News Service Category: Energy

ABCD urges residents to apply for home heating assistance

Federal LIHEAP program sets benefits up to $600 (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD urges residents to apply immediately for home heating assistance through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides up to $600 in fuel assistance for eligible households. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services…

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ABCD on WBUR: Over $130 Million in LIHEAP benefits announced to help families stay warm and healthy this winter

(BOSTON, MA) – October 26, 2023 WBUR-FM reports on federal home heating assistance funding available to help Massachusetts families pay their heating bills this winter. ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler says the organization has already received 10,000 applications for this critical assistance. Apply for heating assistance at toapply.org/MassLIHEAP.

Heating Worries Mount Amid Growing Costs

Prices for oil, natural gas and electricity are all up as New England heads toward winter heating season. Shirlee Thurston’s latest heating oil bill is a frightening prospect only weeks before Halloween and the arrival of the winter months.Oil prices are on the rise. This week, a gallon of home heating oil in Massachusetts sold on average for $5.71 a…

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Rare Launches SHINE Community Solar Initiative to Bring Green Jobs, Lower Energy Bills to Greater Boston’s Underserved Communities

BOSTON, September 06, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rare, an international conservation organization specializing in social change for the environment, today announced the launch of Solar Helping Ignite Neighborhood Economies (SHINE), an initiative aimed at connecting solar power job opportunities and renewable home energy to underserved neighborhoods of Boston. The project is in partnership with Boston’s leading community action agency, Action for Boston Community Development…

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Climate change and poverty are complex problems. These solutions aim to address both.

Massachusetts — like most places — has a problem when it comes to climate solutions. The state has just a few years to drastically slash emissions and that means it needs more of everything, fast: more heat pumps, more electric vehicles and EV chargers, more solar panels. Just to get those things installed and working will require massive numbers of…

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Energy efficiency partners to showcase equity in action at Riley House Senior Housing 

WHO: ABCD and energy efficiency partners Eversource, Maloney Properties, Paradigm Energy Services, Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Verizon, their leadership, public officials, residents of Riley House Senior Housing and community members WHAT:  Engagement event and site visit demonstrating ABCD’s Climate, Equity & Impact work with our energy efficiency partners through the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) and Mass Save® programs at this 40+…

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‘I have to take my time.’ Growing old in Boston without much money is an everyday stress test.

Urban struggles, cost pressures form the backdrop of senior life It’s hard to grow old in the city without much money. The urban landscape, with its cracked sidewalks, patchy transit, and the lurking possibility of violence, is a daily challenge. So is the lingering threat of COVID that hovers in congested buses and crowded waiting rooms. … Cranking up the…

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ABCD’s WorkSMART Youth Program Included in 12 Individual NBA Foundation Grants totaling $4.8 Million to Advance Economic Empowerment in the Black Community

Greater Boston and Medford youth ages 14-21 in grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply to WorkSMART (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD is among 12 impactful organizations from coast to coast included in the NBA Foundation’s seventh round of grantees receiving a total of $4.8 million for their youth initiatives that align with the Foundation’s goal of furthering economic power in the…

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Free tax preparation starts Jan. 30 for residents earning up to $60,000

Call ABCD to schedule an appointment!Pay off debt, add to your savings with a lump-sum tax return payment (BOSTON, MA) — ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) urges all residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $60,000 or less in 2022 to schedule a FREE in-person tax prep appointment TODAY at one of our neighborhood sites by calling…

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More Mass. residents ask for help with rising fuel costs this winter

As the price of everything from rent to eggs goes up, community organizations say more people need help heating their homes this winter. According to state numbers, first time applicants for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides financial aid for fuel, increased by 76% in Massachusetts compared to this time last year. … Sharon Scott-Chandler, president and CEO…

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