To be the leading solution focus resource in building strong, sustainable families and communities through family support services, innovative training, community capacity building, economic development and social enterprise.


Collaborating with youth, families and organizations for solutions that transform their communities.

Founded in 1996, Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC), formerly known as Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative (CH/SFSC), is a community-based organization.

Although CSC has historically focused on services to its namesake communities (Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods), in recent years, we have expanded to meet the identified needs of neighborhoods and residents throughout the District of Columbia. Additionally, CSC provides technical assistance and training to local and national nonprofit community organizations.

Our Work

We provide direct services to families and help build the capacity of the target communities of Columbia Heights and Shaw, as well as, other neighborhoods across Washington, D.C. Our direct services are bilingual (Spanish/English) and include:

Family Services

Connecting families living in Wards 1 and 2 to the resources and support systems they need to preserve and maintain stable and healthy families. Read More…

Violence Prevention

Reducing youth violence and violent crime by engaging high-risk youth (ages 14-24) and their families. Read More… 

Workforce Development

Empowering returning citizens, and those who are currently unemployed or underemployed through groundbreaking training. Read More…

Moreover, we also work to build the capacity of our nonprofit and agency partner organizations through:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Training
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

Diversity Statement

Collaborative Solutions for Communities understands, respects, and recognizes that our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As part of a global community, we believe that culturally diverse teams produce environments and ideas that lead to creative and effective outcomes. By encouraging a diverse climate, we also embrace broad perspectives that can change our communities for the better.

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.

Nelson Mandela