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Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
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The Foundation's core priority is addressing the barriers that prevent homeless and low-income people from becoming self-sufficient. We support organizations that help individuals and families overcome these obstacles and attain stable employment and safe, secure housing. Programs that receive support include supportive transitional and permanent housing providers, vocational training and placement, substance abuse treatment and recovery, health care and mental health services, childcare, access to public benefits, emergency rent and utility assistance, case management, and legal representation. Priority is given to comprehensive programs that provide a continuum of services to help homeless, low-income and at-risk individuals and families attain stable employment, safe and secure housing, and self-sufficiency.

The Foundation also supports low-barrier services such as feeding programs and temporary shelters that provide basic services for the street homeless, the chronically mentally ill, and the most vulnerable members of our community.

Homelessness and At-Risk/Low Income Populations

Bread for the City
Bread for the City provides legal, medical and social services, and emergency assistance to impoverished children and adults in Washington, D.C.

Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginnings is a child development center for homeless children, ages six months to five years, whose families live in shelters and transitional housing in the District of Columbia.

Community of Hope
Community of Hope creates opportunities for low-income families in Washington, DC, including those experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope.

DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen collects more than one million pounds of food each year from local foodservice businesses and restaurants and converts that donated food into nearly 4,000 meals each day and trains unemployed men and women for jobs in the foodservice industry.

Downtown Cluster of Congregations
Downtown Cluster of Congregations is an ecumenical association of 43 congregations that share resources to provide outreach, case management, and referrals to indigent street homeless in Washington, DC.

Friendship Place
Friendship Place provides outreach, medical and psychiatric services, transitional and permanent housing, and social services for homeless men and women living in upper Northwest Washington, D.C.

Henry Street Settlement
The Henry Street Settlement is a not-for-profit social service agency in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City that provides social services, arts programs and health care services to New Yorkers of all ages.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The Washington, DC LISC program is a site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the largest community development support organization in the country. Its mission is to help community based organizations create healthy neighborhoods that are good places to live, work, raise children and conduct business.

Miriam's Kitchen
Miriam’s Kitchen provides warm meals for the homeless in the DC community and case management to assist those in need of transportation, housing and other various needs.

N Street Village
N Street Village provides a wide range of services, including substance abuse treatment and recovery, social services, emergency shelter, childcare, medical and mental health services and affordable housing for low and moderate income families and individuals in the District of Columbia.

Thrive DC (formerly the Dinner Program for Homeless Women)
Thrive DC serves over 100,000 meals to homeless, men, women and children annually.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless provides legal representation and helps homeless individuals secure benefits, avoid eviction, access shelter or subsidized housing, and secure mental health services.

NNCF only makes grants to pre-selected organizations.

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