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Haverhill

February 13, 2014

No help against the cold

Families struggle as heating assistance money runs out

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Contributions to the No Heat Fund can be made online at CommunityActionInc.org. Checks can be sent to the CAI Emergency No Heat Fund, c/o CAI, 145 Essex St., Haverhill, MA 01832.

Community Action also participates in an oil bid program. It allows clients who are eligible for heating assistance to buy home heating oil at a discounted price. Cuneo said the lower price also applies to heating oil purchased for eligible clients by friends or family members. He said the price is about 20 to 30 cents per gallon less than the market price.

Cuneo said the state is still waiting for $13.5 million from the federal government, but when it arrives that money will be used for new eligible participants and cannot be used to supplement families who have no benefit remaining.

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