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Federal funds for heating help leaving some in cold 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/26/2014 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP

Janet WuBy  WCVB-TV News

Massachusetts got what it thought was good news a couple of weeks ago from Washington: Another $18 million in fuel assistance for low-income families and seniors in this bitterly cold winter.  But thousands people may never see another drop of home heating oil.

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Walsh Targets Inequality, But What Can A Mayor Actually Do? 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/14/2014 Categories: ABCD Low income & poor families Mayor Marty Walsh Poverty

By  90.9 WBUR February 14, 2014

The corner of Washington and Avery streets, just a couple of blocks from Boston Common, was a foreboding place not so long ago: a seedy extension of the old Combat Zone.

Not anymore.

The new 15-story Millennium Place offers up luxury condominiums, a private screening room for residents and a customized social calendar called La Vie. Across the street, upscale furniture store Roche Bubois sells an $11,000 couch with a built-in iPad jack.

But just around the corner: a reminder that Boston’s surging affluence is not shared by all.

The city’s largest anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development, is a big, concrete box.

Hundreds of clients walk through its spare lobby every day. On the fourth floor, Tonya Wilkerson, an unemployed phlebotomist from Dorchester, applies for home heating assistance and bemoans a long stretch of joblessness.

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Mayor Walsh appoints John Barros as Economic Development Chief  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/12/2014 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston Business Times, February 12, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of John Barros as Chief of his Economic Development Cabinet. The appointment is a significant step towards revitalizing the way Boston approaches economic development.
 
"John shares my belief that we have to do more than better organize our efforts — we have to ensure those efforts lead to more opportunities for all of Boston's residents and business owners," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's economy is in a good position, but we can do better. With John, our job creators, and our communities all working together, we will create more economic opportunities throughout our city and take Boston to the next level."
 

Trofeo de los Red Sox llegó a sede de ABCD en Mattapan 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/11/2014 Categories: ABCD

WUNI News 02/11/2014 7:12 PM

Día de mucho orgullo deportivo para varios niños de la organización ABCD en la zona de Mattapan.
(Entravision) Boston, Massachusetts.- El trofeo de la Serie Mundial que los Medias Rojas ganaron el año pasado llegó hasta sus instalaciones en el marco del World Series Championship Tour.
Durante dos horas grandes y chicos pudieron tomarse fotos y conocer tan emblemático trofeo.

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Families in need of fuel assistance struggling to stay warm 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/6/2014 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP

"This has been a tough winter for everybody," he said. "A tough winter for the oil companies, a tough winter for customers."

It is an especially tough winter for families unable to keep their homes heated. The Action for Boston Community Development is seeing a spike in requests for fuel assistance.

John Drew, the agency's president, says less funding from federal sources and a rise in oil prices has led to an urgent need for help.

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Mass. residents losing jobless benefits 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/3/2014 Categories: Unemployment

By Sean Lavery  |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  FEBRUARY 01, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3,000 Massachusetts residents have exhausted unemployment benefits since the end of the year, and hundreds more are losing them each week, as efforts to restore the federal extensions remain stalled in Congress.

Lawmakers will try again to revive the program, which expired Dec. 28, after they return to Washington this week. Despite clearing a key procedural hurdle in the Democrat-controlled Senate early in January, legislation to reauthorize the federal emergency benefits has bogged down over how to pay for the costs, estimated at several billion dollars.

Proposals to extend the program first for 11 months, then three months each failed in the Senate in January. And such proposals will probably face an even tougher time in the Republican-controlled House.

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