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Shelter Group

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The Shelter Group is a privately held real estate development and property management company founded in 1977 by Mark K. Joseph and specializing in multifamily and senior living communities. More than three decades of experience in delivering creative and successful outcomes make the company a recognized leader in the industry.


The Shelter Group operates three distinct companies, each a leader in its field.

Shelter Development

For over 30 years, Shelter Development has focused on creating quality communities to meet marketplace needs. By taking the time to understand individual markets while building relationships with neighborhood, government, business and financial partners, Shelter Development has successfully developed and acquired more than $2 billion in senior and family residential housing communities.

Shelter Properties

Shelter Properties manages more than 50 affordable and market-rate multifamily communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including its Park View Senior Living and Family Living communities. With a commitment to providing services that improve quality of life for residents, Shelter Properties ensures that each of its communities meets the highest standards in the industry.

Brightview Senior Living

Since the first Brightview Senior Living community opened in Maryland in 1999, The Shelter Group has emerged as a leader in the field of senior living. Today, there are 25 Brightview communities in nine states offering vibrant Independent Living, Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care options. By creating environments that are great places to live and to work, Brightview consistently receives very high scores on resident satisfaction and associate engagement surveys.


With decades of experience in real estate, finance and long-term health care, The Shelter Group's leadership team built the organization to its present strength and looks to the future with a focus on continuing performance. Founded by Mark Joseph, The Shelter Group is managed today by partners Arnold Richman, Marilynn Duker, Jeffrey Hettleman and David Carliner, all of whom are active in ongoing operations and strategic business management.


The Shelter Group would not be the company it is today without the tremendous effort of its more than 2,300 associates - each committed to the company's mission and core values. The reputation and track record of The Shelter Group has enabled the company to recruit, train and retain a highly successful team of professionals. Through the efforts of all of these individuals, the company has a solid foundation of innovation, stability and integrity.

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