Shutoffs And Climate Justice
TURN Partners to End Shutoffs Convening in Sacramento, CA , January 29 – 31, 2017
Our Partners: City Heights CDC, Housing Long Beach, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Leadership Institute at Allen Temple, and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
Addressing the Public Health Impact of Utility Disconnections
Utility disconnections—or shutoffs—have skyrocketed in recent years, jumping 40% between 2010 and 2015. In 2015, shutoffs reached a shocking high with about 817,000 households shut off for non-payment in California. Over 2 million Californians were affected—most of whom are children.
Our work addresses the housing and public health impact of utility disconnections through research, documentation and community partnerships throughout California. Our goal is to move public health, utility regulatory and elected officials to adopt goals and implement policies that dramatically reduce shutoffs by protecting medically vulnerable households, requiring utility companies to accept affordable payment plans and keeping monthly bills from skyrocketing.
- In 2016, utility service was terminated for 868,000 California households – representing 2.5 million people, mostly children – a 60% increase from the 547,000 households who were shut off in 2010.
- Shutoffs create public safety and public health concerns, including unsafe heating and lighting practices.
- Only 2% of utility customers are registered for Medical Baseline, a program for people with medical conditions that increases energy costs dramatically.
- 64% of Medical Baseline customers who are shut off are never reconnected.
Our Shut Offs and Climate Justice work is to stop policies that rip off our communities and win policies that save the Environment and money!
TURN believes no one should be cut off from essential electricity, gas or phone service. We hold utility corporations accountable by demanding fair rates, cleaner energy and strong consumer protections
Partners from Housing Long Beach speak out at CPUC Public Hearing on May 17!