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When a residential property in Bristol has been condemned upon inspection by a governmental agency, such as the Health Department or Building Department, the residents residing lawfully in the property may be eligible for cash assistance. The assistance covers only the cost of the differential between the rent or mortgage that was being paid and the new rent. The new residence must meet building and health codes and pass an inspection. An application for assistance is to be completed at the Community Services office. There is a time limit and a financial cap on the assistance.
According to state mandate, the City of Bristol is to store the household goods left behind after the eviction occurs. A fee is charged daily for the storage of the items. Items that are not claimed by the evicted person within 15 days may be sold by the city at a public auction to recover any costs the city may have incurred.
Youth Services centrally coordinates the comprehensive delivery of services and advocates for youth and their families. The department strives to enhance the networking and support between family, school, peer, and community environments.
Positive Youth Development group programs are designed to build skills and competencies of young people, nurture the pursuit of their goals and aspirations, and strengthen family, peer, school, and community connections. The Climbing Team, Peer Education, Dancing Stars, Skills to Pay the Bills, and Lunch Buddies are some of these programs offered annually.
Mental Health Services respond to youth and families who are experiencing emotional distress related to significant losses or trauma. Some of these services include family counseling, young men’s and young women’s issues groups, and Bananas Split Too!
Child welfare programs assist and empower families to meet basic needs and maintain a supportive family environment; these include application assistance and case management, Parent and Community Efforts (PACE), back-to-school supplies, and holiday gift giving coordination.
Programs aim to reduce barriers to accessing services such as financial hardship, lack of access to behavioral health providers, and lack of transportation. All of the program leaders continuously strive for cultural competency. Please see our program listing for seasonal offerings of programs.