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

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.

ABCD urge households in-need to apply for fuel assistance as winter continues, April 30 deadline

As reported by Sampan:

The forecast of frigid sub-zero temps, more snow and ice storms indicate that this unpredictable yet frigid winter is far from over.

Mass. awards $7.9 million in workforce training grants to 111 Mass. companies

As reported by the Boston Business Journal:

The state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced $7.9 million in workforce training fund grants to 111 Massachusetts companies, saying the funds will be used to train 5,243 workers and create an expected 522 new jobs.

ABCD lobbies to save Head Start early-learning program from ax

As reported by Kathleen McKiernan, The Boston Herald:

Fearing federal cuts to Head Start, Action for Boston Community Development has launched a lobbying effort to fight for the early education program for low-income children and families.

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.

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.

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.