Some specific BCRHA program highlights over the last year include the following:
We served a total of 3100 Berkshire County households
We successfully mediated 310 claims filed for hearings in the Berkshire County District Courts or the Berkshire County Housing Court, involving over 620disputants
We prevented 584 Berkshire County households from becoming homeless through the Program’s legal counseling, anti-foreclosure counseling, mediation, case management, housing search, and financial assistance programs
We provided Legal and Educational Counseling to 448 Berkshire County tenant households and 165 Rental Property/Homeowner households
We responded to more than 130 consumer complaints and recovered approximately $113,700.
At BCRHA, we’re proud of and committed to the work we do. My hope is that everyone who reads this will view each one of these numbers as people, many of them people you may know, facing often extraordinary, but not insurmountable, challenges! I know that is the view we at BCRHA take every day.
When I think of the people that are associated with and support BCRHA, I am reminded of the following quote by Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” I look forward to continuing our work together to truly make a difference.
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Developing and implementing a continuum of services and programs that address the underlying causes of household instability and homelessness.
Assisting households to develop strategies to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
Collaborating with other human service providers, including grass roots organizations and faith-based organizations, to alleviate the causes and effects of household, housing, and community instability.
Prevention of homelessness in Berkshire County
Prevention of foreclosures in Berkshire County
Promotion of early intervention and prevention strategies to increase household stability and minimize the escalation of housing problems for homeowners, renters, and rental property owners
Promotion of long-term tenancies in safe, decent, appropriate housing
Promotion of the development of a household’s living skills with emphasis placed on responsible self-sufficient behavior and economic independence
Promotion of community awareness, support, linkage, and organization to address housing and household stability related issues
Promotion of Consumer/ Merchant Education
Provision of technical assistance on housing, homelessness, household stability, financial literacy, consumer education, and dispute resolution to Berkshire County Courts, human service providers, including faith based and grass roots organizations, and the private bar
Promotion of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution options to reduce the number of housing, neighbor, consumer, and other types of civil and criminal disputes filed in the Berkshire County courts
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