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ABCD calls for additional fuel aid funds

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 tens of thousands of families with young children, seniors and others are scrambling to keep their homes warm as relentless March cold continues to hit Massachusetts. One working single mother served by ABCD said…

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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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Hey Teens, Apply now for ABCD SummerWorks! Mayor Wu praises program, calls it “essential experience”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2022  CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein at 617.875.3619 or Lee Phenner at 339.368.1140                                 Don’t miss out! Put dollars in your pocket, obtain career skills, receive mentoring, social supports. If you are 14 to 21, income-eligible, and live in Boston, you can earn and learn in the ABCD SummerWorks program this year! Plan now to spend your summer with…

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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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I Am a Ukrainian

People around the planet must join with the brave people of Ukraine! We must stand beside the brave but terrorized Ukrainians: children, papas, grandmothers, women, men … our human family that is being subject to a despicable onslaught by bullies and terrorists, the paranoid and delusional forces that have complete control of Russia. Russian leaders are ignoring Geneva Convention rules…

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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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Electric bills double for U.S. families with fuel costs surging

(Bloomberg) — U.S. consumers from New York to California are experiencing “rate shock” on their latest utility bills as the global energy crisis drives up prices for fossil fuels, forcing tough financial decisions for families getting squeezed on all sides. The increase is becoming a problem for Dave Croyle, 75, a San Diego retiree with multiple health issues that keep him largely housebound…….

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‘Living On The Edge’: Home Heating Oil Prices Soar In Massachusetts As Russia Invades Ukraine

BOSTON (CBS) – Experts say we can blame the current sticker shock over home heating oil bills on the Russia invasion in Ukraine. Organizers at ABCD Fuel Assistance in Boston say they’re paying about $1000 to fill a 250-gallon tank. “The only income I have is social security,” said 91-year-old Joseph Brooks who lives in Hyde Park. He’s among 15,000 people…

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Hey Teens, Apply now for ABCD SummerWorks! Mayor Wu praises program, calls it “essential experience”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2022  CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein at 617.875.3619 or Lee Phenner at 339.368.1140                                 An ABCD SummerWorks job is a prize! Don’t miss out!Put dollars in your pocket, obtain career skills, receive mentoring, social supportsIf you are ages 14 to 21, income-eligible, and live in Boston, you can earn and learn in the ABCD SummerWorks program this year! Plan now…

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‘How are you supposed to live?’ Spiking heat costs impact state’s vulnerable communities.

Nicholas Apodiakos, who takes care of his ailing 94-year-old mother in their home, sorted through this winter’s heating oil bills: a whopping $1,703 only four months into the season. “We go through oil like water,” Apodiakos said recently. Apodiakos, 55,does not work because he is caring for mother, Rose, full time. Her health complications — diabetes, cholesterol, frequent seizures, and…

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