Bucks County Housing Group
began as a grass-roots initiative in the late 1970's when community members, led by Santo Gairo
, successfully lobbied Bucks County government to support the establishment of a homeless shelter in the county. Since its formal beginning in 1980, Santo Gairo has served as a visionary leader.Mr. Gairo was, and remains, a tireless, passionate and committed advocate for the client families Housing Group serves.As Executive Director, Mr. Gairo is the driving force of the organization and has overseen the successful growth of the organization.
With a budget of $29,000 in 1980 to the present day $2.7 million budget, Mr. Gairo
has creatively engaged funders at the federal, state, county and private levels.Mr. Gairo
intends to retire from day-to-day oversight of Housing Group
in October of 2007.Mr. Gairo earned a BS Degree from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1966 and received a Masters Degree from The School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.Mr. Gairo
has been a resident of Bucks County for 40 years.