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ABCD Solution Series: Cradle to Prison
Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/20/2015 Categories: Low income & poor families Poverty Solutions Series Youth Unemployment

"In this second part of a three part series, Around Town highlights the candid conversation taking place in the Cradle to Prison Pipeline forum." watch video here.

Rising costs puts ownership out of reach 

by Jordan Graham, Boston Herald
Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/2/2015 Categories: Affordable Housing Low income & poor families

"More than a quarter of families renting homes in Massachusetts spend at least half their income on housing, according to a new study, making saving to buy a place of their own nearly impossible." read more

Beacon Hill Roll Call 

by Bob Katzen, Nashoba Publishing
Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/1/2015 Categories: LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

"THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on two roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on legislative rules for when the fiscal 2016 $38 billion budget is debated." read more.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES: Baker says he will 'never' run for president  

Sentinel & Enterprise
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/27/2015 Categories: LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

"John Drew, president of Action for Boston Community Development, noting that Massachusetts residents have until May 15 to apply for fuel assistance to help pay their utility heating bills and avoid shut-off." read more

 

Governor Baker Highlights Proposal to Double EITC in Boston 

Press Office, Governor Charlie Baker
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/2/2015 Categories: Earned Income Tax Credit, VITA program Low income & poor families

"BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today visited and toured one of Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) 12 IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in the Greater Boston area to discuss with organizers, tax prep volunteers and individuals the benefits of doubling the earned income tax credit (EITC) would have on the budgets of low-income working families." read more

ABCD Solution Series: Affordable Housing  

Around Town, BNN TV
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/1/2015 Categories: Affordable Housing Low income & poor families Solutions Series

"Around Town drops-in on Boston-area antipoverty organization, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), to watch a panel of community leaders discuss housing access and housing solutions by tackling some very difficult questions." Watch video here

 

Tax time: help is on the way 

by Michele D. Maniscalco
Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/14/2015 Categories: Low income & poor families Tax Assistance

"As next month's tax deadline looms, taxpayers may find themselves overwhelmed by the complexity of tax preparation itself as well as the size of their tax bills. Help is available for many low to moderate income taxpayers from the city of Boston." read more.

Baker establishes task force on chronic unemployment 

State House News Service
Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/12/2015 Categories: Low income & poor families Unemployment

"Seeking to end persistent employment problems among people of color, veterans and people with disabilities, top Baker administration officials plan to spend the next several months gathering ideas to improve the situation in time for the governor's drafting of the fiscal 2017 budget." read more.

 

Extreme weather impacting the U.S. economy 

by Jerika Duncan
Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/1/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families

"It's been a tale of two coasts, with different types of extreme weather conditions hitting different spots of the country, impacting the economy in some places." watch video here

Grant could bring new heating/cooling to housing project 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/24/2014 Categories: LiHEAP Low income & poor families

By Kendall Hatch, Metro West Daily News Staff 
Posted Apr. 24, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

MARLBOROUGH – The Community Development Authority on Thursday morning gave its tentative approval to a grant program that would pay for new energy efficient heating and cooling systems for some residents at a Bolton Street elderly housing complex.

The CDA voted unanimously to accept the grant during its meeting Thursday morning, although the acceptance hinged on Public Works Commissioner John Ghiloni signing off on the program.

The grant, from Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD for short, would pay for the installation of 30 air-source heat pumps at the Bolton Street complex, or enough pumps to outfit half of the units there.

Bruce Ledgerwood of ABCD told the board that the units use technology that takes heat from the air, compresses it and pumps it into an apartment for heat during the winter. In the summer, the process works in reverse, taking heat out of the air inside and pumping it outside.

The project, which is being supported by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, could reap about $9,000 in energy savings each year, according to a report by Marlborough Housing Director Douglas Bushman.

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