Community Services

Community Development

The Foundation’s Community Development grant-making includes affordable housing production and preservation, homeless services, transitional and permanent supportive housing, foreclosure and eviction prevention, community economic development and wealth building, and civic engagement. Our giving in those areas is focused on increasing the availability of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income residents, helping homeless individuals and families attain self-sufficiency and housing stability, improving the economic status and viability of low- and moderate-income residents and communities, and preventing the adverse impact on neighborhoods that commonly results from foreclosures and vacancies.

Children, Youth and Families

The Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families portfolio includes out-of-school time programs, youth development and academic enrichment in schools, as well as programs for homeless youth or those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Our giving focuses on nonprofits that help young people improve their academic performance, develop relationships with trusted adults and make connections to the larger community. We support programs that also provide safe spaces for children, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

We look for collaboration between nonprofits and schools, so that services are coordinated and the best outcomes for youth are ensured. We expect that programs operating within schools will also align with academic standards.

For older youth, the Foundation invests in programs that enable them to learn new skills, access employment opportunities, make healthy choices and advocate for change within their schools and communities. In addition, we support programs that create more permanent placements for older youth in foster care and offer training and support for foster and adoptive families.

Justice: Access, Violence Prevention, Reentry

The Foundation invests in organizations and programs that help increase access to justice for low-income individuals. Such nonprofits may provide direct legal representation, education about legal rights and responsibilities, and advocacy.

We also support nonprofits that provide assistance to victims of violence, to help them achieve safety and self-sufficiency. This may include direct services, as well as advocacy.

Our grant-making also aims to reduce the recidivism rate of incarcerated youth and adults. Support includes direct services to help facilitate returning citizens’ reentry into the community and related advocacy.

At our Fall Board of Directors’ Meeting in October 2018, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 132 grants for a total of $9,670,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between March 2, 2018 and July 2, 2018. Please visit our Annual Report Page for a full list of Cafritz grantees. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.

Organization Name


Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation)


$30,000 outright and $20,000 as a 1:1 match for general support.

Impact Silver Spring


General support.

Institute of Urban Living Inc.


General support for Hyacinth's Place, which provides affordable housing and support services to homeless women living with a mental health diagnosis.

Iona Senior Services


$70,000 for general support for Iona Senior Services, $30,000 for the DC Long Term Care Coalition and $20,000 for the DC Senior Advisory Coalition.

Jews United for Justice


General support.

Jill's House, Inc.


General support.

KEYS for the Homeless Foundation, Inc.


General support.

Latin American Youth Center


$100,000 for general support, $15,000 to support the President and CEO leadership transition, and $10,000 for the Chess Challenge program.

Latino Economic Development Center


General support.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.


$15,000 for general support of the Crisis Center and $5,000 to support an AmeriCorps Volunteer Maryland (VM) Coordinator.