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With the support of social service organizations that provide health and human services throughout Massachusetts and in collaboration with Massachusetts Association of Information and Referral Specialists (MAIRS) the United Way introduces this statewide Information & Referral System. With this confidential call, you will find contact information for many needs from housing, to government benefits and especially during a crisis situation, call 211
Need to check out a business, contractor or a business practice that seems to be questionable. This site will help you do just that.
Mayor Menino's 24 Hour Constituent Service Office now offers online assistance through Citizens Connect. You will find links to forms, permits, applications, service requests and payments. A slew of good information for all boston citizens?
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD),and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC),the first public health department in the US,have pooled their resources to provide site visitors with accurate and up-to-date information on the wide variety of human services available across the city of Boston.
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs.
Their primary objective is to assist and educate consumers and sellers of goods and services about consumer protection laws. CACís secondary objective is to insure that consumer transactions are conducted in a fair and equitable manner and that ethical merchants are protected from unjustified complaints.
Throughout Massachusetts there are consumer service groups whos mission is to help you find help and assistance with a variety of of needs. To find contact information for those agencies follow this link. new 11/19/11
A guide by the MA state Treasurer's office for all Massachusetts residents who need help in finding services, information and assistance.
This project helps provide basci furniture, home and baby goods to families in the Merrimack Valley area. This program helps families gain independence while at the same time saving our enviroment by reusing goods rather than discarding them in our landfills. This link is for familes who need goods as well as donors who would like to recycle their slightly used still funtional items.
In cooperation with faith based organizations they provide recycled household goods for individuals and families in need. From furnishings to pots and pans and small appliances can be donated as well as received. In order to learn more about this agency and the service they provide visit their website here:
The Budget Control Act of 2011 mandates cuts in federal spending among "discretionary" and "non-exempt" mandatory programs. About half of the spending cuts each year will impact the Department of Defense (the U.S. military) and the other half will affect non-defense spending. Programs described on this web site that could receive modest cuts in funding (about 9% on average for the remainder of FY 2013) include the following:
This links you to the informational flyer on RCAP solutions Family Self Sufficiency program.
Affordable phone service help! The Lifeline and Link-Up programs are available to qualifying consumers in every state, territory, and commonwealth. Eligibility criteria vary by state. States that have their own Lifeline program may have their own criteria. For states that rely solely on the federal Lifeline and Link-Up program eligibility criteria, subscribers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines, or participate in one of the following assistance programs:
Whether you are a tenant, landlord, property manager or housing professional: When housing problems happen, things can go from bad to worse, and quickly, if not handled well. For FREE* or affordable services to help you deal with your difficult dispute effectively and in a way that can help you maintain your valuable relationships go to this site.
This Christian ministry delivers essential furniture and food free of charge to those in need. To find out contact information please visit their website here:
The Nantional Consumer Law Center focuses on conusmer education.You will find in depth information on topics such as banking,credit,mortgages, foreclosure,utility, energy efficiency and more. Most brochures are also offered in varied languages. A link that is worthwhile to bookmark for future informaiton.
This is a program that connects young Bostonians with varied resources targeted to them. The resources vary from home purchase to business develpment and professional networking opportunities, as well as civic involvement and social entertainment information. If you are 20 to 34 years old and you live in Boston, this is a site you should visit.
Food, Shelter and crisis resources for Bostonís South Shore: This website has links to info on Housing, clothing, domestic violence, education, employment, fuel assistance, furniture, holiday help, homelessness, hunger, job and life skills and nutritional assistance
The Merrimack Valley Small Business Center provides entrepreneurs from ethnically and economically diverse groups with the education, tools, and resources needed to create, sustain, and grow viable small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.
Going back to work after a health related absence can affect your benefits. This information published by the Institute of Community Inclusion of UMASS Boston explains the rules and the programs available to people who can benefit from them.
The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) was founded in 1994 in a plan to provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. To learn about their services follow this link.