Read the latest MASSCAP news including network and agency news, policy and program updates, and opinion and advocacy pieces.

Pittsfield: VITA program offers free tax preparation

As reported by The Berkshire Eagle:

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and Berkshire Community Action Council, with support from Berkshire United Way, will offer free filing of 2016 federal and state income taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, now through Sunday, April 16.

ABCD launches #SaveHeadStart, opens new site with Cardinal O’Malley

As reported by SAMPAN:

ABCD will celebrate the opening of its new Head Start center serving Boston’s Chinatown and South End communities on February 22from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

MASSCAP Public Policy Briefing on February 2, 2017

A Breakfast Briefing on Poverty & Opportunity
A Review of MASSCAP’s Public Policy Priorities When:        February 2, 2017 10:30 a.m.

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.

Low Income Residents to Receive Free Tax Preparation

As reported by Sy Becker, 22 News WWLP:

Free help is available for thousands of families that need to file their taxes.

Join Us on January 27: Statewide Kickoff of EITC and VITA Programs

Join us along with federal, state and local elected and appointed officials as well as Community Action Agencies and local partners to help kick off the start of the 2017 tax season (for the 2016 tax year) on Friday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m.

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.

South Shore Community Action Council hosts Japanese reporter to discuss childhood poverty

As reported by Wicked Local Plymouth:

PLYMOUTH – South Shore Community Action Council recently hosted a Japanese reporter from Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper with bureaus across the globe, including offices in New York and Washington D.C.

Attorney General joins with MASSCAP and legal partners to address foreclosure crisis

MASSCAP and its members are partnering with the Attorney General to implement a first in the nation distressed homeowner assistance program launched by the AGO in April: HomeCorps.