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An ‘invisible’ crisis: Already behind on utility bills, many Americans face a tough winter

LONGMONT, Colo. — The temperature is dipping toward freezing Tuesday night and Toni Stark is getting worried about her rickety basement furnace holding out for another winter. Her plumber told her it will probably make it through, but at 99 years old, Stark isn’t taking anything for granted – whether that’s being able to keep the furnace running or remaining in her home as…

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ABCD on the Radio: Federal Heating Assistance Applications are Open


Mattapan native Scott-Chandler will take over the helm at ABCD

The region’s top anti-poverty agency has selected a Mattapan native to take charge as its next president and CEO. The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors said this week that Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., the agency’s longtime executive vice president/COO will replace John J. Drew, who retired last June after 51 years at ABCD. Scott-Chandler joined ABCD in…

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Energy prices are skyrocketing. Here’s how you can get financial help this winter

Whether you heat your home with gas, oil or electricity, your energy bills are going to be shocking this winter. Compared to this time last year, the price of fuel oil is up 72%, and for some utility customers the cost of electricity and natural gas are up 129% and 28.6%, respectively. … If you’re in a crisis and can’t wait that long, you should contact…

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HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Headlines ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration on November 18

Event Chair Russell Norris, General Manager, Slalom Boston will help honor 16 extraordinary community partners and volunteers; induct former ABCD President and CEO, John J. Drew into the ABCD Hall of Fame and recognize Dr. Gary Gross as an original champion for reproductive justice. Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (BOSTON, MA) – On Friday, November 18, 2022,…

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Advocates concerned about low-income families, winter heating bills

BOSTON — Many families across Massachusetts are worried they won’t be able to keep up with sky-rocketing energy prices this winter. The Low Income Energy Home Assistance Program, also known as Fuel Assistance, offers help to eligible households in paying a portion of winter heating bills. There is no application fee and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources said free…

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Skyrocketing heating costs have people asking for help

CANTON, Mass. — Home heating prices are skyrocketing as we approach the winter months. Several groups are working to step up their efforts to help people afford their heating bills. The social workers at the Salvation Army say they are seeing a different type of clientele this year: people who have never asked for help before. Inflation apparently is putting more…

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Protecting Women, Combatting Misinformation

During this time of division, Massachusetts has chosen to serve as a state which will support women’s rights to abortion, alongside New York, California, Washington, and others. However, not everyone in the state has the same opinion. Misinformation is being spread about abortion to try and prevent people from going ahead with these procedures. For Massachusetts to become a haven…

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Mass. Fuel Assistance Program Looking To Help Residents Pay High Heat Bills

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Heating bills here in The Commonwealth will likely be going up this winter, but the Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program is looking to help shoulder some of that burden. The program, formally known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps people under a certain income by giving them money to help pay a portion of…

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Pressley meets with constituents in Roxbury

Student debt relief, maternal health among concerns heard Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley responded to constituent questions and concerns about student debt relief, Black maternal health, reparations and climate change at a Boston event on Oct. 19. The event, part of a series called Coffee with the Congresswoman where community members can meet with Pressley, was hosted by Action for Boston Community…

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