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News Service Category: Fuel

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


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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ABCD THANKS ASSISTANT SPREAKER KATHERINE CLARK, MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION, FOR PASSAGE OF CSBG MODERNIZATION ACT

Vote marks critical step to strengthening low-income families and communitiest On Friday, May 13, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5129, the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2021-2022 on a 246-169 vote. The bill reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031 and makes important changes concerning administration and leadership. performance measurement, and minimum and maximum…

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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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