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CITIZENS ENERGY EXPANDS SHELTER AID PROGRAM; WILL HEAT 100 SHELTERS IN WINTER MONTHS

 CITIZENS ENERGY EXPANDS SHELTER AID PROGRAM;
 WILL HEAT 100 SHELTERS IN WINTER MONTHS
 BOSTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Energy Corporation announced today the 200 percent expansion of its Shelter Winter Assistance Program to provide heating assistance for the homeless and the program's inclusion for the first time of shelters that heat with electricity and natural gas.
 Since 1987, the Citizens Energy program has worked exclusively with retail oil dealers to provide more than 280,000 gallons of heating oil free of charge to shelters across Massachusetts. This winter, however, Citizens has made grants totaling more than $110,000 to be credited to the utility accounts of 55 Massachusetts homeless shelters. In addition, Citizens Energy expects to pay for another $85,000 of heating oil for the remaining 45 shelters on the program. The oil dealers participating in the program deliver oil to their local shelters and charge Citizens Energy the rack price for the oil, thereby foregoing any profit on the sale.
 Citizens Energy Chairman Michael LeM. Kennedy visited MainSpring House in Brockton this afternoon to meet with several of the program's local beneficiaries. MainSpring is operated by the Brockton Coalition for the Homeless and is a first-time recipient of heating assistance from Citizens Energy. Its sister shelter, however, the West Bridgewater Project, has received more than 3,000 gallons of free heating oil from Citizens over the last three winters.
 Said Kennedy, "The number of homeless people continues to grow while public empathy and funding dwindles. Our country's economic woes are most clearly reflected in the faces of the homeless. We're glad to be able to relieve some of the financial pressure felt by shelters like MainSpring House. Citizens is also grateful for the support of our oil community and utility partners in this expanded effort to warm the lives of the homeless."
 Manuel Haendler, executive director of the Brockton Coalition for the Homeless, joined Kennedy on his tour of the MainSpring facilities and said, "This grant comes at a particularly difficult time for homeless families and individuals and will be a truly important source of assistance to us this winter. We are deeply grateful to Mr. Kennedy for making this possible and for his ongoing interest and concern in MainSpring House and the people we serve."
 Citizens Energy will aid shelters through its Shelter Winter Assistance Program in the following towns:
 Amesbury, Amherst, Attleboro, Boston, Brighton, Brockton, Cambridge, Dorchester, East Boston, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Gloucester, Greenfield, Halifax, Haverhill, Hingham, Holyoke, Hyannis, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlboro, Marshfield, Mattapan, Medford, Milford, New Bedford, Northampton, North Adams, North Falmouth, Orange, Oxford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Plainville, Quincy, Salem, Somerville, Springfield, Topsfield, Waltham, West Bridgewater, and Worcester.
 Citizens Energy is a non-profit energy company founded in 1979 by Joseph P. Kennedy II and has provided nearly $30 million in heating and technical development assistance for needy people in the United States and around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Jean E. Fleischman of Citizens Energy, 617-338-6300/ CO: Citizens Energy Corporation ST: Massachusetts IN: OIL SU:


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