Through funding from the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), E/BFSC provides Motivational Interviewing case management services to support efforts of caregivers in Wards 5 & 6 to safely and adequately care for their children, identify and alleviate barriers to well-being, and accomplish goals that better position their families to thrive.
Information & Referral
Families are provided with up-to-date information about community and government resources to meet immediate and long-term needs such as emergency housing, utility and rental assistance, childcare vouchers, behavioral health treatment, and other necessary supports.
Each family is assigned to a Family Support Worker (FSW) with whom to partner on such areas as: navigating educational systems, obtaining government benefits, identifying therapeutic resources for themselves and their child, tenant rights, and much more. The FSW also provides crisis intervention, conducts home visits, and encourages a healthy interdependence with the community.
For more information about E/BFSC's Family Strengthening services, please call Katrina Y. Coates at (202) 832-9400 x181 or visit our main office at 601 Edgewood Street NE, Suite 25, Washington, DC 20017.
E/BFSC was awarded a Community Services Block Grant from the United Planning Organization (UPO) to implement the Readiness Individualized Support and Employment Program (RISE uP). RISE uP is E/BFSC's Workforce Development program that assists individuals to become more independent by securing employment, increasing educational attainment, starting a business, and removing social barriers to economic success.
Unemployed and under-employed District residents are assisted with obtaining full-time or part-time employment. Participants are assigned to an Employment Specialist who works with them one-on-one to help them find a job that will be personally and financially fulfilling.
E/BFSC's newest program provides entrepreneurship training and development for individuals who want to turn their hobby, side-hustle, or gig into a true business venture. Participants are taught the fundamentals of business ownership through individualized coaching sessions and small group sessions with industry experts.
E/BFSC partners with CFSA, the DC Department of Human Services, and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness to expand the city's capacity to provide permanent housing and supportive services to families. E/BFSC's housing program is modeled after the Housing First approach, which emphasizes providing permanent housing to families followed by supportive services to promote housing retention and improved quality of life.
Please note that all Housing Stabilization participants are referred by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness and the DC Department of Human Services.
Family Rehousing and Stabilization Program (FRSP)
FRSP (also known as Rapid Re-housing) is a federally funded program that provides short-term rental assistance and services to families experiencing homelessness. All participants in E/BFSC's FRSP are assigned a Family Support Worker (FSW) who offers case management services to include home visits, budget planning and management, household maintenance, and housing advocacy and placement.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
The Permanent Supportive Housing program provides permanent housing and supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness to facilitate housing stabilization, maximum levels of self-sufficiency, and overall better quality of life.
Ionia R. Whipper Home (IWH)
Founded in 1931 by Dr. Ionia R. Whipper, originally as a home for unwed African-American mothers, IWH has existed in DC for 90 years, primarily serving unwed mothers and underage females who were victims of abuse and neglect. In 2016 E/BFSC began operating a Transitional Home in the historic IWH facility for mothers 18-24 and their children ages 0-6 who are experiencing homelessness. The residents are assisted with securing permanent housing and coaching on parenting skills, money management, tenant rights, and job search strategies.
Confronting barriers to learning through the lens of prevention and collaboration is the foundation of our approach to school-based intervention and engagement. We believe that when schools, families, and communities are working together, children succeed both in and outside of the classroom.
Show Up, Stand Out
Through funding received from the Office of Victim Services Justice Grants (OVSJG), the Show Up, Stand Out (SUSO) truancy prevention program targets students who have accumulated five to nine unexcused absences. Program activities include school-wide attendance incentives, home visits, family case management, concrete supports to families, parent engagement activities, and attendance education. E/BFSC currently partners with the following schools under the SUSO program:
Full-Service Community Schools
The Full-Service Community School model places the school at the center of the neighborhood, integrating services and positioning the school as a vital hub to support students, families, and community members. In partnership with school leadership, services and programs are intentionally integrated to support the unique needs of the school and community. Through funding received from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), E/BFSC currently partners with four DCPS schools to implement community school programming: