Young Adults

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 Jessica Bullio at jbullio@helpfbms.org and if you are in the greater Brockton area please contact Geoff Gagnon at ggagnon@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. The 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:

Massachusetts Homeless Youth Handbook

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


Health Imperatives

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES
Our seven sexual and reproductive health clinics offer a range of services, including pregnancy testing, options counseling, and birth control, STI testing and treatment, HIV prevention medication, gender affirming hormone therapy, and cancer screenings.

YOUTH AND YOUNG FAMILIES SUPPORT
We deliver prevention initiatives and home visiting programs for vulnerable youth, including young, first-time parents, LGBTQ+ youth, immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, and those with multiple barriers to good health.

WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC) NUTRITION ASSISTANCE
Our WIC programs in the Greater Plymouth and Cape Cod regions offer free, nutritious food, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, and referrals for women who are pregnant or parenting infants and children under age five.

SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE
Our services include Penelope’s Place, an emergency domestic violence shelter, A New Day, a rape crisis program for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, and SAFEPLAN, a court advocacy program, as well as resources and group support for survivors.

Emergency Shelter Services:                                               Referrals and Intakes:                                 Referrals, Resources, and Trainings:

Tom Carter                                                                                      Jordan Sherrod                                                 Jerrica Harmon

Director of Clinical and Emergency Services             Survivor Specialist                                          Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator

tcarter@healthimperatives.org                                          jsherrod@healthimperatives.org.          jharmon@healthimperatives.org


Youth LGBTQ+ Resources

LGBTQ+ Resource Map - Compiled by the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. It is meant to help youth, families, teachers, and providers find LGBTQ services near to them.

Safe School Programs for LGBTQ Students - a joint program of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ+ Youth Staff Directory

The Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth (BAGLY) - a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization, committed to social justice and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.

Fenway Health - An organization that advocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education.

PFLAG - the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.


Family and Community Resources, Inc.

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
  • Emails relating to Housing can be sent to This includes any questions regarding their Rapid Re-housing program for survivors of domestic violence.

School on Wheels:

Link to site: 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.


FiscalTiger Youth Homelessness Resource:

Link to site: https://www.fiscaltiger.com/financial-housing-and-other-resources-for-homeless-youth/


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.