One in every five DC adults lives significantly below the poverty line, and for black residents and those with only a high school degree the unemployment rate is nearly 20%. For these individuals, times are still tough. Some families come to Community Family Life Services having struggled with poverty their entire lives and generational poverty is damaging in so many ways. For 43 years, CFLS has been providing short-term assistance to families in crisis (food, clothing, a hot breakfast), and long-term support as they seek permanent homes and the opportunity to turn their lives around. A transitional housing program serves 17 families, offering the stability and space they need to develop a plan for the future; affordable housing means stability for 35 homeless persons in recovery from addiction or living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities. Employment development services and family-to-family mentoring enable adults to reshape their lives, while after-school and summer enrichment, and a mentoring program for foster kids, support academic achievement even in troubled times. This is our community; these are our families.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 5

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   119
  • Number of individuals that received food and clothing:   870
  • Number of youth in the child welfare system living in foster homes and group homes that were mentored.:   83
  • Number of parents we supported in developing positive parenting skills through our Parent Home Visiting Program:   83
  • Number of children we prepare for success in school annually:   105

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Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Community Family Life Services is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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