Financial/Credit Counseling

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance

Phone: 

(617) 822-9100

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-6pm

Mission: 

The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) is a statewide non-profit group that works to encourage local and state government and businesses to invest more money in affordable housing. Since 1985, our organizing of tenants and home owners to voice concerns and break down barriers to affordable homeownership has resulted in 2.8 billion in investments. MAHA's research on important housing issues and our award winning homebuyer and homeowner classes for consumers in the Boston area, make the most of the programs MAHA has helped put in place.

Location

1803 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

People who take the classes come to buy homes

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

Members Plus Credit Union

Phone: 

(617) 265-6967

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon.- Wed., Fri.: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12 noon

Mission: 

As a non-profit organization owned by over 10,000 members, we serve the community and various employer groups. Our mission is to provide quality, innovative, competitive, and secure financial products and services to our expanding membership.

Location

Adams Village Branch
494 Gallivan Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

In order to become a member, a resident must open a savings account

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets

Phone: 

(617) 436-9980

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

To promote the historic preservation, protection, and use of the Geneva/Bowdoin section of Dorchester, including the area's commercial, civil, and religious enterprises and its residences. To take remedial action to eliminate the physical, economic, and social deterioration of the commercial district and contribute to the community's betterment.

Location

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Main Streets, City of Boston, DND, OBD, BRA, BYF, DBECD, LISC

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer at office.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Project Hope

Phone: 

(617) 442-1880

Fax: 

(617)238-0473

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Seven days a week

Mission: 

Project Hope works in partnership with families so they can move up and out of poverty. We do this by being a catalyst for change in the lives of families and in the systems which keep them poor; developing and providing family support solutions for homeless.

Locations

Family Residence & Children's Center
45 Magnolia Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Building & Main Offices
550 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition(DALC): Sarah Bayer (ABE/ESOL) - sbayer@prohope.org; Project Hope provides services in ABE, ESOL, GED, and Job Skills.  They have licensed child care and operate in morning and afternoons.

Adult Educational Services (AES): offers a basic adult education to more than 80 low-income women a year. It combines full time, intensive academics with creative programming to foster each woman's empowerment and self-development in mind, body, and spirit.

Children's Center: a high-quality, nationally accredited child care center for 26 homeless and low-income children, ages 0-6. Eighteen percent of Boston centers achieve this rigorous standard of national accreditation. The center promotes the whole child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth; targets children in crisis and with special needs; involves parents in promoting family literacy and kindergarten-readiness; and works for better access and quality child care in the broader community.

Family Child Care Business Enterprise (FCCBE): an innovative venture that trains 30 low-income women a year for child care careers and oversees a network of 20+ home-based family day care businesses. Trainees take part in college-level child development coursework, internships, and business preparation. The day care providers are assisted with their professional development and business success.

Family Shelter: one of the first homeless shelters for families in the state and remains a model for its respectful and empowering approach. Approximately 20 women and their children are sheltered each year.

Housing Service: assists Dorchester/Roxbury families with various housing issues. A team of experienced staff provides housing counseling, landlord negotiation, housing search assistance, budgeting advice and training, emergency rental funds, and more.

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP): founded to assist women—single mothers predominantly—and other community members in the Dudley neighborhood who found that without adequate training and an accessible path to employers their dreams of living wage jobs were out of reach. Aids in job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities, and ongoing case management support during the program and for a full year after job placement.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/29/2011

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (ABCD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am - 5pm

Mission: 

To expand resource access for family members and individuals in Dorchester.

Location

ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston Family Inc., National Community Action Programs, City Action, City of Boston Department of Community Development

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in or apply for afterschool and the summer program

Key Programs Offered: 

ABCD Dorchester neighborhood service center provides: fuel assistance for low-income families, free tax preparation, an after school program from 2pm-5pm,  help with food-stamp and Mass Health applications. ABCD also has a job development program that helps individuals with resumes and job searches, and has a summer works program for youth ages 14-21. Most of the services and programs are free but some go by a sliding scale and/or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/05/2010

Putnam Place Boys Program, Cambridge Family & Children's Service

Phone: 

617-876-4210

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Staffed 24/7

Mission: 

Our mission is to guide and empower young adults into a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on personal growth and community connections using positive role models and neighborhood based programs. The Putnam Place Boys Program targets adolescent males.

Location

Putnam Place Boys Program
78 Glendale Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Cambridge Family and Children's Services

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents are referred to our program through their social workers. We are always looking for capable, motivated staff to work in our program. Contact Elizabeth Woods, Program Director of Putnam Place.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/08/2011

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