Month: October 2022

New Fuel Assistance Applications Accepted

November 1, 2022 ABCD urges Greater Boston residents to confirm their eligibility. More families may qualify for help with fuel costs than what may be realized! WHAT:            ABCD is accepting new applications for Fuel Assistance. Electric and gas prices have recently skyrocketed, along with inflation. Families at most income levels are struggling to keep up…

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Protecting Women, Combatting Misinformation

During this time of division, Massachusetts has chosen to serve as a state which will support women’s rights to abortion, alongside New York, California, Washington, and others. However, not everyone in the state has the same opinion. Misinformation is being spread about abortion to try and prevent people from going ahead with these procedures. For Massachusetts to become a haven…

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Mass. Fuel Assistance Program Looking To Help Residents Pay High Heat Bills

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Heating bills here in The Commonwealth will likely be going up this winter, but the Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program is looking to help shoulder some of that burden. The program, formally known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps people under a certain income by giving them money to help pay a portion of…

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Pressley meets with constituents in Roxbury

Student debt relief, maternal health among concerns heard Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley responded to constituent questions and concerns about student debt relief, Black maternal health, reparations and climate change at a Boston event on Oct. 19. The event, part of a series called Coffee with the Congresswoman where community members can meet with Pressley, was hosted by Action for Boston Community…

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Heating Worries Mount Amid Growing Costs

This week, a gallon of home heating oil in Massachusetts sold on average for $5.71 a gallon. Last year at this time, it was $3.30 a gallon – that’s a 73% increase “It’s a very, very high bill.” Shirlee Thurston’s latest heating oil bill is a frightening prospect only weeks before Halloween and the arrival of the winter months. “Close…

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ABCD on WBUR: LIHEAP benefits announced; more funding needed to help families stay warm and healthy this winter.

Clark Celebrates Opening of New Head Start in Medford, Child Care Funding

Assistant Speaker Clark joined Action for Boston Community Development to celebrate the new Head Start Center in Medford and highlight federal funding that’s helping families access affordable child care MEDFORD, MA. – Yesterday, on October 18, 2022, Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark (MA-5) joined representatives of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) to celebrate Medford’s…

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Assistant Speaker Clark Celebrates Medford Head Start Grand Opening


Food For The Soul, Mind and Body

Committed to strengthening our food security program, ABCD has several new initiatives underway. In February, upon completion of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding, ABCD received a $250,000 grant from the Office of Community Services (OCS) to continue our Food Delivery Program in partnership with Stop n’ Shop that was established during the height of COVID. Our Food Delivery Program is featured in an OCS Freedom from Hunger Initiative video,…

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In An Historic Appointment, ABCD Board Names Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO

First woman to lead renowned antipoverty agency looks forward to opportunity in an era of new challenges and tremendous change. (BOSTON, MA) – The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named long-time executive vice president/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who…

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