“The families of our tenants are very thank ful, but here are so many more out here who are in;need.”
Enabling New Life
Long & Foster
Real Estate Inc.,
in Laura’s Houses
Trudy Harsh is creating stable, supportive housing options for mentally ill
adults, an e;ort that promises to reduce homelessness and bolster families.
By Meg White;
For 30 years, Laura Harsh was eight years old.
Complications from childhood brain tumor surgery
left her developmentally stuck. As she grew into adulthood, Laura bounced in and out of temporary living
situations. Her sometimes violent behavior made independent living impossible and time spent in group
homes precarious. Persistent health problems meant
Laura’s mother, Ortrud “Trudy” Harsh, ;;;, worked
hard to find the best schools and treatment options
for her daughter, but permanent housing was always a
problem. “It opened my eyes to a lot of people who are
just hidden in this society,” Harsh says.