Live the Dream at Field of Dreams, June 19, 2014SummerWorksCongratulations to the Class of 2014!
      

For 50 years ABCD has provided basic services and innovative programs that help empower individuals, families, and communities in Boston to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.

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"ABCD ask public to support its Winter Emergency Campaign, kicking off early this year to try to fill gap in needs and make it possible to provide heating assistance and warm clothing, boots, blankets and food to those in emergency situations."

 

April 17, 2014

BY VALARIE SEABROOK Fenway News ⋅ APRIL 16, 2014

ABCD SummerWorks Making that First Summer Job Possible for low-income Boston Youth

Kick-off Rally opportunity for young people to sign up, learn more about work and educational opportunities

 WHAT:  ABCD’s kick off rally for SummerWorks 2014.  Hundreds of young people seeking summer jobs will fill out applications, enjoy a “back yard barbecue” and learn about work opportunities and summer programs around Boston.   ABCD staff and local leaders will discuss what is needed to provide jobs and fund summer jobs program in Boston.


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April 14, 2014

Written by Olivia Deng, the Daily Free Press Apr, 2014

To address the housing issues facing Boston’s neighborhoods, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the creation of a 23-member housing task force, assigned with the mission of devising a four-year housing plan to be launched by June...

...Joining the group as an expert in non-profit development, John Drew, president and CEO of the Action for Boston Community Development, said he agreed to serve on the task force because he saw it as an opportunity to address problems he is concerned with, including family homelessness and housing for the elderly.

“The affordability gap is widening between those who can afford and those who cannot and we have more and more people in the city not being able to afford housing and very little subsidized housing,” he said. “We can tell as the city booms, as rents are sky high and housing prices are driven up, it has been displacing people who work hard but don’t have a lot of money.”

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April 10, 2014

Join us for our 17th Anniversary at Fenway Park! Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interested in getting involved? We’re signing up teams and sponsors for 2014 now! Watch Video feature from Fox 25 news from April 10, 2013.

April 10, 2014
Thousands of gas and electric customers receiving shut-off notices for unpaid bills due to extra high electric, gas heating costs BOSTON – Seniors and families, who have received shut off notices from electric and gas companies for unpaid heating ... read more
 
April 10, 2014

Sampan 2014/04/09 

 Seniors and families, who have received shut off notices from electric and gas companies for unpaid heating bills, may qualify for financial assistance from Action for Boston Community Development’s Fuel Assistance program.

“This has been a brutal winter and everyone has seen increasingly high heating bills,” said John J. Drew, President & CEO of ABCD.  “While there has been a lot of news coverage about families struggling with paying for heating oil, spring is the time when the other shoe drops.  The winter moratorium has ended and utilities are now sending out shut off notices.”

Federal and state funds are available to help families and seniors pay these large heating bills, but users who have not already applied for assistance have only until May 15th to complete an application.

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March 25, 2014
Action Boston Community Development has provided thousands of Boston youngsters from low-income household with their first summer job, and many have gone on to become public and elected officials, professional and business leaders, college... read more
 
March 18, 2014

By Erin Ailworth   | GLOBE STAFF   MARCH 17, 2014

Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday approved the release of $20 million in heating aid for low-income households as the long, cold winter drags on — the first time in three years that the state has provided such assistance.

...Low-income advocates have spent the last several months pushing Massachusetts lawmakers to provide funding for heating assistance.

“We’ll be very glad to get that $20 million,” said John Drew, the president of Action for Boston Community Development, an organization that helps funnel heating aid to families in Boston, Brookline, and Newton. “We wish it had come earlier.”

Still, Drew said that he is worried about natural gas and electric customers who have wracked up enormous heating bills this winter and will soon be receiving shutoff notices from their utility companies. State law prevents utilities from shutting off service to customers between Nov. 15 and March 15, even if they fall behind on payments.

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