and live one paycheck away from a crisis. Through its affordable housing program, it charges rent that families with low incomes can afford, while leaving them enough money to pay for food, clothing, and childcare. Individualized case management and support services (financial education and coaching, budgeting, credit skill building, connections to job fairs and training) get clients on the path to self-sufficiency. Some are bravely weathering a medical crisis; others are seeking a better job; many are determined to give their children a better life. The Children’s Resources program gives them that chance, providing the young members of tenant families with access to summer camps, field trips, one-on-one academic tutoring, and more. Your gift helps make possible a new lease on 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 (FY2023)

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

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