PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Funding "Critical" for MA Anti-Poverty Efforts, Post Pandemic

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

Around $5 million in funding for Community Action helped agencies with a variety of support systems in the past year, including keeping food pantries open during the pandemic. (aerogondo/Adobe Stock)
Around $5 million in funding for Community Action helped agencies with a variety of support systems in the past year, including keeping food pantries open during the pandemic. (aerogondo/Adobe Stock)
 By Lily Bohlke - Producer, Contact
May 5, 2021

TAUNTON, Mass. - Community Action Agencies say $5 million in the House version of the Massachusetts state budget next year would go a long way toward helping the most vulnerable communities recover from the pandemic.

Liz Berube, executive director of Citizens for Citizens Inc. in the Taunton-Fall River area, said the main aim of these agencies is to assist people facing crises in their everyday lives. While this past year has brought a series of crises, Berube said people will need support long after the pandemic is over.

"Not only are we trying to assist them with rent, we're trying to get them on fuel assistance," she said. "We'll also help them with the SNAP application. We will help them with their income taxes, if they're working."

That's only some of the resources they provide, she added. Berube said she's glad to see the funding for these services in the budget passed by the House last week, and hopes the state Senate will include it as well.

Joe Diamond, executive director of the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, said this budget line-item will give agencies more flexibility than many of the grants and other resources they receive, which often are targeted for a specific program, group or area.

"These resources will allow us to continue to be as nimble as possible in meeting the needs of people," he said, "in fact, needs that people have never experienced before, because we're entering a new era, a post-pandemic era."

Lawmakers also have introduced a bill to establish a commission to help address inequality, promote opportunity and end poverty. State Rep. Sally Kerans, D-Danvers, the bill's sponsor, said it's key that the commission would bring together people with different but complementary perspectives.

"What was it like to try to go through the fuel-assistance program? How difficult is it to put together seven nutritious meals a week? When you bring those real, day-to-day experiences together with research and data on earning potential, discrimination in wages, wage theft," she said, "there are so many issues that come into play."

Disclosure: Massachusetts Association for Community Action contributes to our fund for reporting on Housing/Homelessness, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Poverty Issues, Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.
References:  
H 294
House budget
Best Practices