ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development)
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-348-6000, TTY 617-423-9215
Web site:


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Programs include adult education, GED preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), employment and training, food pantries, fuel assistance, housing assistance, early education and care, youth services, citizenship assistance, and elder services. Some ABCD neighborhood sites offer assistance with the Earned Income Tax Credit, tax preparation, and financial literacy.

Call for further information about each program.

Referral from Hunger Hotline (800-645-8333) required for many food pantry services. Call M - F: 8am - 7pm or Sat: 10am-2pm.

Service hours:

Downtown office: M - F: 9am - 5pm

Requirements / Restrictions:

Most programs are open to residents of Boston and nearby suburbs. Suburban residents should call and check on eligibility. Some programs also have income-eligibility requirements.


Cost depends on the program. Most programs are free. Ask when calling.


English, Spanish, French, Creole, Somali, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Bosnian. Ask about specific languages at program or neighborhood office when calling.

Other locations:

Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center (NOC)

640 Washington St., Suite 203 Brighton 617-903-3640

Asian American Civic Association

87 Tyler St. 5th Floor, Chinatown, Boston 617-426-9492

City-wide Boston Hispanic Center

Located within the Jamaica Plain APAC at 30 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain 617-522-4839

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center

110 Claybourne St. Dorchester 617-288-2700

East Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC)

21 Meridian St. East Boston 617-567-8857

Roxbury/N. Dorchester NOC

22 Elm Hill Ave., Roxbury 617-442-5900

Jamaica Plain APAC

30 Bickford St. Jamaica Plain (in the Bromley Health Housing Development) 617-522-4250

JFK Family Service Center

23A Moulton St. Charlestown 617-241-8866

Mattapan Family Service Center

535 River St. Mattapan 617-298-2045

Mystic Valley Opportunity Center

110 Pleasant St., 3rd Floor Malden 781-321-3431

North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center

1 Michelangelo St. Boston 617-523-8125

Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center

714 Parker St. Roxbury 617-445-6000

South Boston APAC

424 W. Broadway St. South Boston 617-269-5160

South End Neighborhood Service Center

554 Columbus Ave. Boston 617-267-7400

South End NSC has a program specifically for returning citizens

ABCD South Side

19 Corinth St. Roslindale 617-327-1152

South Boston Head Start - Old Colony

125 Mercer St. South Boston 617-752-4449


For downtown office: Green line: Boylston St.; Red line: Downtown Crossing; Orange line: Chinatown; Silver line (old bus #49): Temple Street (end of line)

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(Categories for this entry: Education, Employment, Food, Fuel Assistance)

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