For 50+ years, CFLS has evolved to meet the varied needs of DCís most vulnerable citizens, offering critical support to those struggling with poverty and homelessness. Short-term crisis assistance (food, clothing, a hot breakfast) provides an emergency safety net, while long-term support (transitional housing, single-room occupancy, employment services, mentoring and parenting programs) gives families the opportunity to turn their lives around. CFLS also helps women returning home after incarceration, many of whom are single mothers facing homelessness. Intensive case management begins three to four months before each womanís release and continues as she rejoins the community Ė meeting her basic needs, helping her secure employment and housing, and offering parenting classes, mentoring, and medical case management, including substance abuse treatment. Many of these women arrive at CFLS with a single trash bag filled with all their possessions. You can give them a new beginning.

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 (FY2016)

  • $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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