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    Boston Offers Financial Support to Recovering Drug Addicts
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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 09: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh addresses the media during a press conference to announce Boston as the U.S. applicant city to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on January 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images for the USOC)

    Boston is offering recovering drug addicts financial support to help with their housing, educational and employment needs.

    Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh says PAIR, or the Personal Advancement for Individuals in Recovery initiative, is the first of its kind in the nation. His administration announced the effort last week.

    PAIR will award grants averaging about $2,500 to low-income individuals in early recovery. The funds can go toward paying rent or purchasing materials for college or training courses, among other things.

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's charity, the Letters Foundation, has committed $100,000 to the effort. The Gavin Foundation, a Boston substance abuse treatment agency, will refer individuals to the program.

    And the Mayor's Office of Recovery Services will coordinate and evaluate the initiative, as well as conduct workshops on housing, workforce development and education.

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