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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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Fuel Assistance Benefit Levels Increased to $2,200

Apply today! WHAT: At the urging of ABCD and other Community Action Agencies, more LIHEAP funding is now available to people in need this winter. The maximum benefit level has been increased to $2,200, from $1,600 which will help struggling families, individuals and elders to make it through the harsh winter season. ABCD continues to accept new applications for Fuel…

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ABCD on the Radio: Applications for Fuel Assistance Flood in as Utility Costs Skyrocket

As utility costs continue to rise due to inflation, applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program have already surpassed last years’ rates, ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler told GBH.


ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler talks Fuel Assistance on Boston Neighborhood Network News

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler joined Boston Neighborhood Network News anchor Faith Imafidon on Nov. 18 to encourage Greater Boston families to get relief from rising energy costs this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. WATCH HERE


ABCD le ofrece ayuda al pagar sus facturas de calefacción

Con las frías temperaturas que están por llegar, hay muchas familias en la ciudad de Boston y zonas aledañas, que necesitaran ayuda al pagar sus facturas de calefacción. Es por eso que hoy en Encuentro Latino queremos contarles sobre un programa de la organización sin fines de lucro ABCD, que puede ayudarle a mantener sus hogares calientes durante este invierno….

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What to do if you need help with high energy costs this winter

Energy costs this winter are expected to rise, meaning you’ll likely pay more to heat your house or apartment. WBUR reporters Miriam Wasser and Yasmin Amer join us to talk about ways Massachusetts residents can apply for relief. LISTEN HERE


An ‘invisible’ crisis: Already behind on utility bills, many Americans face a tough winter

LONGMONT, Colo. — The temperature is dipping toward freezing Tuesday night and Toni Stark is getting worried about her rickety basement furnace holding out for another winter. Her plumber told her it will probably make it through, but at 99 years old, Stark isn’t taking anything for granted – whether that’s being able to keep the furnace running or remaining in her home as…

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