Media: Pandemic leaves people in need of energy assistance, but also harder to reach (Sahan Journal)

Feb 16, 2021

From Sahan Journal:

Unemployment levels remain high due to the coronavirus pandemic, and temperatures have plunged below zero from a February polar vortex blast. But state officials say they have received fewer requests than normal for a program to help low-income families cover heating bills....

Typically, the state tells people about its energy assistance program through community events, or a potential applicant might be referred to the program from a social worker at a school or local clinic. But with the pandemic keeping people away from those settings, the word hasn’t spread like it normally would....

At COPAL, navigators try to help connect undocumented residents to assistance they are qualified for, like energy audits through the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) and local living expense relief programs through counties. Every six months, the organization holds Facebook Live events with CEE and nonprofit Citizens Utility Board in English and Spanish so people can get tips on energy efficiency and lowering their bills. Their Spanish event is February 17....
 

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