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MBTA eyes discounts for low-income riders in the future 

by Nicole Dungca, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/8/2016 Categories: MBTA

As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers fare increases, advocates for low-income residents are encouraging the agency to implement something new in the state: discounts for those customers who have the hardest time paying.

John J. Drew, the chief executive of the antipoverty organization Action for Boston Community Development, said his employees reached out to the MBTA after first hearing about a possible discount for low-income riders.

“We help 100,000 people all over Greater Boston,” Drew said. “We have the apparatus where we could document and certify people” as low-income.

Drew, who objects to the MBTA’s proposed fare increases in general, said he believes such a program would be an important step in helping some of the people who need the T the most.

“There are an awful lot of people who totally depend on that system, and their lives depend on that system because they can lose their jobs and everything else,” he said.

 

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Opponents: MBTA Fare Hike would hurt poor most 

Matt Stout, O’Ryan Johnson, Boston Herald
Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/8/2016 Categories: MBTA

The MBTA wants to jack up bus and trolley prices for public school students by 23 percent as part of its plan to cap a $242 million budget shortfall as new fare hikes that will hit just about every rider were rolled out yesterday.

John J. Drew, president of 
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., said a sudden fare increase would hit poor families the hardest.

“For folks trying to get to and from work, for people with disabilities, for the elderly, every penny counts,” Drew said. “A sudden and significant fare hike would hit these people hard.”

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ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

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Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services at sites throughout Boston and now serving Malden, Everett, Medford and surrounding towns." read more.

ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

Ad: Bay State Banner
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services" read more.

VIDEO: Federal cuts impact winter heating assistance for needy Boston residents 

by Kerry Kavanaugh of FOX25
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

BOSTON – Federal budget cuts are having a big impact on many low income Boston residents that rely on assistance for winter heating.

We're talking about a cut of about $200 this winter. The group we spoke with says it's possible the maximum amount of families can receive this year won't get them through this winter season.

Watch the video here.

Thanksgiving dinner held for motel-bound homeless 

by Astead W. Herndon, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Allston-Brighton Thanksgiving

Elizabeth Tyler struggled to close the Styrofoam to-go container for her slices of sweet potato, apple, pecan, pumpkin, and pumpkin chiffon pies, but you could hardly blame her for trying.

Tyler, a 33-year-old mother of four, said she had been homeless for the past two months, after her family was evicted from their apartment in Charlestown.

Over the past two months, Tyler has lived in a motel, which means cooking meals in a microwave and washing items in the bathtub, she said. But for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview in Brighton, Tyler did not have a single chore on her plate — just turkey, dressing, and lots of desserts.

“My kids are having fun, and everyone here is open arms and smiles. No one is judging you or looking down on you,” Tyler said. “It makes you feel good."

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Treating Poverty: A Personal Recollection from the Early History of Community Health Centers in Boston 

by John J. Drew - President and CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/4/2015

Official history never quite captures the whole story.

Sometimes, we need the memories of those who were there to really understand. And that’s especially true of great public institutions like Community Health Centers. It’s hard to imagine our city without them—but I remember when they didn’t exist. And I remember how ABCD, Boston’s Community Action Agency, not only helped start the first Community Health Centers, but stepped in, more than once, to make sure they survived.

The sixties were a difficult time in America’s cities, full of protest and racial strife. Out of that unrest, new ideas were emerging. While no one had yet said, “Black lives matter,” some were acting in that spirit. But the new ideas were fragile, struggling for life. One such idea was the dream of community health centers,—places that would finally do something about the fact that, as Dr Jack Geiger said, “The poor get sicker and the sick get poorer.”

This was one of the most audacious ideas to come out of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) created many …

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Join Boston Social Athletes For Their 2nd Annual Fitness Toy Drive This Wednesday 

by Caroline Earle - BostInno
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/1/2015

"With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the holidays on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about gifting, giving and what this time of year truly symbolizes." read more. 

There’s an ‘R word’ that’s not in this woman’s vocabulary - Profile of ABCD Hero Carol Stamper 

By Adrian Walker, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/12/2015 Categories: 2015 Community Heroes ABCD Foster Grandparents Program

Not long into retirement, Carol Stamper realized she is not the retiring type.

So when the grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three, left her last job in the computer industry, she started looking for a new place to report each morning. She found her new vocation at the William Monroe Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester.

That move, made a little over a decade ago, has proven its worth.

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Local Papers Showcase Community Heroes 

Profiles of local heroes to be honored on Nov 6
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/26/2015 Categories: 2015 Community Heroes

Local publications are showcasing their Community Heroes who will be honored by ABCD on Nov 6th. 
Read each release below:

Dorchester

Charlestown

Chinatown

North End

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