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Author: Connor Mattson

ABCD Fuel Assistance Can Help You Stay Warm

Bitter January cold is hitting Massachusetts and ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) wants to remind residents that households at or below the federal poverty level can now receive as much as $1,650 in fuel assistance, while those with slightly higher incomes receive increased benefits on a sliding scale. Due to the huge spike in energy costs and the ongoing…

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Charlestown Fuel Assistance Benefits Now at $1,650

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) kicked off the annual Fuel Assistance Program at its office in Charlestown back in November. Now, ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew is urging Charlestown residents to apply for fuel aid as federal funding to the program has increased. Drew said with the new round of funding households at or below the federal poverty level…

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Eastie Fuel Assistance Benefits Now at $1,650

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) kicked off the annual Fuel Assistance Program at the ABCD’s APAC office on Meridian Street in East Boston in November. ABCD ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew is now urging Eastie residents to apply for fuel aid now as federal funding to the program has increased. Drew said with the new round of funding households…

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MA Fuel Assistance Top Benefit Now $1,650

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 4, 2022 CONTACT: Susan Koopersteinskooperstein@comcast.net617.875.3619 Lee Phennerlee.phenner@bostonabcd.org339.368.1140 MA Fuel Assistance Top Benefit Now $1,650 ABCD urges residents to apply for fuel aid NOW as bitter winter weather, COVID surge, hit New England Action for Boston Community Development announces that households at or below the federal poverty level can now receive $1,650 in fuel assistance, while those with slightly…

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Drew: It’s critical to bring back the Child Tax Credit now

What kept low- and moderate-income families with children afloat in 2021 as COVID-19 variants battered their world and soaring prices bore down on them? The Child Tax Credit. Throughout 2021 this lifesaving program based in the IRS provided families with a monthly payment of $300 per child under age 6 and $250 for each child ages 6 to 12 years…

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Toy drive gets a big boost from staff at East West Mortgage

Employees of East West Mortgage on Hallet Street participated in donating and assembling $5,000 in holiday gifts for children in the annual ABCD Christmas Toy Drive. “We went out and bought 26 bikes and 26 helmets, and over a few days we assembled them,” said company president Steve Borgerson. He said they purchased $700 worth of additional toys, and the…

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This holiday season, demand for toys is ‘unbelievable’

In a bustling storefront in Coolidge Corner, Eureka! Puzzles & Games is home to bright blue and green walls. Miniature Earth models. Custom jigsaw puzzles. And lately, lots of customers. “Demand is certainly higher than pre-pandemic levels,” said owner David Leschinsky. “It’s holding strong.” Toy retailers — from big box stores to neighborhood shops — have accommodated growing crowds during…

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ABCD REACHES 6,000 TOY GOAL FOR HOLIDAY DRIVE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 20, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Koopersteinskooperstein@comcast.net617.875.3619 Lee Phennerlee.phenner@bostonabcd.org339.368.1140 ABCD REACHES 6,000 TOY GOAL FOR HOLIDAY DRIVE! THANKS TO OUR MANY GENEROUS TOY DONORS! ‘Twas three weeks before Christmas and… The ABCD toy room was rather empty. About 400 toys rested on the distribution tables. Meanwhile requests for help were pouring in at an unprecedented rate. SIX THOUSAND toys were…

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ABCD Says Successful CHILD TAX CREDIT Program Must Continue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 20, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Koopersteinskooperstein@comcast.net617.875.3619 Lee Phennerlee.phenner@bostonabcd.org339.368.1140 ABCD Says Successful CHILD TAX CREDIT Program Must Continue Millions of children lifted out of poverty once more face harsh conditions The significant and historic Child Tax Credit that this year lifted more than 3.6 million children in America out of poverty must be extended beyond December 2021. Said ABCD President/CEO…

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Help exists for thousands of MA families behind on utility bills

“When I was working, I could make bills meet. But since I retired, it’s a little difficult right now,” said Arthur Cain of Mattapan. And with the rising cost of utilities, it’s not getting any easier for the 83-year-old who’s on a fixed income and was falling behind on his electric bill. “It has run up to $600,” Cain said….

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