HPTC Affiliate

SEMCOA

Southeast Massachusetts Council on Advocacy

SEMCOA’s mission is to advocate for and provide support to individuals, families, and communities in the areas of substance use, mental illness, domestic violence, homelessness, and parenting.
This diverse scope provides wraparound services for those in need.

SEMCOA’s origins date to 1971 when it was founded in the City of New Bedford. Since then, the agency has shifted, merged, and grown to meet expanding needs. The thread that connects all of SEMCOA’s projects and programs is an effort to support individuals and families on their journeys towards self-sufficiency and independence.

Services

WRAP House

WRAP House

WRAP House is a 18-bed transitional housing stability and support home for individuals identifying as female age 18+.
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Women’s Graduate House

Women’s Graduate House

Graduate House is a substance-free housing for women in the intermediate stages of recovery. Services include recovery-oriented accommodations.
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South Shore Women’s Resource & Advocacy Center (SSRAC)

South Shore Women’s Resource & Advocacy Center (SSRAC)

SSRAC is a community-based program assisting domestic violence survivors for 40 years.
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Monarch House

Monarch House

Monarch House is a 27-bed residential recovery home for individuals identifying as female aged 18+.
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Men’s Graduate House

Men’s Graduate House

Graduate House is a 8-single room substance-free housing for men in the intermediate stages of recovery. Services include recovery-oriented accommodations.
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Healthy Families

Healthy Families

Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM) is a statewide, voluntary home-based family support and coaching program for first-time young parents funded by the Children’s Trust. Our Healthy Families programs serve the greater Brockton and Attleboro-Taunton areas. This voluntary, home-based family support program...
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Harmony House

Harmony House

A 26-bed residential recovery treatment program for males and individuals who identify as male ages 18+, in recovery from substance use disorders.
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Family Preservation Program (FPP)

Family Preservation Program (FPP)

The program consists of scattered site units located in New Bedford.
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Family Centers

Family Centers

Emergency shelter and support services for families.
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Family Centers

Our four family centers provide emergency shelter and case management services to families experiencing homelessness.

Situated in the heart of the historic downtown/lower Highlands neighborhood, Fall River Family Center is centrally located, convenient to the public library, bus terminal, and Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Harbour House Family Center, which opened in 2001, is located in a residential section of New Bedford on the bus line, and childcare services are available at the on-site child development center.

Taunton Family Center is also situated in a residential area, within walking distance of downtown Taunton and near supermarkets, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, library, post office, and Morton Hospital.

Wareham Family Center is located conveniently on Rte. 6, providing families access to commercial and recreational activities.

 

Fall River Family Center

Phone: 508-679-2109

Fax: 508-676-6694

257 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA 02720

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

This center can accommodate up to 7 families/28 participants at one time.

Harbour House Family Center

Phone: 508-992-6027

Fax: 508-992-5017

713 Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

This center can accommodate up to 16 families/52 participants at one time.

Taunton Family Center

Phone: 508-738-5142

Fax: 508-738-5163

74 Winthrop Street, Taunton, MA 02780

Admission Policy: Families are referred by the Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

This center accommodates up to 7 families/25 participants at one time.

Wareham Family Center

3224 Cranberry Highway
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

This emergency shelter has the capacity to house 30 homeless families.

Trauma-informed staff provides essential wraparound services at our family centers. Families are supported in all aspects of their journey towards self-sufficiency, with their primary goal of rapidly re-housing in sustainable permanent housing. Families receive a comprehensive assessment upon entering the family center and participate in the development of short and long-term goals. Moreover, they are provided with assistance beyond the basic necessities to sustain activities associated with daily living.

Case managers work with families on challenges based on a family’s particular needs: examples include addressing parenting issues, maintaining healthy nutrition, registering for GED or ES​OL classes, applying for job training, and addressing domestic violence. Outside referrals are made for added support services, as needed. A supportive foundation is established for families (case management), so when they transition into permanent housing, they are less likely to return to the shelter system.

If you are a family seeking shelter, call the Massachusetts Emergency Family Shelter Contact Line: Monday – Friday 8 AM-5 PM at 866-584-0653.

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