A Blueprint for Action

Each August, the Planning Department works with central program managers, department heads, and NSC/APAC Directors to formulate the Community Service Block Grant Workplan, a document which details all services and resources to be offered in the upcoming fiscal year (10/1-9/30). This Workplan also defines projections for clients served, activities to be undertaken, and goals and outcomes expected to be achieved. When finalized, the Workplan is submitted for approval to the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and becomes the foundation of our CSBG contract and template against which we report service and outcome data at mid and year end intervals.

In FY15, ABCD’s central department Workplans focus on delivery of critical services in the following areas:

  • Health: community health and outreach, family planning and women’s health
  • Housing: emergency housing and housing court advocacy
  • Early Childhood Development and Care: Head Start and Early Head Start, childcare information and referral, provider training, and childcare voucher management
  • Elder Services: Foster Grandparents and Food Dollars
  • Energy: fuel and utility assistance, weatherization and energy efficiency audits, and appliance upgrades and repair
  • Asset Development: Earned Income Tax Credit tax preparation and Youth Engaged in Action (YEA!) programming
  • Workforce Development: vocational training and job search and placement
  • Youth Development: youth career training and exploration, alternative high schools, year round and summer employment
  • Higher Education: affordable certificate and Associates Degree opportunities for low-income and working adults
  • Community Collaboration: partnership building, anti-poverty initiative partnerships, referral and resource sharing, provider education and training opportunities, policy research and advocacy
  • Volunteer Engagement

While Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) and Area Planning and Action Council (APAC) FY15 Workplans share common threads related to benefits access and enrollment, adult education, and case management, each site also features innovative programs and resources targeted to meet the specific needs of each neighborhood. Selected highlights for FY15 include:

  • ABCD Youth Academy (Dorchester NSC)
  • Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Program (Mattapan FSC)
  • Mobile Food Pantry Delivery (Allston/Brighton NOC)
  • Supermarket Shuttle Service for Seniors (North End/West End NSC)
  • US Citizenship Preparation and Immigration Services (Parker Hill-Fenway NSC and Boston Hispanic Center)
  • Youth and Young Adult Re-Entry and Job Readiness Training (South End NSC)
  • Family Nurturing Education Series for Parents (South Boston APAC)

 

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