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March 7, 2013

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GLCAC Inc. urging state to fund home-heating aid

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc. is urging state lawmakers to approve $20 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help the state’s poorest residents weather the rest of the winter.

As of mid-February, 95 percent of GLCAC Inc.’s fuel assistance clients had exhausted the federally funded benefit.

Nearly 6,000 clients have received assistance with paying a portion of their heating bills for natural gas, oil and other deliverable fuels, a figure that is equal to last year’s need. However, the agency expects to see additional applications from low-income residents who are struggling to keep warm.

Applications for home heating assistance are now available from the GLCAC Inc. Families meeting federal and state income guidelines may be eligible for financial assistance in paying part of their winter heating bills and are encouraged to contact GLCAC at 978-681-4950 or visit glcac.org.

Households where heat is included in the rent may be eligible for assistance. The amount of heating assistance is based on a sliding scale and determined by the gross household income.

GLCAC is required to follow the federal program rules. To be eligible for assistance with paying a portion of their heating bill, applicants must prove they meet federal and state income guidelines by providing documentation of the gross household income for all household members 18 years and older for a minimum of four weeks prior to their application date.

 

2013 Go Red For Women Casting Call set for March 15

Join the American Heart Association at this year’s Go Red For Women Casting Call on Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the AHA’s Waltham Office, located at 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham.

Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Go Red For Women is looking for women to share their heart stories and the choices they make to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, empowering others by example. Whether you are a survivor, have made a significant lifestyle change, or have another personal connection to heart disease, you are encouraged to come and share your story, according to the AHA. Women who share their stories have the chance to become a local spokesperson for the cause – representing Go Red For Women in marketing materials, at events, online and in the media.

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