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
During the month of June 2015 START connected with a family of 3 that has 1 school aged child. The family had received an eviction notice and was informed that they must move from their current living situation. The mother became extremely worried about receiving this eviction notice while being forced to move and was concerned that she and her family would have to move out of the Stoughton Area School District in order to find housing in such a limited amount of time. After connecting this family with a Housing Caseworker and providing them with intensive case management they were able to secure a unit within the same community and were able to sign the lease while being able to move into the new unit the day after exiting their old home. They were able to avoid becoming homeless and or doubling up with family and friends. START funds assisted them with a portion of their security deposit and the child was able to remain in the same school. Their new unit is now even more convenient for the family as it is located only 2 blocks away from their son's school