The Department of Family Services partnered with the Greater Washington Community Foundation in Prince George’s County to create the Domestic Violence Community Assistance Fund (DVCAF). The DVCAF was created to provide programmatic financial assistance to non-profit organizations to enhance services to individuals and families directly affected by domestic violence, human trafficking and to provide programs designed to prevent violence in the home and achieve a greater level of independence. This includes strengthening the families’ ability to cope, and rebuilding the family unit by assisting them in the removal of challenges to gaining self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by helping families obtain access to legal services, counseling services, support groups, employment, training and housing. Grantees also participated in capacity-building and technical assistance activities designed and provided by the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
Domestic Violence Community Assistance Fund Awardees FY21
Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI)
Funds will provide transportation to shelter guests, when necessary, limited rental support, individual needs such as school lunches, school supplies or other needs for a family or student/s.
Community Advocates for Family and Youth (CAFY)
Funds will supplement existing funding for “Begin Again and Thrive (BAAT) Program”’ which focuses on addressing housing needs among victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and their families using emergency accommodation, permanent relocation, and financial assistance.
Community Legal Services of Prince George's County
Funds will staff an attorney position and program that supports domestic violence survivors seeking legal assistance.
House of Ruth Maryland Prince George's County
Funds will support the provision of counseling/therapy services including IPV education, safety planning and trauma reduction for domestic violence survivors.