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Freddie Mac Foundation Invests Nearly $5.5 Million in Programs That Enrich the Lives of Vulnerable Children and Families.

2005 Giving Focused on Improving Lives of Washington, DC Metro Families and Communities

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In recent giving, the Freddie Mac Foundation continued to strengthen communities by awarding nearly $5.5 million in grants to organizations whose innovative programs help better the lives of children and families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

"We remain very committed to strengthening families and communities," said Maxine B. Baker, president and CEO, Freddie Mac Foundation. "Making a difference in and giving back to the Washington, DC area is especially important to us -- this is our community and we are proud to play an important role in making it a better place for children to grow and families to thrive."

The Foundation, which is dedicated to opening the doors to hope and opportunity for children and their families, approved 82 grants during the first six months of 2005. Last year, the Foundation invested more than $28 million in organizations working to strengthen families by preventing child abuse and neglect, finding adoptive homes for foster children, and helping youth reach their full potential.

A majority of the recent grants improve the lives of children in the District of Columbia and neighboring areas. In the District of Columbia, organizations receiving grants included:
 * Children's Law Center, Inc. received $90,000 to support caregivers of
 children in the D.C. foster care system who are seeking adoption and

 * DC Action for Children, which received $50,000 to heighten awareness of
 issues facing children in the District of Columbia through public
 awareness, education and collaboration.

 * Latin American Youth Center, which received $100,000 to support the
 agency's network of housing programs and services for abused, neglected
 and homeless youth in the Washington metropolitan area.

 * The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which received
 $20,000 to support the Greater Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative,
 including youth-to-youth grants, youth development/leadership training
 and program administration.

In Maryland, several organizations received funding for their programs, including:
 * National Center for Children and Families, which received $50,000 to
 provide families who are at risk for recurrent homelessness in
 Montgomery County, MD with supportive services that help them achieve
 stability while they transition to permanent housing in the community
 and $500,000 to provide academic enrichment activities and support
 services that enhance the lives of students and their families at the
 J.C. Nalle Community School located in the District of Columbia. J.C.
 Nalle is a signature program for the Foundation.

 * Crossway Community, which received $50,000 to provide services to low-
 income families headed by women with small children in the Washington
 metropolitan area. The organization helps these families reach self-
 sufficiency through quality child care and a focus on health, safety,
 economic literacy and family living skills.

 * St. Stephens Economic Development Corporation, which received $30,000 to
 coordinate activities for children and families in Howard County, MD
 that promote academic achievement for students and parenting skills for

 * Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George's County, Inc.,
 which received $20,000 to support volunteers who advocate for the best
 interests and permanent placement of foster children in Prince George's
 County, MD.

 Among the grantees in Virginia were:

 * Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, which received $40,000
 to support a parent education program, public education program and the
 Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Northern Virginia.

 * Center for Multicultural Human Services, which received $50,000 to
 provide culturally appropriate mental health services and parenting
 classes in the Washington metropolitan area for limited English-speaking
 families that experience family violence and $550,000 to provide
 homeless families who are language and cultural minorities with
 transitional housing and support services that prepare them to move to
 more permanent and affordable housing in Fairfax County, VA.

 * Northern Virginia Family Service, which received $50,000 to support the
 ongoing operations of Healthy Families Prince William, an intensive home
 visiting program for first-time parents at risk for child abuse or
 neglect or other poor childhood outcomes.

 * Voices for Virginia's Children, which received $62,000 to support a
 foster care and adoption policy analyst focused on raising public
 awareness and improving outcomes for children in Virginia's foster care

For a full list of grants made during the first half of 2005, visit

Created by Freddie Mac in 1991, the Freddie Mac Foundation is dedicated to opening the doors to hope and opportunity for children and their families. As one of the largest corporate funders in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have invested nearly $250 million in organizations serving the community.

CONTACT: Shawn Flaherty, +1-703-903-4384, or Patricia Fuentes, +1-703-903-3504, both of Freddie Mac

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