Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center!

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is a part of the City of Dallas under the Office of Community Care, located in the historic district of Fair Park in South Dallas. 

MLK Statue (large)

The 10.5-acre campus is home to five free-standing buildings, including the Administration building (A), the Foremost Family Health Center (B)the MLK Branch Library (C), the MLK ChildCareGroup (D), and the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center/Senior Citizen Center (E).

Each of the 5 buildings on campus provides a variety of services to more than 300,000 Dallas citizens a year, meeting the original 1966 goal of a comprehensive multi-service community center. 

In addition to providing services, many civic, social, educational, fraternal, and community groups have access to space for programs, meetings, and special events on-site. 

Download our brochure! 2023 MLK Brochure (ENG) 2023 MLK Brochure (SPAN)

View our On-Site Agencies

Rental and Utility Assistance

If you are interested in Rental or Utilities Assistance through the City of Dallas Office of Community Care, Social Services program, you may call our appointment line at 214-670-8416 to speak with a caseworker, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The City of Dallas Social Services program is not able to assist people who live outside of City of Dallas’ city limits with Rental Assistance.

For questions, visit: https://dallascityhall.com/departments/community-care/Pages/Short-Term-Rental-Assistance.aspx

MLK Social Services Information  

2022 NDSM Emergency Assistance Guide (Download)

Meeting and Event Space

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has meeting space available inside of Building A for individuals and organizations. There is also space available in the MLK Branch Library and the MLK Recreation Center for meetings and events. Reservations can be made one month in advance by calling 214-670-8418 or by completing one of the reservation forms at the link below.



The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is closed today!

Thursday, February 2, 2023.

We will resume regular business hours on Friday, February 3, 2023.

2023 “Taste of Soul” Soul Food Cook-Off

Saturday, February 25, 2023 @ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2023 Black History Month Student Art Display

Visit the MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center

South Dallas Legal Clinic

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Registration begins at 3pm.


There are many ways to give back to the community!

Throughout the year, we distribute free snack packs, hygiene kits, clothing, and more to residents in the surrounding communities. All items are donation-based and provided to us from local organizations or individuals.

Click here to see how you can help support our mission to serve the community!

Volunteers help make the difference!

We are always in need of extra hands during events and there are many opportunities throughout the year for individuals and organizations to volunteer. 

Click here to see how you can help!

Community Announcements

City of Dallas PAD Program @ MLK

The City of Dallas is making free period products, including pads and tampons, available in many of its public facilities, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, through an initiative called Period Access Dallas, or P.A.D.

If you are unable to afford period products you can visit us to receive a free, one month’s supply of products.

In addition to receiving free period products, you can also get free underwear, bras, and wipes, provided to us by our community partners and supporters. Special thanks to Reliant NRG, Deborah Sutton, Rose Wright, and others for your contribution and enhancement of the PAD Program.

For more information about the PAD Program, visit bit.ly/OCCPAD.

Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (April 3rd, 1968)