Single Stop

Over the past year, the College expanded its partnerships to help low-income students achieve food security, housing stability, and financial literacy – three factors that are critical to students’ academic success.

Food Security. In addition to working with students who are eligible to apply for food stamps, BHCC partners with the Greater Boston Food Bank to deliver 5,000 pounds of groceries a month through a Mobile Market/Food Pantry; the non-profit Food Link to deliver bread from Panera every day; and a donor whose private funds aid us in providing additional financial supports to those on food stamps, including peanut butter and jelly for students as part of the “Eat Smart Be Smart” program.  This spring, the College partnered with private donors to launch the pilot program “One Square Meal, which offers lunch to 30 students Monday through Friday. Many community college students received federal free and reduced-price lunch in high school but lose this support at the post-secondary level. The college is evaluating the results and seeking funding to serve 100 students this fall.

Housing. The College partners with shelters in the Greater Boston area to secure immediate housing for students. Home Start and Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) are resources helping students find permanent housing and eviction prevention. MBHP sends an advocate to BHCC twice a month to work with students.

Financial Literacy. BHCC partners with the Midas Collaborative, Federal Reserve Bank, and UAspire to provide financial information to low-income students. The college provides free financial literacy classes to students. Free financial coaching with certified coaches is offered by The Midas Collaborative for students and family members. This spring, the College’s VITA Program provided free income tax assistance to more than 3,100 students and community members who make less than $60,000. SingleStop recently partnered with Boston Success Coaches to host a FAFSA week on campus that helped 400 students complete their online FAFSA before the May 1 deadline.

From July 1, 2015 – May 19, 2016, 1,933 students were screened for Single Stop services that included food stamps, help with housing, financial services, free tax assistance or FAFSA; 1,273 students were confirmed for benefits or referrals; and 11,230 student visits were logged during which students received food, information, or counseling.

ID 15590

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #15590, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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