HELP FOR LOW-INCOME CENTRAL HUDSON CUSTOMERS

CLP, PULP TO HELP LOW-INCOME CENTRAL HUDSON CUSTOMERS

(Communities of Local Power and Public Utility Law Project)

APPLY FOR ENERGY DEBT RELIEF FUNDS

More than $550 million in credits are available, but residents must be enrolled in their Utility’s Energy Affordability Program by December 31, 2022.

WHO: Communities for Local Power (CLP) and the Public Utility Law Project (PULP), with support from Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, the Public Service Commission, and Ulster County Department of Social Services.

WHEN: Thursday, December 1st from 6-8pm

WHERE: Kingston YMCA- 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401

BACKGROUND:
On Thursday, December 1, Communities for Local Power and the Public Utility Law Project will host a workshop to help directly impacted Central Hudson customers apply for the State’s Low-Income Electric and Gas Debt Relief Program. The deadline to apply is December 31st, 2022. More than 1.3 million New York households are currently behind on their electric and gas utility bills and owe over $1.5 billion dollars collectively, and that situation has worsened due to high inflation and volatile fossil fuel commodity prices. Fortunately, on June 16, 2022, the State Public Service Commission adopted a $557 million statewide program to provide COVID-19 utility bill relief for low-income electric and natural gas utility customers. Low-income residential customers enrolled in their utility’s EAP program will have any debts for service received through May 1, 2022, forgiven in full. To learn more about qualifying programs, please visit
CLP’s Resources Page.

Trained advocates from PULP and CLP will help Hudson Valley residents check their utility bill to see if they’re enrolled in Central Hudson’s low-income monthly bill discount program.

Representatives from the Department of Public Service and Department of Social Services will be on hand for questions and comments. Snacks, filing assistance and postage to send in applications will be provided for free. The event is part of a series of workshops happening throughout the Hudson Valley and the state, including at the Newburgh Free Library on December 8th from 5-7pm!

Low-income customers that are behind or falling behind on your bills, can also contact PULP for no-cost help. Call PULP’s hotline at 877-669-2572 or send an email to info@utilityproject.org for further assistance.