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Trainings for Community Advocates

The following is a list of upcoming trainings that may be of interest to legal advocates in Massachusetts who handle poverty law issues, or to social services advocates who help low-income clients seeking legal help and information. Click on the title of the training for more information, including location.
Training Description Date/Time
SSI & SSDI Basics

Social Security disability programs continue to be a major source of cash and health benefits for individuals with disabilities. However, dealing with a large federal agency can be daunting and overwhelming, especially for an unrepresented claimant. The...

11/03/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Overview of the TAFDC Program, Massachusetts' Cash Assistance Program for Families

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash assistance program for...

12/10/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Tenants' Rights

This training is for community and lay advocates, mediators, housing and legal advocates, and others interested in having a better understanding of tenants' rights in Massachusetts. The training focuses on evictions, getting repairs made, rents, and...

01/26/2021 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
SNAP/Food Stamps Advocacy 101

The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for thousands of Massachusetts residents. Families and individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP...

02/03/2021 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Utilities - Advocacy for Low-Income Households

This training covers the broad range of topics that arise when low-income households are trying to initiate or protect their utility service, as well as pay their non-utility energy bills (oil, and propane).

Topics will include: how to start...

02/03/2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Health Care Access Programs

This training is designed to help attendees understand Medicaid and other subsidized health programs available to people under age 65 in Massachusetts. The program provides an overview of the eligibility requirements for MassHealth, ConnectorCare and...

02/25/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Income Maximization for the Working Poor


This session is an overview focusing on various supplemental benefits and assistance programs which help working families and individuals to maximize their income and reduce their expenses. This training is designed as an overview of benefits. The...

03/03/2021 - 9:15am to 3:00pm
Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance (UI) is a critical safety net during periods of joblessness. This seminar provides you with the expertise you need to understand the UI system and to help your clients get the UI benefits to which they are legally entitled. Our...

03/11/2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Immigrants and Public Benefits

This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. The trainers include both immigration lawyers and legal experts in different public benefit programs. It...

04/08/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
State and Federal Veterans' Benefits

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, veterns, law advocates, legislative aides, and anyone else who wants to learn about the basics of state and federal veterans' benefits.

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04/22/2021 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Elder Benefits Programs

Due in part to the high cost of living, older adults in Massachusetts have the second lowest levels of economic security in the nation. This training provides an overview of the key public benefits programs to help older adults meet their basic needs....

05/05/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

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