Please have your clients call 1-800-Homeless (1-800-466-3537) also known as The CALL (Coordinated Access to Local Links) and they can complete an intake with Catholic Social Services under a grant from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You can no longer refer directly to shelters or to permanent housing programs; clients must go through the Coordinated Entry process required by HUD.
Continuum of Care Documents
Community Counseling of Bristol County is the Collaborative Applicant for the Greater Bristol County/Attleboro/Taunton Coalition to End Homelessness (GBCATCH) also known as the MA-519 Continuum of Care (CoC). The GBCATCH Application Committee has published the CoC Funding Decisions for the HUD Application for FY 2018 CoC Program. Also available for review is the MA-519 CoC Priority Listing and a draft of the Consolidated Application to be submitted. Below please find the link to those documents and other relevant CoC information.
If you have any input or questions please contact:
Ellen Bruder-Moore Abramowitz, MBA
Vice President, Housing and Community Initiatives
Community Counseling of Bristol County
1 Washington Street
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-6604 fax
To choose where you live, how it is furnished, with whom you share it - why should mental illness deprive anyone of these basic rights?
CCBC offers Supported Housing Services through six programs that seek to assist in the recovery of persons struggling with serious mental illness and/or addiction who have become homeless. Each program provides housing, care coordination, and integrated mental health/substance abuse treatment.
- Daily living skills
- Leisure time programming
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medication monitoring
- Entitlement procurement
- On-site crisis management
- Coordination of medical/psychiatric services
- Rent subsidy
- Assistance in furnishing
- Help in finding an apartment
Isn't that nice when you realize you can change but you need help... I'm back to being the man my mother would want me to be.
- Teddy, a CCBC client
One of the biggest gifts in recovery for me is having my family back in my life.
- Jeffrey, a CCBC client
CCBC's residential services seek to provide each client with a supportive environment that enables them to achieve stability and empowers them to renew pursuit of individual life goals. Our treatment approach stresses the ongoing process of recovery from both substance abuse and mental health issues.
Support services are individualized and detailed in a plan developed jointly by the client and program staff. In addition to staff support, there is a peer network in which clients help others in the program by utilizing their unique skills and resources. Residential services are integrated with other services provided by CCBC and other community providers. CCBC also provides financial assistance through rent subsidies and assistance with the purchase of furniture and household supplies.
Major goals for program clients typically include:
- Obtaining and retaining permanent housing
- Increasing vocational, functional, and social skills
- Increasing income
- Achieving greater self-determination
The main components of CCBC’s Supportive Housing Program include:
CSPECH Program (Community Support Program for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness Program) is a permanent housing program in Taunton for persons who are chronically homeless and are on MBHP for their health insurance. Many of the individuals referred to the CSPECH program have also been diagnosed with mental health and/or substance abuse disabilities. The program provides case management and permanent housing for up to 8 individuals.
New Horizons (office at CSPECH Program) serves 24 individuals with a history of homelessness in a permanent supported housing program. New Horizons provides two types of housing: a shared housing model in Taunton (19 Church Street) with three 2-bedroom apartments in which residents have their own bedroom but share the bathroom, living room and kitchen. This is a site-based project for individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues who have been homeless. Additionally, the project provides 18 subsidies to individuals who live in apartments in the Greater Attleboro and Taunton area leased by Community Counseling of Bristol County (CCBC) jointly with the client. The program provides outreach and case management services. Case Management staff work with residents during the daytime hours and by pager after hours.
Welcome Home II,
Welcome Home II serves 6 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness, a minimum of three will also be veterans and Moving Forward serves 4 individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness in permanent supported housing programs. Both of these projects offer subsidies to individuals who live in apartments in the Greater Attleboro and Taunton area leased by CCBC jointly with the client. The programs provide outreach and case management services.
Homes With Heart
Homes With Heart is a shared program with the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative serves 14 individuals with a history of chronic homelessness and a documented disability which may be psychiatric, physical, or a co-occurring disorder. The program leases scattered site apartments in the Greater Attleboro area that are accessible by public transportation. Homes With Heart provides housing first, and then will offer services and treatment to people in their homes or, if the client is able, at a local provider organization. A 1.0 FTE case manager and .50 FTE outreach worker will provide home-based services utilizing a flexible support case management program.
Dr. Robert Smith House
Dr. Robert Smith Supportive Case Management Housing Program is a house which provides supportive case management and transitional housing services in a safe, stable living environment for up to 24 months for 12 adult men with a history of a substance use disorder. The program focuses on relapse prevention while supporting individuals to develop employment and long-term skills to live successfully in the community.
Supportive Housing services help the individual with daily living skills, leisure time programming, budgeting, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, entitlement procurement, on-site crisis management, coordination of medical/psychiatric services, rent subsidies, assistance with finding and furnishing an apartment.
New Horizons/Welcome Home II/Homes With Heart/Moving Forward: must meet the HUD criteria for homelessness/chronic homelessness; Dr. Robert Smith House: must meet DPH admission criteria; have 30 days of sobriety and the ability to pay weekly program fee.