Federal Home Heating Aid Not Meeting Families’ Needs, Lawmakers Warn

As Reported by Chris Lisinski, State House News:

Additional $15M In New State Heating Aid Sought

Thousands of Massachusetts families risk running out of heating oil this winter without additional assistance from the state, an advocate warned Wednesday as lawmakers began pushing for new funding to augment federal aid.

MASSCAP and Community Action Agencies Launch Annual Volunteer Free Tax Preparation Program that Aids Low Income Families

· Earned Income Tax Awareness Day ·

Today the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) along with the 23 Community Action Agencies in the state were joined by Congressman Richard Neal, and Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Natalie Blais among others in kicking off this year’s tax season by launching the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) as well as recognizing the importance of accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Quincy is changing, but poverty hangs on

As Reported by Jill Terreri Ramos, Boston Globe Correspondent:

Poverty is not very visible among Quincy’s newly built apartments and condominiums and increasingly expensive single-family homes.