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

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 38 percent…

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Despite injuries, Brad Stevens is confident in Celtics roster, but he will make a move if necessary

Despite injuries to key addition Danilo Gallinari and starting center Robert Williams, Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens remains confident in his roster yet is open to adding another key piece. During the ABCD Hoop Dreams tournament at TD Garden, Stevens told the Globe Williams and Gallinari will have surgery Thursday to repair knee issues. Williams will miss at…

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Five things you need to know today, and real-life hoop dreams

Your very own hoop dreams Ever wonder what it would be like to shoot hoops on the Celtics’ historic parquet floor? A week from this Wednesday — on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. — the 11th annual Hoop Dreams takes place, the charity basketball tournament to raise money for human services nonprofit ABCD at TD Garden.  I recently spoke with the…

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Steeper Winter Heating Bills Loom, With Less Federal Aid

Energy costs are expected to rise even faster than overall inflation, but a key assistance program will lack the extra funds it got for Covid relief. The struggle for low-income families to heat their homes is familiar, but for many, this winter will be even tougher than last. Energy costs have been a source of significant pain for Americans who…

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Increase in federal fuel aid desperately needed as prices soar

Washington must act now to keep low-income households warm this winter HIGH PRICES HAVE left millions of Americans struggling to pay their bills.  The cost of virtually everything has skyrocketed, from food to rent to used cars, but particularly energy. Wellhead prices of natural gas have more than doubled in the last year and heating oil costs this winter will double…

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