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VIDEO: Federal cuts impact winter heating assistance for needy Boston residents 

by Kerry Kavanaugh of FOX25
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

BOSTON – Federal budget cuts are having a big impact on many low income Boston residents that rely on assistance for winter heating.

We're talking about a cut of about $200 this winter. The group we spoke with says it's possible the maximum amount of families can receive this year won't get them through this winter season.

Watch the video here.

Heating oil prices at their lowest since 2009 

By Jay Fitzgerald and Jack Newsham, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: ABCD Fuel Assistance LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Winter Emergency Campaign

For low-income families, the decline in heating oil prices could take some pressure off tight household budgets, offsetting rising rents and electric bills, said John Drew, president of Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, a nonprofit antipoverty agency that provides heating assistance in the Boston area. More than 180,000 households in Massachusetts qualify for federal heating assistance, and lower fuel oil prices mean their grants would buy more, Drew said.

“It helps offset all the other costs in their lives,” he said. “That’s the one dividend they have, that oil hasn’t gone up.” Read more here.

Beacon Hill Roll Call 

by Bob Katzen, Nashoba Publishing
Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/1/2015 Categories: LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

"THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives' votes on two roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on legislative rules for when the fiscal 2016 $38 billion budget is debated." read more.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES: Baker says he will 'never' run for president  

Sentinel & Enterprise
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/27/2015 Categories: LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

"John Drew, president of Action for Boston Community Development, noting that Massachusetts residents have until May 15 to apply for fuel assistance to help pay their utility heating bills and avoid shut-off." read more

 

Malden family says local non-profit took off with federal dollars 

Fox25
Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/19/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

MALDEN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Malden man says a local non-profit took off with federal dollars meant to provide assistance with heating bills for low-income families." Watch video here

 

Extreme weather impacting the U.S. economy 

by Jerika Duncan
Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/1/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families

"It's been a tale of two coasts, with different types of extreme weather conditions hitting different spots of the country, impacting the economy in some places." watch video here

The Curse Of The Cold: As Heat Assistance Runs Out, Advocates Ask State For Help  

by Craig LeMoult, WGBH News
Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/26/2015 Categories: ABCD LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

"It’s been a tough winter for 80-year-old Renaud Mirville of Mattapan." read more.

Frigid winter leads to spike in fuel assistance 

by Ignacio Laguarda, Wicked Local Brookline
Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/25/2015 Categories: LiHEAP LIHEAP Fuel Assistance
"Calls for heating assistance in Brookline have gone up dramatically from last year, reflective of a brutally cold and difficult winter." read more.

Community groups seek more heating aid  

by Jack Newsham, The Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/24/2015 Categories: ABCD LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

"Community service agencies in Massachusetts are pleading for more heating assistance dollars after they say a month of crippling storms has left the state’s poorest residents struggling to pay their bills." read more.

Despite The Snow, Maverick Square Community Tries to 'Get Things Going Again' 

by Zeninjor Enwemeka, WBUR News
Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/20/2015 Categories: ABCD LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

"In East Boston’s Maverick Square Thursday three things stood out: snowbanks, snowbanks and snowbanks. There were mountains of snow everywhere, shrinking the roads and in some cases cutting two-way streets down to the size of one-ways." read more.

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