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ABCD board names Sharon Scott-Chandler its new president and CEO

The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named longtime executive vice president/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., president and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who retired on June 30 after 51 years with the antipoverty agency, 13 as president and CEO.  With the passing of legendary ABCD President/CEO,…

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Lawmakers push to get federal funds for home heating to Massachusetts early

Home heating costs are expected to soar this winter, as the state is projecting a 13% increase. WCVB-TV’s Mary Saladna reports. WATCH NOW

ABCD on the Radio: Massachusetts LIHEAP funding helpful but not enough

As cost of home heating rises, federal assistance is lower than last year

BOSTON – Clarence Smith knows a thing or two about heating bills piling up. He says he is still paying off his natural gas bill from last year. “Right now, I’m still a little minus on the gas,” Smith said. There are concerns that thousands of people will soon be in the same predicament. As the weather cools, the cost…

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With home heating bills headed higher, New England lawmakers seek more federal energy assistance for low-income families

WASHINGTON — With the cost to heat homes this winter set to jump dramatically because of the war in Ukraine, members of Congress from New England are pushing the federal government to provide more money to help low-income families pay the higher bills. Lawmakers are seeking an extra $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as…

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ABCD on the Radio: High utility and grocery costs to devastate Massachusetts families this winter

Food injustice concerns growing in Boston since pandemic

Amid growing concerns about living expenses, declining incomes and inflation, Boston residents are experiencing increased food prices, insecurity and inaccessibility. Approximately 1.8 million Massachusetts residents, 32% of the state’s population, struggled with food insecurity in 2021, according to a survey conducted by the Greater Boston Food Bank. Nick Owen, program director of food insecurity at Action for Boston Community Development,…

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Your electric bill may go up by more than 60 percent this winter. Here’s why.

National Grid has told the state that it aims to hike electric bills amid a surge in natural gas prices. Massachusetts consumers and businesses could be in for some sticker shock this winter when they open their electric bills — and feel the impact of a war an ocean away. A rate filing on Wednesday from National Grid, showing wintertime…

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Massachusetts fuel assistance customers brace for massive energy bill increase

BOSTON – Annmarie Taylor-Alleyne says she’ll be lowering her thermostat this winter and turning the lights off more frequently just to try to make ends meet with her energy bills.  “Sometimes I wonder how do I make it? I have my kids but it’s not every time I can ask them for help,” Taylor-Alleyne told WBZ-TV.  She worries now how…

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‘It’s going to be a crisis’: Nonprofit predicts major impact of surging electricity bills

BOSTON — Non-profits across Massachusetts are expecting a surge in people who will be needing help this winter because of the rising costs of home heating. This week, National Grid announced a 64 percent electricity rate increase starting on November 1st. National Grid is also proposing a 22 percent increase in its natural gas rates, and Eversource is proposing a…

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