Community Resources: Brockton

GENERAL RESOURCES – FOOD ACCESS

  1. FOSTER YOUTH FUNDINGDEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.  Former Foster Youth age 23-26 that were in care on their 19th birthday.  Contact Adrienne at Judge Baker Children’s Center 857-285-4121

  2. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Online classes using smartphones and other devices.  Serves adult immigrants and others in society who have been marginalized. ESOL training is for those who have recently arrived in the U. S. and need better language and social interaction skills to obtain employment and to live successfully in this country.

  3. 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. Click HERE for an overview.   joniblock@bpsma.org or 508-580-7491

  4. SELF HELP CFCE  Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) program provides free educational activities, workshops, information, and resources for children and families from birth to age 8 to help strengthen families!  Serve 23 towns, including: Abington, Avon, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Whitman.  mdavidson@selfhelpinc.org or 508-559-1666 x3 OR x1810

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

  6. 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:

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

  8. 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.

  9. WIC & SNAP Benefits — Making the Most of Your Food and Nutrition Resources

  10. GLOBE SANTA 2021 — September through October 2021 DTA Holiday Gift Verification Forms are sent to families with children 12 years old or younger within the Globe Santa delivery zone.  Click HERE for Spanish flier.  November 5, 2021 is the Absolute deadline to mail family letters and DTA verification form to Globe Santa

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

  12. SCHOOL MEAL LOCATIONS

  13. 10-TO-10 Helpline Rather than harming your partner, call the 10-to-10 Helpline at 877-898-3411 or facebook.com/helpline1010.org

  14. 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

  15. FAIR FOODS Brockton location

  16. FAIR FOODS Stoughton — Every other Wednesday from 3:30-5:30. Upcoming dates September 22,  October 6 and October 20.

  17. COMMUNITY MARKET AT STOUGHTON  Registration is required. Pick-up time slots are offered Mondays 8am-6pm Tuesdays- Thursdays 8am- 4pm — Except for the following holidays: Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day.   Register HERE as a New Shopper.  

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. CLOTHING RESOURCE – Bethesda House Boutique Kingston Collection

  21. AMERICAN CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICES (ACCS) A Non-Profit Free Consumer Credit Counseling Service that offers credit resource on Budgeting Assistance, Credit Card Troubles, Chat Live with a Counselor, Financial Education, Credit Report Information and Education Seminars.  Toll Free (800) 729-0551 — Fax: (508) 695-0148, email: info@accs.org or U.S. mail: 4 Taunton Street, Suite 5, Plainville, MA 02762

  22. 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.

  23. EARLY HEAD START STARS – Prenatal through age 3. Open to residents of Avon, Brockton, Holbrook, Randolph & Stoughton

  24. LICENSED CHILD CARE IN MA  The Department of Early Education & Care online directory.

  25. CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES – Helpful information and links compiled by Greater Boston Legal Services.  Explains who qualifies and how to get a subsidy.   Click HERE for EEC Child Care Income Table.  Click HERE for Child Care Waitlist Application.  Click HERE for Instructions for Child Care Waitlist. Fax inquiry to Cynthia, Waitlist Specialist at 508-984-3559 OR Email: cdiaz@paceccw.org OR call Cynthia at 508-999-930 X118

  26. INTERNET DISCOUNT  Low-cost, high-speed Internet at home — $9.95 Per Month + Tax.  No Credit Check, No Term Contract, No Cancellation Fees, Up to 50 Mbps. 

  27. 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

  28. MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT For 13-19 year old students who seems to be struggling with their mental health.   FREE SERVICES provided onsite at Brockton Public School, the family’s home, and/or community.

  29. WIC CARD TO CULTURE — The Mass Cultural Council has partnered with WIC to offer free or discounted admissions to over 100 of the Commonwealth’s museums and cultural institutions!

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

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

        HELPFUL HOUSING RESOURCES

  1. Regional Housing Agencies — contact information for a regional agency and income-limits for the programs
  2. Eviction Diversion Program
  3. Local Community Mediation Center
  4. Community Mediation Programs
  5. COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

HEALTH INSURANCE, PRESCRIPTIONS & MANAGED CARE