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Home heating assistance is now available

The state recently announced that families can now apply for home heating assistance, easing a financial burden for many low-income households.


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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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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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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Mass. residents struggle with soaring utility rates this winter

When Garrett Schick received his electric bill after Christmas and saw a 73 percent increase from his last bill, he and his family made the tough decisionto return holiday gifts to make ends meet. … Other area residents have applied to energy assistance programs through organizations like Quincy Community Action Programs and Action for Boston Community Development. “We have already…

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Sharon Scott-Chandler says struggling families will lose a critical boost with the end of COVID SNAP benefits

BOSTON, MA – January 10, 2023 The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance says extra pandemic food assistance from the federal government is ending soon. Congress recently moved to phase out the SNAP benefits which amount to an extra $95 a month. GBH News interviewed ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler about the impact on struggling families. LISTEN NOW For more…

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