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HEAT FOR HOMELESS EFFORT EXPANDS

 BOSTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In the face of declining state and federal funding and increasing need, Massachusetts and Rhode Island homeless shelters got a boost today in the form of free heat from Citizens Energy Corporation. Citizens Energy, the Boston-based, non-profit energy company, will pay the oil, gas and electric heating bills of 120 shelters from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, 1994 at a cost of nearly $250,000.
 Citizens Energy Chairman Michael LeM. Kennedy joined with Rhode Island State Representative Patrick J. Kennedy today at an emergency shelter in Pawtucket to announce a 25 percent expansion of the Shelter Winter Assistance Program, including 12 newly added sites in Rhode Island. Michael Kennedy said, "With level funding in Massachusetts and decreased funding in Rhode Island, shelter resources are being stretched to the breaking point. Citizens will spend close to a quarter of a million dollars this winter on behalf of shelters throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island in an effort to help take up the slack. While we've provided heat for the homeless since 1987, we felt it was time to increase our commitment to these, the most vulnerable members of the community."
 The Citizens Energy Shelter Winter Assistance Program has provided more than 440,000 gallons of heating oil free of charge and has paid utility bills totaling more than $240,000 for Mass. and R.I. homeless shelters since 1987. Citizens Energy partners on the oil side of the program are the approximately 30 local oil dealers who deliver oil to the shelters and bill Citizens at cost. Their sacrifice of time and profits is a major factor in the success of this effort. During the 1993-94 heating season, the program will reach out to shelters in the following communities: Adams, Amesbury, Amherst, Attleboro, Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Central Falls (R.I.), Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Fall River, Framingham, Gloucester, Greenfield, Haverhill, Hingham, Holyoke, Hyannis, Kingston, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlboro, Marshfield, Medford, Milford, Narragansett (R.I.), New Bedford, Newport (R.I.), North Falmouth, Northampton, Orange, Pawtucket (R.I.), Peace Dale (R.I), Pittsfield, Plainville, Providence (R.I.), Salem, Somerville, Springfield, Topsfield, Wakefield, Waltham, Warwick (R.I), West Bridgewater, Westerly (R.I.), Wollaston, Woonsocket (R.I.), Worcester.
 Contacts at each of the participating shelters are available by calling Jean Fleischman at Citizens Energy at 617-338-6300.
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 /CONTACT: Jean E. Fleischman of Citizens Energy, 617-338-6300/


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