BHA Resident Services

Brookline Housing Authority staff partners with other agencies that provide our residents and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher holders living in Brookline with services that: help the elderly and disabled continue to live in their apartments; advance the educational boundaries of children and parents; provide skills and experience for employment; and much more. Please review the programs below and take advantage of any or all of them that suit your situation. Each program can point to many success stories, and we would like yours to be one.

If you feel that you need help to arrange services, please do not hesitate to call your manager for assistance. All communication is held in strict confidence.

Resident Services Team

Program Director - Next Steps

Grace Watson

Resident Services Coordinator-22 High St

Megan Smith

Pgrm Dir.- Family Learning Centers

Lisa Brown

Resident Services Coordinator-Trustman

Julia Blencowe, LCSW

Program Director - ESOL

Danielle Mendola

Reyan Serrano

617-926-4100 Ext.280

Springwell - Sussman House

Springwell Staff
Amber Russell
617-926-4100 EXT.323

Springwell - O'shea House

Sarah Williams

Springwell 

Col.Floyd, Morse, Kickham

617-926-4100 Ext.323
Christina Sousa

Springwell - Program Manager

617-926-4100 Ext.232
Resident Services Programs and Information

Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline brings together 50 organizations and over 160 citizens, including more than 80 women and girls with limited incomes, by using what is known as a “Collective Impact” framework, an approach that is both inclusive and collaborative. They offer a wide variety of programming, including workshops on arts, healing, mental health, nutrition, exercise, gardening, and more!

The Thrive Guide is an easy-to-use, comprehensive list of local organizations and resources helping both service providers and Brookline residents find the right organization for their needs.

Quickly and easily, people can connect to dozens of area services which provide aid in staying healthy, giving support, assisting with housing, job training, emergency services, and more.

The Brookline Center - 617-277-8107

The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and community-based social services that help individuals and families lead healthier, safer, and fuller lives. The Center partners with the Town of Brookline, as well as dozens of local community partners, to fill unmet needs, coordinate services, and create a safety net of support. Residents needing funds for urgent needs can make a request to the Town’s Safety Net program administered by The Brookline Center.

Brookline ESOL Program - 617-413-4186

Free and low-cost English language instruction for low-income adults who reside or work in Brookline. Classes and conversation groups are offered at beginning through intermediate levels in the day and evening at several BHA community sites. Contact Danielle Mendola at esol@brooklinehousing.org.

The Brookline food pantry is available to all Brookline residents. Shoppers may shop one time every two weeks and will be guided through the food pantry by volunteer workers. BHA residents do not need to provide income verification.

Family Computer Learning Centers

Each family housing site has its own Family Learning Center (FLC) - a walk-in computer lab, free of charge to all BHA residents offering drop-in hours for adult residents and homework support to school-age children.

Most elderly/disabled housing sites have mini-labs (one to two computers) in the community room, which are available for resident use 24/7.

For more information contact: Lisa Brown lbrown@brooklinehousing.org 617-566-8795.

Next Steps Program - 617-566-6011
Next Steps helps adults to write or revise resumes, find employment, and pursue continuing education opportunities including GED, certificate programs, two- and four-year colleges and job/skills training. Our staff person, Grace Watson, gwatson@brooklinehousing.org, has helped many residents towards a better life - give her a call.

Grace's office is located in the Trustman Apartments' Computer Learning Center.

The Brookline Parent-Child Home Program is a two-year home visiting, risk prevention program for low-to-moderate income families with young children living in Brookline. The focus of PCHP is to prepare young children to enter school “ready to learn.”

Home visitors meet with PCHP families for 30 minute sessions twice weekly for a two year period. All visits take place in the home environment and are scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient to the family and home visitor, so that moms and dads who are working, in school, or in a training program can participate.

PCHP offers two playgroups for children 18 months to 4 years at the 22 High and Egmont St. developments. All programming is free.

Service Coordination for Families

Service coordinators are here to help you access many resources for your family. For Egmont/Trustman residents, you can contact Amanda Sidman at 617-735-6870 or at amandasidman@brooklinecenter.org. For 22 High St. and High St. Veterans, contact Megan Smith at 617- 608-7019 or megansmith@brooklinecenter.org.

Springwell is a non-profit organization that serves seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. Services include case management and in-home care, home-delivered meals, protective services, friendly visitors, and healthy living workshops. Case managers are available onsite at BHA elderly/disabled housing developments.

Steps to Success - 617-879-4638

Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive educational achievement program providing academic, social development and family support for low-income students and their families. Working with students in Grades 4-12, the program seeks to break through the attitudes and substantive barriers -both personal & institutional - that can make it difficult for students to succeed in school and pursue a college education.

 

STS addresses these barriers by establishing programs of:

  • Academic enrichment and mentoring;

  • Work connections for youth;

  • Early college awareness & readiness;

  • Family support services.

 

If your child is not in this program, please call Steps to Success today and put her/him on to the road towards success.

(617) 277-2022

90 Longwood Ave #1, Brookline, MA 02446, USA

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