The Brain Foundation provides affordable housing for those suffering from serious and persistent brain diseases such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders and who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless.

CUMC member, Trudy Harsh, founded the Brain Foundation in 2003.  Trudy was driven to establish the Brain Foundation based on her experience with her daughter, Laura who suffered a brain tumor when she was 8 years old and the resulting surgery left her stunted emotionally and physically.  While Laura struggled with her challenges for 30 years until her death in January 2006, she brought great joy to her family and friends through her keen wit, jokes, poetry, and upbeat attitude.

Trudy recognized an opportunity to fill the housing gap caused by the closure of many mental health facilities over the past several decades and undertook the ambitious task of seeking out and organizing the legal, financial, technical, and political talent necessary to secure support for acquiring a stock of housing that in 10 – 15 years will be self sustaining and expanding.

In October 2006, the Virginia Housing Development Authority awarded the Brain Foundation a loan to purchase its first home in Fairfax City, Virginia.  The home was named “Laura’s House” and beautifully furnished with donations.  Since then, the Brain Foundation has bought 8 more Laura’s Houses located in Fairfax County and Fairfax City, VA for a total of 9 houses.

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Contact: Trudy Harsh (703-830-8852)