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Fuel assistance deadline is extended to May 10

Bostonians who need help to pay their heating bills have more time to apply for assistance, according to the anti-poverty agency that administers a federally funded grant program. Eligible households can get up to $1,950 through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, an increase of $600 from last year. The deadline is now May 10. Action for Boston Community…

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State campaign encourages individual climate action

Avery Bleichfeld Massachusetts state officials are touting programs that they say will help people of all income levels access bigger-ticket climate actions in a new campaign launched this month. The campaign, from the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Department, advertises things like buying electric vehicles, weatherizing a home, installing heat pumps and using solar power as solutions individuals can pursue…

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Applications for futureBOS —  Boston’s youth jobs program — now open

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Youth Employment and Opportunity (YEO) today launched futureBOS, the 2024 Summer Youth Employment Program, including all Successlink job opportunities, for Boston youth and young adults ages 14 – 24.


Fuel assistance maximums grow, application deadline extended to May 10

ABCD has announced that the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now provides up to $1,950 in fuel assistance for eligible households. This amount is an increase from the $600 maximum announced at the beginning of the winter season, and represents carryover funding from fiscal year 2023.  The application deadline has been extended. Residents of Greater Boston have…

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Women’s History Month: ABCD women who lead

For more than 30 years, March has been designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation, and celebrates the contributions of women to this country and their respective fields of endeavor. At ABCD, women have a long history of leading – from Melnea Cass, the only woman appointed by Boston Mayor John Collins as a charter member of ABCD in 1962,…

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Local program to provide free tax prep services

For the 24th year, low- and moderate-income residents in Boston will have access to free tax preparation services through Action for Boston Community Development. The tax preparation program, run by ABCD in collaboration with the Boston Tax Help Coalition, offers free state and federal tax preparation assistance to Boston residents who earn $64,000 per year or less. Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD president…

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ABCD offers free tax prep for residents who earned up to $64,000 last year

by Gazette Staff • February 2, 2024  ABCD urges all residents of Boston who earned $64,000 or less in 2023 to schedule a FREE in-person tax prep appointment right away at one of our neighborhood sites by calling 617-348-6329 or visiting bostonabcd.org/tax. ABCD is a co-founder of the Boston Tax Help Coalition, a public-private collaboration with the City of Boston and a number…

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ABCD urges residents to apply for heating assistance

By Taylor Brokesh, Reporter CorrespondentJanuary 31, 2024 With winter temperatures now in full chill-mode, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging residents to apply for funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover utility costs. Massachusetts received $130 million from the federal government to disperse specifically for heating assistance, according to ABCD, the…

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US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITIES IN INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce.


Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. speaks at energy roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and local leaders

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. joined an esteemed group of leaders at a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen hosted by Roxbury Community College (RCC) to share the important and exciting efforts to promote clean energy and energy efficiency in Massachusetts. RCC Interim President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Governor Maura Healey, Mayor Michelle Wu, and leaders…

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