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FOCUS supports families by utilizing a collaborative, strength-based approach. Once placement is made, stabilization services are put in place to support the family to maintain housing. FOCUS encompasses a temporary emergency shelter program (congregate and scattered site apartments) and a stabilization program. Our shelter program sites are located throughout Bristol County. These sites are funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Additionally, FOCUS includes the HomeBASE program which is administered in conjunction with South Shore Housing Development Corporation (SSHDC) and funded by DHCD.
SHELTER CASE MANAGEMENT AND STABILIZATION: We coordinate school placement, day care, medical needs, mental health resources, education and job training referrals, CORI assistance, credit, legal, budgeting and life skills.
HOUSING PLACEMENT: We develop re-housing plans by providing education and job training referrals, landlord/tenant mediation advocacy for families at housing court and transportation specifically for housing search related appointments.
DIVERSION AND PREVENTION: Assist eligible families to remain stably housed or secure affordable housing to divert families from entering the shelter system. We assist Emergency Assistance (EA) families with available prevention services and resources to increase stabilization.
HOMEBASE PROGRAM: We offer time-limited assistance designed to provide alternative solutions to families who are DHCD Emergency Assistance Eligible and at serious risk of homelessness. The type of assistance is based on the individual needs of a family, which will be determined through an assessment. SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., workforce development and FOCUS with funding provided by South Shore Housing Development Corporation via DHCD and the Fireman's Foundation are operating a workforce development initiative assisting HomeBASE families obtain and sustain jobs.