Family and Housing


Family & Housing Services

Families – in whatever form they take – are the fundamental building blocks of any community. The Community Place helps all families, including those that lack the material or educational resources necessary to break the cycle of poverty, crime and social injustice. Programs and services include:

  • Family Services
  • Homeless Project
  • Reinvestment in Youth
  • Life Management Solutions

Family Services

Family Services, located at the Parsells Avenue and the Central Park sites, assists individuals and families to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and health. A variety of services are provided including advocacy, case management, counseling and referrals, home management skill-building, financial workshops and training. Specific assistance includes: food, rent/mortgage assistance, day bus pass, personal items, and prescription fulfillment.

During the holiday season families in need are provided food baskets and toys. Additionally, Family Services Unit receives donations from corporations, individuals, and organizations on behalf of low-income and underserviced families, and redistributes the goods as need is established.

Among eligibility requirements are: residents living in the following zip codes – 14605 (partial), 14607, 14609, 14610 (partial), and 14621; household income of 185% of the poverty level or less; and established need and evidence that resources will address the immediate need. Persons in need who do not live in the aforementioned service areas are referred within the Emergency Services and family Stabilization Network Agency in their area. Member agencies include Baden Street Settlement House, Catholic Family Center, Charles Settlement House, IBERO, South West Area Network, and Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation (MCLAC).
Other community-wide services include: community health fairs and annual opportunities for meeting local political candidates.

For additional information please contact CPGR’s Family Service Unit at 585-288-0021.

Homeless Project

The Homeless Project program focuses on providing services to individuals and families who have been homeless or “at risk” of becoming homeless with support services to help them stabilize into affordable, safe, permanent housing. The goal is to reduce incidence of homelessness or relocation that negatively impacts school performance and neighborhood stability.

For additional information please contact CPGR’s Family Service Unit at 585-288-0021.

Reinvestment in Youth

This Youth Alternative to Incarceration program is coordinated by Hillside. The goal for a Community Asset Navigator, based out of CPGR, is to stabilize the youth and family by connecting them to resources in the area. We build sustainable support for the youth and families to assist them beyond the time the youth is in the Reinvestment in Youth Program.

For additional information contact the Community Asset Navigators at 585-327-7200.

Family Support Partner

Across Monroe County there continues to be an effort to look for ways to better engage youth and families in service design and delivery. A critical element to successfully keeping youth out of detention and participating in programs and services to prevent further penetration in the juvenile justice system is engagement with and empowering families/guardians to actively participate in the juvenile justice system on behalf of their child. CPGR’s Family Support Partner program provides individual support and education to families going through the juvenile justice system with their child and work closely with the ATD Team to ensure that families understand the proceedings and become active partners in planning for their child. The Family Support Partner will be familiar with all aspects of the juvenile justice system and be able to assist the family to advocate for their best interests. The Family Support Partner will also focus on making sure parents get to court for all court dates, training and informing parents about alternatives to detention programs, assisting them in advocating for their child, and working with families during social investigations to prepare them for possible dispositional outcomes. The Family Support Partner will engage families and facilitate community resources/linkages for petitioned PINS and pre-adjudicated JD youth.