Struggling families urged to apply for heat assistance as pandemic surges, winter approaches

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging senior citizens and families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to apply for home heating fuel assistance as winter approaches.

Last year, the non-profit organization helped keep the heat on for 25,000 households in the Boston and Mystic Valley areas through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which the agency administers.

But this year, the need is greater, ABCD said in a news release Monday. The pandemic has taken a devastating toll on countless families, particularly minority populations and those in low-income neighborhoods.