You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

STONEHAM | BRIEFS

Hike in home heating aid

Continue reading below

Massachusetts lawmakers have once again increased the amount of funding available to low-income residents who rely on fuel assistance programs to heat their homes. The latest infusion of cash means the Tri-City Community Action Program , Inc. is distributing an additional $900,000 to households in need. State housing officials said a boost in federal funding made the increase in home heating assistance possible. However, even with the additional funding, the state is still doling out less money to fuel programs this year than it did last year, when heating costs were lower. Tri-CAP was allotted $2.1 million in December, down from $5.2 million in 2010. Since then, there have been two increases in federal funding for the fuel program - one just before Christmas and the most recent increase on Jan. 4, bringing the total amount earmarked for Tri-CAP to $3.7 million. In addition to Stoneham, Tri-CAP serves households in Everett, Medford, Melrose, Winchester, and Woburn.

- Brenda J. Buote

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week