ABCD urges families in need to sign up for assistance with food, rent, other essentials at ABCD Neighborhood Centers

ABCD is all about access: the organization’s community-based network of centers throughout Boston and Mystic Valley ensures that individuals and families experiencing financial strain and in need of vital resources can find the help they need without traveling far.

And despite signs of economic recovery in Massachusetts, tens of thousands of disadvantaged people in Greater Boston are behind on their bills and in distress.

Help is here. ABCD staff members are ready to assist with urgent needs, empowering youth programs, vital elder services, longer-term avenues to financial stability including education and job training, and more.

For those who haven’t signed up for the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments included in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, ABCD employees can demystify and assist with the process. It provides eligible families with $3,600 annually per child under age 6 and $3,000 per child ages 6-17 years old.

“Right now the CTC covers only 2021. Parents and advocates should urge their members of Congress to make it permanent, as proposed in the American Rescue Plan, said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “This resource cuts a direct path out of child poverty – we must keep it alive.”

Learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov. For help with this and other federal and state stimulus assistance, visit bostonabcd.org to find your nearest ABCD neighborhood center or call 617.348.6000.