FINANCES

Here is where you will get tips on how to maintain finances and tutorials on apps for finances 

MONEY MANAGEMENT

 
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​According to Mint.com, “Money is for living. That’s why we’ve created the simplest and most effective way to manage, save and grow your money... and why Mint.com is free.” 

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​The Money and Finance section of QuickandDirtyTips.com is a fun place to get easy-to-understand information about everything from credit cards to home mortgages. Most resources are available as podcasts (spoken to you as if on the radio) or simple-to-read documents.

CREDIT

 
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Good credit history is crucial in today's economy and can help provide access to financial products that help individuals save money and weather unexpected expenses more easily. More than just a number, credit scores can make or break your ability to achieve your goals, from buying a cell phone to buying a home.

 

ONLINE BANKING

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​"Ready, Set, Bank℠ gives people everywhere the tools and confidence to start banking online. Our videos guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances electronically."

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

 
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​Do you need help buying fresh, nutritious food? You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.

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The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance has resources for employees.

  • To file for unemployment benefits online, click here.

  • You can watch a tutorial video on how to file online, click here.

  • For assistance by phone, call (617) 626-6338, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Voice relay 711 via their website.

  • The Boston Globe published this helpful article on applying for unemployment in MA due to the health crisis.

TAXES

 
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Boston Tax Help Coalition is a website that offers four different programs to help folks. The four programs they are offering are Free Tax Preparation which is their core service program that offers free tax and wealth-building services available to all eligible low and moderate-income taxpayers in Boston. The Ambassador Program is their outreach program, the Taxpayers with Disabilities which expands tax and asset building services to taxpayers with disabilities, their Financial Check-Up Program, and their Financial Coaching Available through the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment.

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  • The MA Department of Transitional Assistance is now allowing phone applications for cash benefits. Their website also has easy-to-use tabs to determine eligibility and apply.

  • The TAFDC (Transitional Aid for Families with Dependent Children) program is for families with minor children, and the EAEDC (Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children) program is for seniors over 65 (who do not receive SSI Supplemental Security Income), disabled individuals, and certain guardians and caretakers who are not yet on SSI. Call 617-348-5354 to apply by phone.