News Service Category: Energy

ABCD Calls for Additional Fuel Aid Funds as Spike in Heating Costs Creates Crisis Across Massachusetts

Home heating oil reaches $6/gallon high; More than 120,000 MA fuel assistance households out of benefits FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2022  CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein at 617.875.3619 or Lee Phenner at 339.368.1140                                 (BOSTON, MA) — As home heating oil reaches an unprecedented high of $6 per gallon, a whopping 120,000-plus Massachusetts households receiving fuel assistance have used up their benefits. These…

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Two years into the pandemic, rental assistance continues to climb

The amount of aid Massachusetts is providing to renters continues to increase each month, an indication that many residents of the commonwealth are still struggling financially two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began. … Anne Corbin, director of housing and homelessness prevention for Action for Boston Community Development, said uncertainty about the future of the funding may be contributing to…

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Rising heating oil costs complicate staying warm in winter’s final weeks

Like gasoline, heating oil is selling at an all-time high, and that’s hurting people in the cold weather. John Drew heads Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD. The organization provides assistance to the needy, and their heating oil fund has run dry. “Two-hundred seventy-five gallons times $6 is a lot of money, and people don’t have it,” he said….

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ABCD announces summer job programs, urge eligible youth to apply immediately to earn, learn, and heal their communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2021   CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.455.7212 cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org                (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) announced the launch of their summer job programs for Boston youth ages 14 to 21. Income-eligible youth are urged to apply to ABCD SummerWorks immediately.   Participants can earn a paycheck while…

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$2 million partnership between major Boston-area agencies promotes food security for thousands of hungry low-income households

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2021   CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.348.6224(office) 617.455.7212 (mobile)              Hunger During the Pandemic Action for Boston Community Development and The Greater Boston Food Bank announce a joint initiative to improve nutrition for families affected by pandemic Action for Boston Community Development and The Greater Boston Food Bank announce a joint…

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Press Release – ABCD’s response to the COVID-19 crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020 CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.455.7212 cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org ABCD LIMITS SERVICES AND TEMPORARILY CLOSES CENTERS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 ABCD CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES DURING THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) CRISIS (BOSTON, MA) – During the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts, ABCD continues to fulfill our commitment…

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PRESS RELEASE: ABCD Urges Families in Need to APPLY Now for Heating Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2020 Months of winter cold ahead put Massachusetts’ most vulnerable low-income elders, children, and families at serious risk 20,000 households statewide are already out of home heating oil and will be left in the cold without more help ABCD urges residents in need to APPLY NOW! CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris: 617.455.7212 (mobile) Lee Phenner: 339.368.1140 (mobile) (BOSTON,…

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ABCD urges Baker administration to release full $30 million in fuel assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.348.6224(office) 617.455.7212 (mobile)              ABCD urgently calls on Governor Baker’s administration to release the full $30 million in fuel assistance as promised In a surprise turnaround, the Baker administration will impound majority of funds, putting tens of thousands of the most vulnerable low income households at risk  …

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Families left in the cold as fuel assistance runs out

BOSTON – Families living on tight budgets are facing another tough week with brutal wind chills and snow in the forecast. But some households across the state can’t pay for home heating oil as their fuel assistance benefits run out. Cynthia Lewis and her husband have lived in their 100-year-old Dorchester home since 1969. All four of their kids grew…

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<a href="https://abcdinsightblog.wordpress.com/"target="_blank">ABCD Insight – February 2018</a>