BY: RICHARD WEIR AND COLNETH SMILEY JR.
Published: November 1, 2011
Foot dragging in Washington has stalled the delivery of federally funded heating oil to the state’s low-income households, advocates say, jeopardizing families forced to already endure unseasonably frigid temperatures and the aftermath of an October snowstorm.
“This is critical because of the cold weather. ... Think about the babies and little children and elderly in a house with no heat,” said John Drew, head of Action for Boston Community Development Inc., which administers fuel assistance to 14,000 poor households. “I feel terrible. People depend on getting this delivery of oil so they can get some heat. Winter has come in and ravaged us.”
Drew said yesterday was the first time in 30 years local groups that administer fuel assistance were unable to roll out delivery trucks on Nov. 1.
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