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ABCD served over 87,000 clients in FY2012 through an array of programs that helped them to access work, school, and the benefits they need to stabilize their families and move towards self-sufficiency.
ABCD serves Boston's low-income individual and families through a network of Neighborhood Service Centers, Area Planning and Action Councils, Head Start sites, and affiliates in every neighborhood. Basic demographic data shows that in FY 2012:
- 74% of our clients were female; 44% of these were single mothers
- 35% of clients were between 24 and 44 years old
- 33% were Black
- 26% were Hispanic
- 19% were Asian
- 56% lived at 100-percent of Federal Poverty Level or below, and more than 5,800 clients reported zero income
- 71% of clients had a high school diploma or less, and 33% had less than a high school education
- 14% of clients were disabled
ABCD provides services at its central offices and through a citywide network of neighborhood-based service centers. ABCD programs and services assist low-income residents of Boston to stabilize and improve their lives, and move out of poverty. In 2012, these services reached 87,352 low-income individuals and 43,713 households, and included:
- Neighborhood “Place-Based” Initiatives: Reached 18,358 households.
- Energy Assistance: Kept the heat on for 17,963 households with LIHEAP assistance. Helped 1,720 lower their energy bills with weatherization services and heating system upgrades and 2,856 single family households received appliance audits and product upgrades.
- Housing and Homelessness Prevention Services: Helped 138 households prevent foreclosure, provided housing assistance and stabilization services to 1,870, supported 134 with emergency rent or mortgage assistance, and helped 485 obtain or maintain housing.
- Food Security: Reached 3,636 families through emergency food pantries, distributing 150,000 boxes of food and 324,320 pounds of food and helped 213 obtain Food Stamp benefits.
- Health Services: Reached 28,150 individuals with disease prevention and reproductive health care. Helped 315 obtain health insurance.
- Education and Career Development for Adults: Reached 330 adults with ABE/GED services and 682 with ESOL courses. 139 students graduated with Associates Degrees or certificates. Provided 755 with job assistance, and helped 262 obtain jobs.
- Immigration Services: Helped 1,075 individuals complete US citizenship applications, provided 100 individuals with US citizenship courses, assisted 87 individuals obtain US citizenship and 12 individuals obtain permanent residency. Assisted 23 individuals complete the Family Member Petition Application.
- Youth Programs: 167 youth enrolled in alternative high schools and connected 808 youth with summer employment and 68 year-round youth employment.
- Elder Services: Helped 2,878 seniors maintain independent lives through case management and other services, assisted 503 seniors with Medicare counseling sessions and provided 25 with prescription pick-up or hospital advocacy services. Served 9,000 hot meals and snacks to seniors and 1,654 seniors with food through the Senior Brown Bag Program. 204 participated in exercise and wellness classes.
- Early Childhood Education and Care: Reached 2,848 pre-schoolers, infants, and toddlers with Head Start. Helped 10,072 families access childcare through referral and voucher programs.
- Asset Development: Helped 5,373 households with free tax assistance, returning $8,550,442 to poor communities in refunds and Earned Income Tax Credit. Provided 83 with comprehensive financial literacy education and 177 with credit counseling.
- Volunteer Support: 1,743 volunteers donated 274,687 hours to ABCD and our customers.
- Holiday Joy: Holiday toys were given to 2,300 families. Provided 781 families with 4,949 pounds of food for the holidays through the Holiday Meals program