Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in lack of education and training, in lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities which to live and bring up their children.
–President Johnson, State of the Union, January 8, 1964

MA Community Action Agencies (CAAs) provide a range of programs to help Massachusetts individuals and families across the state.


Adult Education & Workforce Development

Workforce development activities help adults obtain the education and skills they need to secure jobs that will enable them to support their families.


Access to Benefits

There are many services and benefits available to help moderate to low-income families.

Early Education & Care

Early Education & Care services are designed to make sure that children grow up healthy, are ready to start school, and are cared for in safe stimulating early education and care settings. Early Education & Care services support parents and caregivers so they can work, attend school and strive to build a better life for their families.

a group of children

Energy Programs

Fuel Assistance services help eligible individuals pay for heating their house or apartment during the heating season (between November 1st and April 30th of each year). Energy conservation services help with home improvements that improve efficiency and lower household heating costs.

Food, Nutrition, and Health

Food, Nutrition and Health services help families and individuals with limited resources by providing food relief, help applying for SNAP benefits, by promoting nutrition awareness and developing community support for hunger program and offering assistance applying for Mass Health.

Housing Programs

Housing services help by advocating for affordable housing for low and moderate income families. There are many supports available related to Housing Services.

Money Management

Good financial management skills can help families learn to save and reach their long term goals. Knowing how to budget, saving toward a goal or saving for an asset, such as college, owning a small business or purchasing a home, can foster long-term asset building and economic mobility for families. There is a range of financial capability services available that help families realize their dreams.