Author: Connor Mattson

Connor Schoen and Tony Shu are taking action in ending young adult homelessness with actionable steps to stable employment

Connor Schoen and Tony Shu, who met as undergraduates at Harvard, cofounded Breaktime with a mission to end young adult homelessness by providing them with employment opportunities. In this story, Vickie, a young woman experiencing homelessness, discusses her job at an ABCD food pantry in Boston’s South End neighborhood. WATCH NOW


Get Ready to Pay More to Heat Your Home This Winter. Here’s Why

The price of heating oil last year was $2.08 per gallon — now it’s $3.21 With cold weather on the horizon, the cost of heating oil and natural gas is going up. It affects everyone, but especially people with a low or fixed income. People like Marjorie Sartori, who lives with her two grandsons in Malden, Massachusetts. “Usually, I can’t…

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ABCD Says Low-income Residents Face Perfect Storm as Home Heating Costs Rise, Winter Cold Descends

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 13, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org ABCD Says Low-income Residents Face Perfect Storm as Home Heating Costs Rise, Winter Cold Descends Thousands forced to choose between heat, food, rent, medicine With dramatic increases in home heating costs predicted, ABCD warns that residents of the Boston area and other cold-weather regions will face a perfect storm of painful…

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ABCD Hoop Dreams at TD Garden to benefit at-risk youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 12, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Boston Celtics President of Baseball Operations Brad Stevens and Sports Writer & Basketball Guru Bob Ryan to host ABCD Hoop Dreams at TD Garden to benefit at-risk youth Boston businesses and super fans draft teams to play b-ball on the legendary parquet NBC Sports Boston’s Michael Holley to emcee; Bob Ryan…

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The Red Sox’ playoff race has been great, even with their late-season stumbles

“Brad Stevens, Bob Ryan, and Michael Holley will be out front for the annual ABCD Hoop Dreams of Champions at TD Garden Nov. 2. For a chance to play on the parquet floor and contribute to a great cause, contact elizabeth.mccarthy@bostonabcd.org or call 617-620-6949.” READ MORE


Housing equity bill is urgent to hold pandemic-related suffering at bay

I applaud Timothy Scalona’s urgent call for the Legislature to pass the COVID-19 housing equity bill (“The eviction crisis is upon us — the Legislature must act,” Opinion, Sept. 9). Action for Boston Community Development has worked feverishly to meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities throughout a pandemic that has ravaged their health and stability. While some area residents have emerged…

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Massachusetts Workers’ Expiring Unemployment Benefits Won’t Solve Labor Shortage, Experts Say

More than 300,000 Massachusetts workers who lost jobs during the pandemic are about to cash their last unemployment checks this week, but experts are not expecting the end of pandemic-related jobless benefits to solve the state’s labor shortage. … Advocates are scrambling to connect hundreds of thousands of people losing unemployment checks with other aid such as food benefits, cash…

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ABCD’S John Drew Receives National Robert M. Coard Innovation Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 2, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org NCAP Honors ABCD Leadership at Annual Convention in Boston Boston, MA – John J. Drew, President/CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, will be honored on September 2 at the national convention in Boston of the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP). Drew will receive the Robert M. Coard Innovation Award for his exceptional work…

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More than 300,000 will soon lose jobless benefits in Mass. The looming cutoff reveals an economy divided by extremes

In the ultimate act of unfortunate timing, the pandemic-era unemployment benefits for some 7.5 million people will run out on or justbefore Labor Day, the federal holiday that honors the contributions of American workers. The largest such cutoff in history, affecting more than 300,000 in Massachusetts, is taking place as the coronavirus pandemic that caused unprecedented job losses escalates once again, casting a…

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Drew: Note to universal pre-k planners – we already have Head Start

Across America, many are applauding the Senate passage on Aug. 12 of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package as a first step in advancing the largest safety net expansion since the 1960s. That legislation aims to expand health care, fund climate change programs and provide free preschool and community college among other “human infrastructure” initiatives that will increase quality of…

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