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DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (DHS Center) fosters partnerships between government and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to increase the nation’s resilience by creating trust and developing relationships. The DHS Center seeks to build bridges across the whole community and to help overcome coordination challenges among FBOs, emergency managers and other stakeholders engaging a broad cross-section of FBOs in all stages of the disaster cycle. The DHS Center serves as a clearinghouse for information, connecting and coordinating with FBOs allowing information to be shared in both directions, informing decision-making at DHS by elevating concerns, ground truth and local situational awareness while providing feedback, updates and guidance to the faith community.

What We Do

The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, DHS and FEMA for faith and community-based organizations related to all-hazards preparedness; emergency and disaster response and recovery; and human trafficking.

  • We seek to partner with faith and community leaders to promote whole community participation in disaster emergency response and recovery.
  • We leverage emergency management tools, experts, and resources to ensure faith leaders, houses of worship and community organizations are ready when disaster strikes.
  • We work with federal inter-agency partners to help faith and community leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities.
  • As a serving member of the DHS Blue Campaign, we support the development of anti-trafficking awareness materials and provide informational outreach to faith and community partners for the campaign.

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Contact Us

Kevin Smith
Director
202-646-3487
partnerships@fema.dhs.gov

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Send an email to partnerships@fema.dhs.gov, specifying "Sign Up" in the subject line and provide your name, title, organization, email address and phone number.

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