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Community Action Agencies and MASSCAP Kick Off Tax Season with 2018 Launch of Volunteer Tax Assistance Program that Aids Low Income Families

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The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council today joined State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D – Andover), State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D – Newburyport), State Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D – Methuen), State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D – Methuen), State Representative Juana Matias (D – Lawrence), and State Representative Frank Moran (D – Lawrence) in kicking off this year’s tax season by launching the annual volunteer tax assistance program (VITA).

After uncertainty, Massachusetts gets heating assistance funds

As reported by Brian Benson, Daily News Staff, and Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local Newsbank Editor:

Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, the state’s home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temperatures are beginning to drop.

Trump’s budget would hit Massachusetts programs

As Reported by Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local Newsbank Editor, Wicked Local Newburyport:

Social services providers, environmental advocates and others warn that Massachusetts would suffer dire effects under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

Press Release: In Response to Proposed Federal Budget Blueprint

Statement from Joe Diamond, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, In Response to Proposed Federal Budget Blueprint

“Cutting the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) will not only adversely affect thousands of residents of Massachusetts but will also remove millions of dollars from communities across the Commonwealth.

Plymouth Chamber honors longtime community leader

As reported by Boston Herald:

A longtime champion of services to those in need — who helped build and expand the South Shore Community Action Council — was honored yesterday by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

LEO Keeping Lynn Warm With Heat Help

As reported by Thor Jourgensen, Item Live:

With a part-time income barely covering her rent, Jennifer Caruso came to Lynn Economic Opportunity on Thursday to get heating assistance.

APAC Fuel Assistance Program is in Full Swing

As reported by John Lynds, East Boston Times-Free Press:

As the weather gets colder Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)  Energy Programs Director Kathy Tobin expects more residents will be signing up for the annual Fuel Assistance Program at ABCD’s Meridian Street APAC office.

Newton solar array will help low-income residents save money

As reported by Jonathan Dame, Wicked Local Newton:

Electricity generated at one of the city’s solar arrays will help low-income Newton residents save on their energy bills through a first-of-its-kind program unveiled Wednesday, officials said.