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With heating aid running out mid-winter, activists seek $20 million

Sounding public safety alarms, community activists are calling on the Legislature to make an emergency appropriation, saying that tens of thousands of families and senior citizens in Massachusetts are running out of fuel aid with a long stretch of cold weather ahead.

According to the Massachusetts Association for Community Action, a statewide group of 24 local agencies that assists low-income residents, many income-­eligible recipients of ­fuel aid have exhausted their benefits, in part due to higher heating oil prices and colder weather this year than last.

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