About Us

Our mission is to cultivate opportunities, assets, and communities that support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty.

Investing in People and Their Potential

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a  non-profit organization focused on enabling and sustaining transitions out of homelessness and poverty.

Founded in 2009, CEF provides relationship-based support, workforce development, financial education, and matched savings accounts to individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in Orange and Durham Counties of North Carolina.

Our approach combines wrap-around relationship-based support with financial services that pursue equity. Our Members are connected to a supportive community of volunteers Advocates to help achieve their goals.  Members work together with Advocates to secure housing, gain employment, and build savings in order to achieve financial security and sustain transitions out of poverty.

CEF strives to create a community of support that empowers Members, creates opportunities for Advocates to grow and learn, and works through the power of collaboration and advocacy to address the systemic causes of homelessness and poverty. We are passionate about sustaining transitions out of homelessness, and leverage the combined resources of amazing volunteers, partners with a shared belief in mission, and collaborations across a wide spectrum to support each person uniquely and holistically.



CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233