Head Start program in Boston faces cuts / Baker’s proposal for budget deficit trims programs 

by Sean P. Murphy, The Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/24/2015 Categories: ABCD Head Start Budget Cuts

"A program that provides services to thousands of Boston’s poorest families by helping toddlers prepare for kindergarten faces a possible early shutdown this year because of an 11 percent cut in state funding." read more.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy worried Venezuela isn’t answering his calls for free oil 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/13/2014 Categories: Budget Cuts Fuel Assistance LiHEAP Winter Emergency Campaign

HEATING AID IN JEOPARDY: Citizens Energy President Joseph P. Kennedy II, above, says his calls to Venezuela seeking free oil have gone unanswered this winter, fueling fears he can’t count on the country, post-Hugo Chavez, to support his oil-for-the-poor program.

by Matt Stout, The Boston Herald, Saturday, January 11, 2014

Revelations that ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II’s annual call for heating oil help from Venezuela has gone unanswered couldn’t have come at a worse time, says one community advocate, who warned that the potentially dry pipeline is yet another setback for families “hit from all sides” this frigid winter.

“This is the point where the Kennedy program would have been in place and helped to get people through a week or two. There’s just not enough resources around,” said John J. Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, which works with Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Corp. to connect hundreds of low-income households with heating oil at a time of year when other benefits run out.

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Unemployment Running Out for Many this Holiday Season! 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/18/2013 Categories: Budget Cuts Unemployment


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141,000 Mass. residents will lose extended unemployment benefits on December 28, in midst of holiday season

 Unemployment stubbornly remains above 7 percent, preventing many families from maintaining a basic standard of living

 BOSTON – On December 28, federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation will end unless reauthorized by Congress.  The cut will affect nearly 1.3 million workers nationwide and 141,000 in Massachusetts, putting families at severe economic risk in an anemic economy with over 7 percent unemployment in the midst of the holiday season.
“These people are our friends, neighbors and relatives who have worked hard all their lives and now find themselves unemployed because of layoffs, downsizing and business closures,” said John J. Drew, President & CEO of Action for Boston Community Development.  “Cutting off these benefits means that thousands will shift their focus from job search to a down and out struggle to feed their families and keep the heat on and a roof over their heads.”  
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Food pantries fear EBT cuts Deductions to boost need for aid - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2013/11/food_pantries_fear_ebt_cuts#sthash.esYW8B3G.dpuf 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/3/2013 Categories: Budget Cuts Fuel Assistance Government Shutdown Poverty sequestration Winter Emergency Campaign

By Jordan Graham, Boston Herald, Sunday, November 3, 2013

Local charities are bracing for a boost in requests for help now that almost half a million households in the Bay State that rely on government assistance to feed their families are getting less money thanks to the end of a federal stimulus program...“They’re taking away from people who really can’t afford to be taken away from,” said John Drew, president and CEO of ABCD.  Read More.

To the Editor: Food stamp cut … ‘just plain stupid’ 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 9/30/2013 Categories: ABCD Budget Cuts Low income & poor families Poverty

The US House passage of a bill slashing food stamps when 46.5 million Americans struggle to survive below the poverty level of $23,550 for a family of four is unconscionable, heartless, and just plain stupid.  

Even at current levels, food insecurity plagues the children, working parents, and seniors who rely on food stamps to put a meal on the table. And “a meal” is the operative term. Food stamps provide one meal a day, at best. Hungry children can’t learn. Families plagued by poor nutrition and hunger will lose ground in the work world. Seniors who deserve to live with dignity in their later years will go to bed hungry. All will be at risk for health setbacks.

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ABCD Faced with Federal Cuts for Preschool 

6/3/2013 Categories: Budget Cuts Head Start sequestration

The director of Head Start and children's services at ABCD, Yvette Rodriguez, talks about the effect of automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration on the anti-poverty agency's preschool program for children from low-income families.

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GOP’s budget ignores needs and punishes the poor of Massachusetts  

5/21/2012 Categories: Budget Cuts

By John J. Drew

On May 10, the U.S. House of Representatives approved far-reaching legislation to cut $310 billion from the deficit over the next 10 years.

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