Single Stop

The College continues with its commitment to build its partnerships for helping low-income students achieve food security, housing and financial stability, which have been identified as critical factors 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 that provided food to 1,666 students from June 2016 – May 2017; Food Link, which delivers bread and pastries from Panera every day along with sandwiches, salads and nonperishables; Food for Free has been delivering 150 frozen balanced meals each week since the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester; private donors continue to provide additional financial support to those on food stamps donating $25.00 Stop & Shop gift cards as well as funds for peanut butter and jelly as part of the “Eat Smart Be Smart” program. Also, this spring, the College partnered with private donors to launch the pilot program “One Square Meal (OSM)”, offering 30 students $7.00, three times a week, in order to buy a meal at the cafeteria. Many community college students received federal free and reduced-price lunch in high school but lose this support at the post-secondary level. Further, the College launched its “Voices of Hunger” awareness campaign this spring where representatives from colleges and community partners from across the state convened on hunger on college campuses, challenging each college group to work on this issue within their own community.

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 Stability

BHCC partnered with the Midas Collaborative, Federal Reserve Bank, and UAspire to provide financial information to low-income students. The college provides financial literacy counseling 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 has partnered with Boston Success Coaches hosting a FAFSA week each semester that encourages students to complete their online FASFA by the deadline.

Special Populations

Additionally, our Single Stop Office is focused on working with groups that may miss out on opportunities that are provided in the Greater Boston area. These groups include: Students who grew up in foster homes and may be eligible for free college tuition; DACA or undocumented students who may need legal advice regarding their rights; students who may have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record) and may be eligible for sealing their records in order to give them access to housing and employment; and women students who may be expecting and are interested in connecting with services that will aid them with support and financial resources.

ID 16767

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16767, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

Please note that for security purposes, contact information can only be provided to known contacts at active Achieving the Dream institutions.

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