Inspired to Give

Karl Bren

Former BHC Board Member

Nearly 25 years ago, Karl Bren attended a general meeting called by BHC co-founder Mary Tyler McClenahan and was inspired by her vision and passion for the notion that high-quality, affordable housing is imperative to relieving the ills of poverty. 

Karl, founder of GreenVisions Consulting, became a long-time supporter of and advocate for BHC – even before we officially formed as a non-profit organization.  He went on to serve as vice chairman of BHC’s Board of Directors for 20 years, and was instrumental in leading BHC’s “green vision” for eco-friendly housing as a means to affordability.  Karl still values his close relationship with BHC, and he and his wife, Jane, are faithful donors to BHC’s annual fund.

“I continue to give and care for BHC because they are the most powerful force for positive community change,” said Karl.  “I can’t think of a better investment than to support the work of BHC.”

When Karl first became a part of the BHC family, the concepts of green building did not appear on the priority list of any housing organization.  Karl was instrumental in steering BHC on a steady course towards environmental sustainability.  Thanks to his guidance, BHC committed to building each of its homes to EarthCraft standards in 2006 — enabling renters and homeowners alike to enjoy comfortable, energy-efficient homes with low utility costs and increased indoor air quality.

“Residents living in these homes recognize substantial savings in their energy bills, allowing them to build personal wealth,” said Karl.

Karl continues to be a source of wisdom and inspiration for BHC as we continue to incorporate innovative green building technologies into our homes.

Kevin Walters

Former BHC Intern

Kevin Walters served as an intern for Better Housing Coalition nearly 10 years ago while working toward his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Clearly, he caught the BHC bug. After his internship, Kevin became a regular supporter of BHC. More recently, he joined BHC’s Builder’s Society of donors who give more than $1,000 annually.

“I have always believed that everything we give comes back to us, manifold,” he said. “Affordable Housing is a passion for me, and I am proud to be able to contribute to this fine organization in every way that I possibly can.”

Kevin manages supply chain inventory at Owens & Minor, and he operates Practical Feng Shui, a consulting business that incorporates feng shui principles into urban design.

In 2011, Kevin and T.K. Somanath, BHC’s president and CEO, presented the Feng Shui and Affordable Housing seminar at the Healthy Homes conference in Denver, Colorado.  The presentation featured the use of feng shui principles in BHC’s Beckstoffer’s Mill Apartments.