Welcome to Centro de Apoyo Familiar / Center for Assistance to Families (CAF)

Dear Clients, Friends and Supporters.

We are delighted that you are visiting our website. I am proud to introduce to you Centro de Apoyo Familiar/ the Center for Assistance to Families (CAF), a non-profit agency committed to building healthy communities by providing the Latino community with social, health, and economic support that can help generate financial stability. CAF has offices in Silver Spring and Baltimore in Maryland, and in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Since being founded in 2006, we’ve served as a clearinghouse of information for social and housing related services. CAF works closely with faith-based organizations that serve Latinos.

 

  • 2013 CAF Celebrated 1st Annual Conference
    2013 CAF Celebrated 1st Annual Conference

    In December 5, 6 and 7 of 2013 CAF celebrated its first Annual Conference and its seventh year Anniversary Dinner. Over 350 stakeholders, friends, volunteers and families gathered with us to look back on the amazing seven years that CAF has have since its creation. 

    CAF’s Annual Conference consisted of three days filled with joy, information, resources, and enthusiasm. On Saturday, we gathered over 150 leaders from the faith community to learn about CAF’s Connectors Network – a growing network of faith-based organizations that are making 

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  • What We Do

    Programs
    CAF provides a number of direct services for low-to-moderate income families. Our programs focus on providing families with the tools to build assets in this country. Programs include:

    Casa y Comunidad (Home and Community Program) is an asset-building initiative that provides low-income families with a number of homeownership and wealth building services including financial counseling and education, foreclosure prevention and mitigation, pre-purchase consultation, credit counseling, saving programs such as Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and free tax preparation.

    Los Conectores (The Connectors Program) is a capacity building and leadership program that prepares faith-based leaders to act as a bridge between their congregations and their communities.

    Elderly Program targets low-income elders to learn and engage in activities as a group in areas such as health education, financial mentorship for younger generations, arts & crafts, building healthy relationships, and others.

    Mortgage Default Toll Free Line is a customized phone counseling program designed for faith-based institutions to refer homeowners who are either delinquent on their mortgage or facing foreclosure. 1-877-43-FAITH connects families with a local experienced foreclosure counselor who provides phone counseling and/or referral services to an HUD approved housing counseling agency located near the client.

    Free Tax Preparation Program (VITA) delivers free tax preparation programs for low-income communities in Maryland and Massachusetts. CAF also helps eligible families access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and connects families with asset building programs available in the community while providing money management workshops for families that receive the tax preparation services.

    Homeownership Program provides families with the tools and information they need to become sustainable homeowners. The program offers educational seminars and one-on-one counseling sessions with our professional housing counselors. Our program helps families assess and understand their credit report, choose a mortgage, learn about budgeting, saving, and how to access down payment and legal assistance programs available in the state.

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