A Boston antipoverty agency is inviting residents from seven area communities to apply for fuel assistance this winter. Action for Boston Community Development recently assumed administration of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program that serves thousands of families and seniors in Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester, and Woburn. The program had until now been offered in those seven communities by Malden-based Tri-City Community Action Program. But because Tri-CAP is facing financial difficulties, the state asked ABCD to take over management of the program in the Malden area, according to officials from the Boston agency. The ABCD, which traditionally provides fuel assistance to about 20,000 households in Boston, Brookline, and Newton, expects to serve about 6,000 households in Greater Malden. “We urge our neighbors in these towns north of Boston who need help with their heating bills or are running out of oil to seek assistance right away,” John J. Drew, president and CEO of ABCD, said in a prepared statement. Residents of the seven Greater Malden communities can get fuel assistance by applying in person at ABCD Malden at 110 Pleasant St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by calling 781-322-6284. They can also call that number to schedule appointments to fill out the form at designated sites in the six other communities.John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.