A message from CAPIC's Executive DirectorNovember 20, 2014
I am both outraged and devastated by the news given to me today at 4:48 pm by DHCD that the Governor has exercised his 9c powers to eliminate CAPIC’s Special Earmark. The Earmark supports in full CAPIC’s Emergency Services Program. It funds three positions and provides emergency food, rental help, emergency shelter for dozens of area residents. What makes this action even more deplorable is that was made retroactive to July 1, 2014, nullifying funds that have already been spent on salary and services. We also have service commitments made that must now be withdrawn. This action eliminates our ability to respond to any housing related situations that occur on a daily basis. We have already spent $90,000.00, which now represents a deficit. Current obligations represent another several thousand dollars, which will be cancelled. It has been suggested that the new Administration may be more sensitive toward this dilemma and I believe that will likely be the case, however to maintain the staff and services while knowingly managing a deficit will require authorization from CAPIC’s Board and will also be a troubling problem if the new Administration is unable to restore funding.
I can’t help but wonder why this state government with multi-layers of bureaucrats cannot be more creative in developing solutions! I see the Governor has spent a king’s ransom on office remodeling, but strikes at the poor! Once again, take it out on those who can’t fight back…
We appreciate your support, caring and continued leadership.
Tax Preparation Volunteers NeededOctober 9, 2014
CAPIC is seeking volunteer tax counselors to help low-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns and claim eligible tax credits. Help low-income families in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. Trainings scheduled for Devember & January. If interested, contact us at email@example.com or call (617) 884-6130.More
CAPIC Fuel Assistance SeasonSeptember 17, 2014
CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program is open for the 2014-2015 season. Clients who received assistance last winter will be mailed an application package for this year’s program. New clients need to make an appointment to apply and can call 617-884-6130 to schedule a date.More
Space Heater Fire SafetyFebruary 3, 2014
Sixty-three (63) space heater fires were reported to the Office of the State
Fire Marshal between 2007 and 2011. While these fires are not frequent, they are deadly. One of every 11 space heater fires causes a fatality. These fires caused six civilian deaths, 12 civilian injuries, 16 fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $3.9 million.The average dollar loss for a space heater fire is $61,169. Twenty-two percent (22%) of these fires were caused when combustible materials such as bedding, magazines, newspapers, clothing or furniture were too close to the heater, and another 5% were caused when rugs, carpets or mats were under or too close to the heater.
CAPIC Receives Boston Foundation GrantJanuary 7, 2014
According to Robert Repucci, the grant will be used for emergency energy assistance for eligible residents of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.