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Who We Are: The Homeless Families Foundation’s (HFF) mission is to educate and nurture children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency. HFF was founded in 1986 with the belief that it was unacceptable for any child to be homeless. That belief continues to fuel our conviction. We believe all children in our community should have a home and the key to ending homelessness is a stable family. At the very core, HFF serves children and their families living in poverty, helping them to secure housing and resources to stabilize their lives.

What We Do: Annually, HFF empowers nearly 300 struggling families and expectant mothers to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency through a variety of housing and prevention programs. The HFF Dowd Education Center provides both education and intervention to 120 K-8th students from the Franklinton community through its after-school/summer programs and for 130 preschoolers throughout Franklin County, Parent Partners provide monthly home visits, working with parents to become their child’s first teacher. HFF’s services help to empower families to provide a self-sufficient, stable home for their children, who in turn are equipped to participate in their own education and, ultimately, succeed in life.

Why We're Important: The great equalizer in society is a good education. The great resilience builder in life is hope. We believe in creating a hopeful, nurturing environment for families and children where they are engaged in year-round education, housing assistance and supportive services. HFF is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families from Central Ohio who are living in poverty and crisis by fostering independence.

How We Impact the Community: Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 2 million children. Last year, 1,181 families, including 2,652 children, were homeless in Columbus/Franklin County. HFF consistently works to educate children and empower families on the road to self-sufficiency, annually influencing the lives of over 800 children and nearly 300 families.

How You Can Help: Every day that we fail to end homelessness is another day that real families and children are living without a home. We must act now with purposeful action to break this cycle. With your help, HFF will continue to provide the right intervention, to each family and child, at the right level of intensity. To see the many ways you can help, go to There, you can join the Hope Society with a one-time cash gift, become a Champion of Hope by making monthly donations,or see the In-Kind items we need.

Connect with The Homeless Families Foundation

33 North Grubb Street

Columbus, OH 43215

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Executive Director: Beth Fetzer-Rice, MSW, LISW-S



Development Director: Donna Powell



Board Chair: Craig Rhoades, Chief Procurement Officer, VP, Supply Chain & Fleet Operations, American Electric Power

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