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East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. (ERFSC) was established in 1996 and is one of seven neighborhood based collaboratives in the District of Columbia participating in the Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. This program, spearheaded by the DC Child and Family Services Agency, received its planning grant in April 1996 and its implementation grant in August 1997.

ERFSC is also an expansion of the Child Welfare Working Group of the Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI) spearheaded by Marshall Heights Community Development Organization. RCI embodies a system reform agenda for which the central goal is the improved and sustained well being of children and families.

ERFSC includes a broad array of community organizations, governmental entities, service providers and residents, all of whom bring their expertise and commitment to this effort. ERFSC has formalized agreements with a number of service providers in Ward 7 and throughout the city. They represent private landlords, public housing, mental health, health, cultural arts, social services and various other organizations and associations.

ERFSC has operated as an independent stand-alone organization since October 2000. This organization evolved out of a seven (7) year old Child Welfare Initiative funded by the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency and the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 1996. For the first five (5) years of its inception, the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc. (MHCDO) provided fiscal agency responsibilities. In October 2000, ERFSC received its 501©3 to serve as an independent non-profit agency.


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East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. (ERFSC)
3917 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019
Phone:202-397-7300; Fax:202-397-7882
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