Community Resources: Brockton

GENERAL RESOURCES – FOOD ACCESS

  1. CFCE (Brockton Coordinated Family Community Engagement)Serves families with children from birth to 8 years old. Help to access all-inclusive services and supports to strengthen families.   joniblock@bpsma.org or 508-580-7491

  2. ONE PAGE RESOURCE (double-sided) resource page

  3. JUSTICE CENTER SOUTHEASTERN MA    For Low-income individuals, those over age 60 and Victims of crime.  Legal guidance provided for Housing, Public Benefits, Family Law/Domestic Violence, Immigration, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Consumer Debt and Services for Victims of Crime.  Intake and Referral Line: 1-800-244-9023.  Click HERE for online intake available at:

  4. PROJECT BREADCall 1-800-645-8333 for the Massachusetts hunger hotline. Can help with filling out SNAP applications

  5. H.I.P. Healthy Incentives Program Do you know about the extra money available for fruits and vegetables using your SNAP card?   Click HERE for a DTAFinder.com Tutorial to find HIP locations.

  6. Department of Transitional Assistance DTA Reopening Monday, June 28th.  DTA lobbies will be  open for self-service. Use their phones, copiers or kiosks to apply for help or manage your case.
  7. WIC & SNAP Benefits — Making the Most of Your Food and Nutrition Resources

  8. FREE SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH For ALL Kids under 18 years old- 320 Main St, Brockton

  9. APPLY FOR SNAP   For details on SNAP and Unemployment benefits in Massachusetts, click HERE

  10. SCHOOL MEAL LOCATIONS

  11. 10-TO-10 Helpline Rather than harming your partner, call the 10-to-10 Helpline at 877-898-3411 or facebook.com/helpline1010.org

  12. PANDEMIC EBT (P-EBT) Pandemic EBT is a special food benefit for families with children eligible for free or reduced price school meals.  Click HERE for frequently asked question about P-EBT

  13. FAIR FOODS Brockton location

  14. FAIR FOODS Stoughton location

  15. COMMUNITY MARKET AT STOUGHTON Food boxes contain staple food items to make healthy meals. JUL 19, AUG 9, & AUG 16, 4:00PM-6:30PM.  Register HERE as a New Shopper.

  16. NEW WIC FOODS – Effective January 2021

  17. NATIONAL GRID WIC DISCOUNT   If you are actively enrolled in our WIC Program, you are eligible for a 32% discount on your monthly utility bill through National Grid!

  18. SALVATION ARMY — Resources including: Good Neighbor Energy Fund, Food Pantry, Utility and Rent Assistance, Diapers, Clothing & Furniture Assistance Voucher, Summer Camp Wonderland slots (limited), The last week of June and the first week of July FREE keyboard and guitar lessons for youth.   508-583-1896 X303 or X301

  19. FREE MOBILE PHONE    Assurance Wireless, for low-income households, offers free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free minutes.  You may qualify if you or a member of your household participate in MassHealth, SNAP, SSI, Veterans & Survivors Pension.

  20. EARLY HEAD START STARS – Prenatal through age 3. Open to residents of Avon, Brockton, Holbrook, Randolph & Stoughton
  21. LICENSED CHILD CARE IN MA  The Department of Early Education & Care online directory.

  22. COMMUNITY SCHOOLS OF BROCKTON Summer brochure – enjoy and do share! (36 pages)

  23. INTERNET DISCOUNT  Up to $50/month for a broadband service.  Up to $100 to purchase a device from participating providers (onetime discount). 

  24. CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR 2021 FILING SEASON Families can receive up to $300 a month for every child ages 0-5 and $250 a month for every child ages 6-17 living in their household. Families do not need any earnings to qualify.  HELP IS HERE  in the form of monthly payments for families with kids! Click HERE for IRS video on Non-Filers Tool for Stimulus and $250/$300 Parent Payments

FARMERS’ MARKETS

ACT EARLY & SUPPORT SERVICES

  • MILESTONES MATTER! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
  • Family TIES of Massachusetts Resource Guide – Provides information and training for families of children with special health needs or disability (218 page guide).   

  • Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a non-profit public interest law firm whose mission is to improve access to health care for Massachusetts residents with free legal representation.  Click HERE to view real life families sharing how HLA has helped them.

  • To the moon and Back Caregiver Guide For families caring for babies and children born with in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), otherwise referred to as utero substance exposure   
     
    HAND HOLD   Is your kid just being a kid, or is their behavior something to worry about? Learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next.  Multilingual site with 5 languages   
  • Understanding Childhood Trauma — Trauma-Informed Resources for Parents and Caregivers and how you can help.  Click LINK for IRS Non-Filers Tool for Stimulus and $250/$300 Parent Payments

UNEMPLOYMENT & EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) For those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, UBER Drivers, etc.) who are unable to work as a direct result of the covid-19 public health emergency.  
  • MassHire Zoom Live Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am each week, to check in on HOT JOBS live!
  • MassHire Hot Jobs Listing for easier access to recent job openings. Review & apply for any openings.

HOUSING

  • NEIGHBORWORKS HOUSING SOLUTIONS    Homeowner and Renter Emergency Grant Assistance for RAFT, ERMA, ERAP – for those that are up to 80% AMI.  These services are for the greater Southeastern MA.  They can use the link for details or call RAFT at 781-422-4204
  • EVICTION DIVERSION CDC Eviction Moratorium is extended through June 30th.   For those facing eviction due to non-payment of rent regarding COVID19.  Are you unable to attend your virtual hearing?  508-857-0272
  • SOUTH MIDDLESEX OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL  Is the housing agency for Stoughton for Homeowner and Renter Emergency Grant Assistance for RAFT, ERMA, ERAP – for those that are up to 80% AMI.  They can use the link or call at 508-872-0765.
  • LEAD REMEDIATION   For Brockton Residents through Brockton Redevelopment Authority.  Grant assistance up to $10,000 for lead remediation per unit and $5,000 for healthy homes.  Improvements may include funding for new windows and doors, Interior and exterior painting, lead safe yards and play areas.  508-586-3887 EXT. 6

HEALTH INSURANCE, PRESCRIPTIONS & MANAGED CARE