Chicanos Por La Causa

Chicanos Por La Causa , Inc. (CPLC) was founded in 1969 to confront oppression facing Latinos in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez, who undertook a fast at their original headquarters. Since then, they have become one of the largest Hispanic nonprofits in the country, promoting stronger and healthier communities throughout the southwestern United States. They provide direct services impacting more than 306,000 individuals annually in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Their vibrant community presence spans a comprehensive range of bilingual and bi-cultural services in Health & Human Services, Housing, Education, and Economic Development. As one of the largest community development corporations in Arizona, they are focused on individuals and families with low to moderate income levels and complement our services with cultural and linguistic competencies.

Services They Provide:

Basic Needs Services

  • Housing Resources

  • Domestic Violence

  • Medical Assistance

  • Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse

  • Parenting Assistance

  • Immigration Services

Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services

  • Economic Development


Health & Human Services

Behavioral Health
CPLC offers a wide range of behavioral health services through three programs: Centro De La Familia, housed at our Maryvale Community Service Center; Centro Esperanza in Mesa; and Friendship, located at our headquarters in Phoenix.

  • Centro De La Familia
    Housed at our Maryvale Community Service Center. Centro De La Familia provides outpatient behavioral health services for families and individuals of all ages. The program offers counseling and therapy services to those living with serious mental illness, general mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. These issues can be related to depression, anxiety, relationships, loss, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and trauma from sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse. Outpatient services offer flexible office hours and home-based services for children and their families, public transit accessibility, therapy in English and Spanish, and professional staff who utilize best practice models for treatment.

  • Centro Esperanza
    Located in Mesa, Centro Esperanza offers specialized services for SMI populations focusing on case management and psychiatric services.

  • Friendship
    Friendship’s community-based Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for SMI adults provides intensive services following, or to prevent, a psychiatric hospitalization. We offer coordinated care with other community providers for long-term integrated psychiatric and substance abuse treatment as well as crisis prevention and medication management. Our services include both 1:1 and Group Counseling and serve both SMI Title 19 and non-19 populations. We provide transportation and two full meals per day catered by STAR. CPLC Friendship, CMHC is the only certified Medicare IOP program in Arizona and accepts most insurance plans.

Domestic Violence
CPLC De Colores opened its doors in 1986 out of community-identified need for a domestic violence shelter that would provide an environment that was culturally and linguistically appropriate for monolingual Spanish speaking women and their children, many of whom are isolated from their families and traditional networks of support. The shelter, located in south central Phoenix, serves an average of 500-600 clients a year recovering from abuse and ready to start a life free of violence. The mission of De Colores is to provide a safe and secure environment where victims of domestic violence can recover from the devastating effects of abuse as they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of violence. CPLC De Colores also provides community-based and follow up services to survivors and their children.

  • Crisis Programs
    Provide immediate safety and security for families from domestic violence, along with assigned supportive staff that offer family support counseling, case management, and lay legal advocacy.

  • Housing and Advocacy Intervention
    Supportive housing enabling families an opportunity to begin a violent-free, self-sufficient life; serves survivors of violence or stalking who are unable to obtain stable housing because of abuse.

  • Youth Programs
    Prevention education, support and positive interaction for children living in the shelter and in the community who have been affected by domestic violence.

  • Community-Based Programs
    Counseling and case management services to victims of domestic violence in the community, as well as after-care/follow up services to families leaving the De Colores Domestic Violence shelter.

HIV Services
CPLC LUCES (Latinos Unidos Contra el Sida/ Latinos United Against AIDS) provides HIV prevention education and supportive services to people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

  • Medical and Supportive Case Management
    Providing or coordinating access to primary medical care, dental care, medication adherence, nutrition, home health care, legal services, transportation services, mental health care, substance abuse services, psychosocial support services, housing, emergency financial assistance, and food boxes.

  • Mental Health
    Psychological and psychiatric treatment and counseling services including Spanish-language support groups and counseling.

  • Substance Abuse
    Treatment and counseling to address substance abuse issues including alcohol, prescription drug abuse, and illegal drug abuse.

  • Psychosocial Support
    A peer support group in which an HIV positive individual is able to obtain peer support from other HIV positive individuals and a behavioral health tech on a weekly basis.

  • HIV Testing/Counseling
    Provided in partnership with Terros. Free testing is offered by referral and appointment only.

Family Immigration Services has been accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals since 1980. Our goal is to reunite families that have been divided by international borders. Our program offers a broad range of services designed to fit the needs of every family or individual going through the immigration process. Individual consultations are offered in person from Monday – Thursday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Closed on Fridays. No appointment is necessary. Call or email for general information about our program and the services we provide. We do not offer consultations over the phone.

Parenting Education
CPLC Parenting Arizona and CPLC Parenting Nevada provide family support services statewide through prevention, intervention and treatment programs. These services promote strong families by empowering parents to thrive, thereby creating communities where parents have the skills to raise healthy and successful children.

  • Home Visitation
    As a child’s first and most important teacher, parents receive the tools and techniques they need to help their children through our Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers curricula and monthly visits.

  • Parenting Classes
    Parent Education classes are made available to parents, grandparents and caregivers in various communities throughout Arizona.

  • Family Resource Centers
    Parents of children in Coconino and Maricopa County are provided and connected to various parent education programs and community resources in either a school or community setting.

  • Parent Aide Services
    CPLC Parenting Arizona provides transport services and supervision to foster children to and from court mandated family visits.

  • Building Resilient Families
    Through the Department of Child Safety, CPLC Parenting Arizona provides and connects at risk families to parent education, life skills training, and community resources.

  • School Information
    Introduces parents of young children to various nearby school options to help them make informed decisions.

Substance Abuse
CPLC Corazón is a client-centered, multicultural center with bilingual staff offering a variety of treatment modalities. We have been providing Substance Abuse treatment through our CARF Accredited Level II Residential Treatment Center since 1983. The 30- to 60-day structured treatment program incorporates best practices targeted to the clients enrolled in the program. CPLC Corazón features a range of substance abuse services, including group, individual, family, and couples therapy, in addition to nightly community 12-step support groups. Our 65-bed, ADA accessible residential facility provides all meals, an on-site laundry facility free of charge, a basketball court, and a garden. We offer holistic health techniques including yoga, tai chi, chi gong, and sweat lodge.

  • Hospital Step Down Program
    CPLC’s step-down services were established to help clients transition from the hospital to permanent and stable housing. We serve both men and women in this program, who are connected with an SMI outpatient site. Our goal is for each client to transition out of the step-down facility within 7-10 days. We work aggressively with PNOs, QSPs and CMs to ensure that the maximum stay does not exceed 14 days.


Single-Family Housing
CPLC builds, sells, and manages affordable and market-rate assets, including modular housing, townhomes, condos, and new construction. In 2016, CPLC built 39 single-family homes.

Multi-Family Housing
CPLC provides leasing and property management services for senior, project-based, affordable, and market-rate multifamily housing. CPLC currently manages 2,406 multifamily rental units.

Housing Counseling
CPLC is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved counseling agency with more than thirty years of experience. CPLC provides housing counseling services designed to help individuals and families acquire relevant information needed to make sound decisions, identify affordable housing options, and maintain stability.

  • Assistance
    For clients experiencing a variety of housing issues including landlord-tenant conflicts, mortgage delinquency, pending foreclosure, and incidents of fraud.

  • Information
    Through Homebuyer Education classes concerning the opportunities and responsibilities inherent in pre and post home purchases.

  • Counseling
    Including financial assessment, development of an individualized financial action plan, and pre-purchase counseling to prepare families for homeownership. These counseling services act as a pre-requisite for a family to obtain a cost-effective mortgage loan, decrease the risk of foreclosure, and increase the ability to successfully purchase a home.

Rural Housing
The program is targeted to families who are unable to purchase a home through conventional methods and has helped more than 250 families build and own their own homes. Families participating in a mutual self-help project perform approximately 65% of construction labor on each other's homes under qualified supervision. Working on weekends, they perform tasks such as wall framing, installing trusses, sheetrock, installing doors and windows and flooring, insulation, painting, siding, cabinets, and countertops. The savings from the reduction in labor costs allows otherwise ineligible families to own their homes. If families cannot meet their mortgage payments during the construction phase, the funds for these payments can be subsidized.

CPLC's Housing-First program help's individuals experiencing homelessness help themselves. The Housing First program is grounded on the principle that permanent, stable housing is the foundation for success. It puts individuals experiencing homelessness into subsidized housing with no strings attached, and it provides additional resources which clients can choose to utilize when they are ready.


Early Childhood Development
CPLC's Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs are committed to giving every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and life.

  • Early Head Start
    Provides full-day, full-year early childhood development services to low income children, ages 0-3 years, and their families in educationally-stimulating learning environments.

  • Migrant & Seasonal Head Start
    Provides full-day, full-year program services to children, ages 0-5 years, of migrant and seasonal farm and agriculture working families where hand-picked and row crops are prevalent.

Youth Enrichment
CPLC’s Youth Enrichment programs provide a safe and supportive environment to help youth succeed in school, college, and career. We engage youth of all ages with tutoring; homework help; hands-on STEM activities; sports and recreation; nutrition and health education; arts and culture activities; and character development. Teen participants gain leadership experience by leading self-directed service projects that demonstrate how their actions—positive or negative—can have lasting impact on their communities. Our programs serve low-income neighborhoods experiencing high rates of crime, failing schools, and low rates of educational attainment.

Housed at the CPLC Community Center, these programs provide necessary resources to more than 350 students on their path to achieving a high school diploma and transitioning to college.

Services include:

  • Nutrition and health education

  • Arts and culture activities

  • Character Development

  • After-school and summer tutoring

  • After-school and summer leadership programs

  • STEM summer camps and activities

  • Sports and recreation

CPLC Scholarships empower future community leaders and innovators committed to improving Arizona communities. Our program provides financial assistance and ongoing supportive services to outstanding Latino students attending Arizona colleges and universities. CPLC Scholars have a demonstrated commitment to making positive changes to their communities and their selected fields of study. The program is especially dedicated to serving those students with limited access to financial resources, such as Dreamers who qualify for DACA status.

Adult Education
CPLC's Adult Education services provide access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training, and transitioning to post-secondary education. Adult learners will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully function at work, community, and society.

Services include:

  • Adult Basic Education

  • Adult Secondary Education (GED)

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Computer Skills

And linkage to other CPLC Workforce Development services that connect adults to high-quality careers with opportunities for growth.

Economic Development

Small Business Lending
CPLC has been lending to small business since 1980. High demand for this service led CPLC to formalize their lending activities in 2000 and create a wholly owned subsidiary.

  • CPLC Prestamos CDFI
    Prestamos' mission is to build stronger communities by providing access to affordable capital through non-traditional small business financing resources in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Prestamos is committed to addressing the lack of access to affordable capital and provides economic opportunities for small and emerging small businesses to start and grow. Prestamos loan products are designed to address common barriers to capital such as: lack of collateral, credit blemishes, insufficient equity and or cash flow. In addition, Prestamos provides technical support to its clients.