START provides a safety net for families in crisis. It links Stoughton families with community resources and provides support in housing, health, employment and financial assistance.
Contact the START Program Director:
Cindy Thompson, MSW, CAPSW - START Program Director
In April, START provided assistance to a family of 5 who had become past due on their utility bills. The family had experienced landlord/tenant issues and were becoming concerned about their ability to maintain their utility bills for the home going forward. They had severe fire hazards in the home due to the unit being heated only by space heaters. This concern was brought to the attention of their landlord who was unresponsive to their concerns. START connected this family with the Tenant Resource Center in order to help assist them through their tenant/landlord issues. The home being heated primarily through space heaters caused their utility bills to become an unmanageable amount which created a lot of stress on the household. START connected the mother of the household with the ADRC in order to help assist her through the process of applying for Social Security Disability as she is currently not working and disabled. The family's primary source of income comes from the mother's finances employment. After connecting with START and JFF the family was able to have their past due amount owed to Stoughton Utilities paid in full in order prevent a disconnection. With the connection of this family with the Tenant Resource Center and the ADRC the family should be able to receive assistance related to their tenant/landlord issues along with working towards ways to increase their monthly household income.