Young Adults

YOUNG ADULTS AGES 18-24

YOUNG ADULTS AGES 18-24

Who Are We Talking About?

Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people age 24 and under who are not in the care of a parent or guardian and who lack safe, stable housing.

Are you between the ages of 18 and 24 and need shelter and/or food and/or housing?  The South Shore has a Youth Services Program that can help! 

The Youth Services Program is a partnership between Father Bill’s & MainSpring and Old Colony YMCA Safe Corners Program.

If you are in the greater Quincy area, please contact Lisa McCarthy at lmccarthy@helpfbms.org and if you are in the greater Brockton area please contact Stacey Walker at swalker@helpfbms.org (for shelter and housing help, INCLUDING financial assistance like start-up costs to move into a new apartment coupled with case management).

Please reach out to Courtney Logan at clogan@oldcolonyymca.org for food and access to all types of basic needs.  Old Colony YMCA also has a mental health clinic for supportive services.  In addition, the Old Colony YMCA YouthBuild Brockton Program is a ten-month community based youth development program serving young men and women, 16- 24 years of age, who have not completed high school.  Youth Build is currently enrolling for January 2021. The contact person is Shavon Tolson, office number is (508) 894-2816. This is a G.E.D program that also has a construction component.

List of Resources for Homeless and At-Risk Young Adults in the South Shore:

  1.  UMASS Medical School's Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research

See UMASS Medical’s Comprehensive list of resources here

The Massachusetts Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Commission exists to study and make recommendations regarding services for unaccompanied youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts and to ultimately provide comprehensive and effective responses to the unique needs of this population. (mass.gov) See their website here for resources and more information. To see a comprehensive list of regional homeless youth providers in the State of Massachusetts, see here.

Massachusetts Appleseed is an organization that is dedicated to working to solve broad, systematic problems. They are working to “build a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest.” Click here for more information on their upcoming Homeless Youth Handbook and to see the handbooks for other states, along with Mass Appleseed’s Homeless Services Directory.

The Massachusetts Coalition for The Homeless exists to tackle problems related to homelessness concerning families and individuals within the State of Massachusetts. They provide up-to-date news and resources with a large focus on youth and young adults. See their website here for more information!

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health has created a Young Adults resource page that provides youth with current, comprehensive resources to help them as they transition into adulthood, and assist them with their recovery and rehabilitation (mass.gov). See their website here for more information!

Aunt Bertha: For immediate access to food, shelter, or other resources throughout the South Shore, see Aunt Bertha on our homepage or at findhelp.org.

Massachusetts 2-1-1: You can also find a detailed list of resources for youth in Massachusetts on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 HelpSteps page that can be accessed from our homepage or by clicking the link here

The Charity Guild: Food pantry based in Brockton - https://thecharityguild.org/

 RAFT Program: Financial assistance during COVID, see the Emergency Rent Arrears/Mortgage Assistance tab under "Emergency Resources" for more information.

 How to apply for a Stimulus Check as a non-tax filer: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here-tool-scenarios

 Homeless Education Liaison Contact List: http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/search/search.aspx?leftNavId=11239

For information regarding Brockton Public Schools, please contact Karen McCarthy at 508-580-7561 or karendmccarthy@bpsma.org. You may also see their website here.

MassHire South Shore Workforce Board [Quincy and Plymouth area]

YouthWorks – MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board [Brockton area] Reach out for open positions and programming – Mike Joseph at mjoseph@masshiregbwb.org

 Family and Community Resources

Inquiries into any of FCR's programs can be called into their hotline 508-583-6498.

  • Emails relating to DV Advocacy can be sent to jones@fcr-ma.org.
  • Emails relating to Housing can be sent to engle@fcr-ma.org. This includes any questions regarding their Rapid Re-housing program for survivors of domestic violence.  See attached flier for more information.

 School on Wheels

https://www.sowma.org/

Email Barbara Fox [bfox@sowma.org], Director of Community Outreach, for school supplies

Children facing homelessness throughout the Commonwealth receive new backpacks and customized, grade-level books and school supplies.

Map Academy

Map Academy is a charter public high school located in Plymouth, MA, designed to serve students for whom traditional school has not worked, including youth who have dropped out or are at risk of leaving school without a diploma. Map Academy offers a flexible, student-centered experience rooted in a culture that amplifies student strengths, acknowledges life’s realities, helps students navigate them, and sets each student on a path to graduate ready for life after high school.  If you are a young adult 18-24 year old who does not have a diploma you can submit an application on their website. For additional information, email Maxanne Wordell - mwordell@themapacademy.org - www.themapacademy.org

Job Corps

Job Corps Centers are currently closed until further notice. If you are or know a young adult interested in participating in the Job Corps program, contact Alicia Lewis at 857-891-0112 for more information.