The Brockton Housing Resource Center
The Brockton development will include a day center with supportive services and programs, an emergency shelter with 128 beds, and 32 units of permanent supportive housing. The project broke ground in Spring 2023 and is expected to open in 2024.
To learn more and/or to support our Housing Resource Center campaign, contact Chief Development Officer Catie Reilly at email@example.com and 508-427-6448 x2235.
What is the Housing Resource Center?
The Housing Resource Center service-delivery model will transform the way FBMS serves individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness and our most vulnerable neighbors will have access to reliable, safe facilities and services during the day.
While we remain committed to providing emergency shelter for anyone in need, we view shelter as a last response. The Housing Resource Center is a more cost-effective solution, and will achieve better, lasting outcomes for the people we serve.
Our goal is to engage with individuals early on and provide them with the personalized, targeted support they need, thus reducing length of stay in shelter, or avoiding it altogether. This will reduce costs related to emergency systems of care.
Our wraparound supports will produce better outcomes for those we serve, helping address several major social determinants of health: Housing, Nutrition, and Income.
An Innovative Space
Our Housing Resource Center model has three major components that will support people where they need help:
Increase community access to comprehensive and proactive supports. By rapidly getting people connected to the resources they need, we increase the possibility of stability and sustained success. Those utilizing day services can access housing supports, health care, technology, meals, showers, laundry, day lockers, and connections to partner resources, including behavioral health, addiction, and recovery support.
Continue to meet the basic needs of the community’s most vulnerable, offering easy access to services that pave a path to stability. Two dorms with showers and laundry facilities will provide those experiencing homelessness a warm, safe place to sleep. The close proximity to day services will allow guests to access health care, employment, and other assistance during and after their stay.
Invest in the most cost-effective, compassionate, and long-term solution. Our efficiency apartments are designated for individuals experiencing homelessness who have barriers to successfully accessing and maintaining mainstream housing. For as long as they need, residents will have a safe place to live and will receive case management and wraparound supports to help them address the issues that led to their homelessness and remain stably housed.
In Brockton, the Housing Resource Center aims to address the significant disparities in Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino individuals experiencing homelessness as compared to the general population, and is even more pronounced in Brockton. In 2021, across our region:
26% of individuals experiencing homelessness were Black (37% in Brockton) – they make up only 9% of the region’s general population, 17% of the population living in deep poverty, but more than a quarter of individuals experiencing homelessness
9% of individuals experiencing homelessness were Hispanic/Latino (15% in Brockton) – they make up only 4% of the region’s general population, and 8% living in deep poverty.
The Housing Resource Center aims to improve equitable access to housing through coordinated entry, a process designed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their needs.FBMS is committed to improving assessment tools and training staff to ensure access to housing opportunities is equitable across all races/ethnicities and reflective of the greater population.