No utility shutoffs during Covid crisis!

The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic is hitting lower-income families especially hard, and has brought into stark focus the plight of thousands of families who pay a disproportionally high percentage of their household income on energy bills. Appalachian Voices and our partners are calling for immediate and comprehensive bans on utility shutoffs during the crisis — and we’re making progress.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper has extended the state’s moratorium on electricity, water and gas shutoffs through July 29. And in Virginia, the State Corporation Commission extended its moratorium through through August 31.

In this April 17 video, we share the stories of two families whose lives were made even more stressful when they couldn’t afford to pay their utility bills.

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  • We’re calling for a federal program to pay off utilities’ bill debts for their customers and help utilities recoup lost revenue. Read more here