ROAD TO OPPORTUNITY:  FINDING THE WAY FORWARD
August 7, 2019
THANK YOU GOVERNOR AND MA LEGISLATURE! TOGETHER WE ARE CREATING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THE FY20 BUDGET.
POLICY MATTERS: Creating Opportunity in FY20
We thank the Governor and the Legislature for  prioritizing the needs of our low-income residents  and providing opportunity in the MA FY20 budget.

We are thrilled to see the following line items that bridge the wage gap, strengthen families through affordable and accessible early education and care and create a foundation for economic opportunity included:
  • $200,000 for Free Tax Prep for Low-Income Wage Earners through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Sites (1201-0100)
  • $20 M for Early Educators Salaries (3000-1042)
  • $12 M for HeadStart (3000-5000) 
  • $10,065,311 for Child Care Resource Referral Access Management in Early Education Program (3000-2000) 

  • $5 M for Support Services for Unaccompanied Youth Housing and Wraparound Services (4000-0007) 
We continue to advocate for policies that strengthen families, bridge the wage gap, create economic opportunity, and strengthen the human services infrastructure - all of which reduce inequality.  
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION 
Stay tuned for FY21 Public Policy Priorities.

Our next Poverty Forum will take place in Fall River in conjunction with Citizens for Citizens and PACE on October 11 - the Community Action Agencies serving Fall River, New Bedford and the surrounding communities.  Details to come. 

Save the date for our Constituent Services Briefing on November 13 in Room 428 at MA State House.

Check out our Comprehensive Job Readiness Curriculum Guide. Now an Open Source Document!
COMMUNITY ACTION IN MA

Our Mission
To strengthen and connect the statewide network of Community Action Agencies and collectively advocate for an end to poverty.

Our Vision
All MA residents will be able to meet their basic needs, access economic opportunities, build strong communities and move toward prosperity...

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There are 23 Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts serving virtually every city and town in the state.   To locate the agency in your area and learn more about the programs they offer,  click here .

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