White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (WH OFBNP) builds partnerships between government, faith-based, neighborhood and non-profit organizations to more effectively serve individuals, families, and communities. Learn more about our the policy priorities of the Office.

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships coordinates 12 Federal Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) (Connect with Federal Centers).  Each Center forms partnerships between its agency and faith-based and neighborhood organizations to advance specific goals. For example, The Department of Veterans Affairs Center (VA) cultivates collaborative relationships with faith-based and secular organizations to expand their participation in and knowledge of programs and services available to homeless Veterans or Veterans at risk of becoming homeless. The Department of Labor (DOL) Center forms partnerships between DOL and community-based groups to better integrate those groups in job training and workforce development programs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center helps to link DHS with community-based groups to address disaster response. Similar efforts are being implemented through Centers at the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, as well as the Small Business Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service and the US Agency for International Development.

These types of partnerships between government agencies and communities are precisely the type of collaboration encouraged in Opening Doors. One of the key themes of the Federal Strategic Plan is to increase leadership, collaboration, and civic engagement to prevent and end homelessness; an initiative aligned with the mission of the OFNP and the leaders it connects.  Leaders in the faith-based and non-profit sectors educate the public and partner with local government leaders to promote volunteerism, help build capacity for social service providers, invest in local and regional programs that prevent homelessness and rapidly return people to stable housing, and are a voice for homeless population at the state level.