The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts provides financial relief and comprehensive services to families referred through social services agencies who are at risk of eviction.
Referrals are made by a wide range of agencies including: family, individual and battered women’s shelters, hospitals, housing authorities and housing agencies, elder services agencies, religious institutions, and community organizations.
Meeting personally with each client referred, provides the important basis for our comprehensive and successful services. Staff conduct a thorough assessment of the family or individual’s situation and together a plan is made for financial assistance and services to avert the eviction and to ensure that the client is able to maintain their housing in the future.
A broad range of services are provided by staff including budget counseling and financial planning, education and career planning, parenting and child development counseling, household and life skills training. Advocacy for healthcare, childcare, and legal issues is provided as well as referrals to outside agencies for other supportive services.
and Housing Mediation
No-interest loans are made to clients in order to prevent eviction or in some cases mortgage foreclosure. Repayment plans are developed for each client based upon their financial situation and may require payments ranging from $5 per month to $100 per month. For elderly or clients on fixed incomes, grants are often made as these budgets often do not provide enough money for clients to pay back the loan.