December 15, 2018
Frigid Weather Prompts $80K for Four Boston Nonprofits

January 6, 2018 — As Massachusetts was digging out from Thursday's blizzard and coping with unrelenting frigid air, The Boston Foundation yesterday announced it awarded $80,000 in emergency grants to four Boston nonprofits that provide housing and homelessness services.

Kate Guedj, vice president and chief philanthropy officer of The Boston Foundation, said that 10 days of exceptionally cold weather before this week’s storm had already increased the need for shelter and risks facing the housing and food insecure in the region.

She noted that one in 10 households lack access to affordable, nutritious food and, on any given night, more than 19,000 people in Massachusetts are homeless.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water, which provides a variety of social services and guidance to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth: $10,000

  • Pine Street Inn, New England's leading and largest resource for homeless and formerly homeless adults: $40,000

  • St. Francis House, which provides a continuum of direct services to alleviate or prevent homelessness and eliminate barriers to moving beyond homelessness: $15,000

  • Women’s Lunch Place,, which provides a safe, welcoming daytime shelter for women experiencing poverty or homelessness, offering healthy meals along with individualized and community services: $15,000
Yesterday, all 11 members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on the federal Department of Health and Human Services to release funds remaining in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program "to combat the deadly combination of sustained cold weather and high fuel prices."

"Because of the frigid cold combined with higher fuel prices, the Department of Energy (DOE) forecasts that consumers across the Northeast will have to pay significantly more to heat their homes this winter," they wrote in a letter, as reported in GoLocal Worcester." Families heating their homes with heating oil are anticipated to pay 21% more this winter. In the Northeast, families using natural gas or propane are projected to pay roughly 10% more than last year and it will cost families heating with electricity nearly three and a half percent more.

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