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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


ABCD and City of Boston pop-ups bring rental assistance directly to neighborhoods

Last month’s end of the national eviction moratorium coincided with dire news that across the country, 90% of federal rental assistance funds had yet to be distributed. In response, ABCD and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development are mobilizing — literally — to get the word out and applications in. Funded with a $20,000 grant from the City,…

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

NCAP Honors ABCD Leadership at Annual Convention in Boston The National Community Action Partnership presented ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew with the Robert M. Coard Innovation Award for his exceptional work in advancing community-wide solutions that provide pathways for children and families to thrive.  The award was presented during the NCAP awards gala on the evening of September 2 at…

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Career center wins gold award for employment services to veterans

MassHire Metro North Career Center, operated by ABCD since July 2020, has been awarded a Veterans Employment and Training Program Performance and Incentive Award for its outstanding service to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. When in-person services closed down, its JVSG team (Jobs for Veterans State Grants) quickly adapted to a new way of working, collaborating with leadership to adopt the technology required for high…

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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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FROM STOP-GAP MEASURES TO LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS:

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew urges vision, collaboration After 18 months of a global health crisis, our country and the world have been conditioned to respond. We train our focus on the next milestone in the hope that it will lead to a meaningful turnaround. But it’s time for leaders to transition from a reactive to a proactive mindset in…

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