Week of Jan 11: Stop utility shutoffs, join the Environmental Justice Symposium

We know a lot of the Coronavirus relief aid has expired. While we are waiting for the next batch of funding and unemployment, we cannot let up the pressure on Governor DeWine to stop utility shutoffs - especially gas and electric. Take action today to contact him, and join our Energy Affordability Action Team Tuesday to talk about what we'll do next to pressure the Governor. This week, CUFA is also participating in a panel discussion as part of the Environmental Justice Symoposium hosted by GBBN Architects.

Here are the top 3 actions you can take this week:

    1. Join our Energy Affordability Action Team (virtually) Tuesday, January 12 from 6:30-8PM to talk about how we will continue to push Governor DeWine to re-issue his statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs and push for programs that forgive back bills for people experiencing COVID hardships. Register here to get instructions to join this virtual meeting in your email. 

    2. Join CUFA at the (virtual) Environmental Justice Symposium hosted by GBBN Architects on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 1:00 - 2:15 PM. CUFA Board President Clark Beck and director Mary Metzmeier will be presenting on a panel CUFA's work on sewers and affordable housing. Register to attend the panel discussion with CUFA here. | Find out more about the full symposium here.

    3. Don't let up the pressure on Governor DeWine to stop utility shutoffs. Take 5 quick minutes to email or tweet DeWine here to tell him to stop shutoffs until the pandemic is over and people have the help they need to catch up.

What's Happening This Week

Join our Energy Affordability Action Team Tues., Jan. 12

We need a statewide moratorium on energy shutoffs during the pandemic. We need programs that will forgive arrearages for back bills for those experiencing hardships, such as being furloughed or laid off of their jobs and funding for weatherization programs for low-income residents. 

Join us for a discussion on our next steps to achieve these goals. 

What: Energy Affordability Action Team
When: Tuesday, January 12 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: RSVP here for instructions to join virtually

Support CUFA's Effort to Require Government to Include us Before They Spend Our Money--Write YOUR letter to the editor

First, read our Opinion Editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Smart government engages taxpayers to solve issues. "We need meaningful public engagement now. We cannot afford to waste one more dollar by excluding residents from decisions," wrote Clark Beck, CUFA Board President. Then, write your own letter-to-the-editor to the Enquirer about what meaningful public engagement would mean to you as a ratepayer and taxpayer! Here are some tips here for writing your own letter; call us if you have any questions at (513) 853-3947.

Join the Environmental Justice Symposium: Building a More Just & Sustainable World

GBBN Architects are hosting CUFA on a panel Jan. 14 from 1:00 - 2:15 PM with CUFA and other community leaders on Healthy Neighborhoods: Water, Air, Greenspace. Here are the details:

What: Environmental Justice Symposium | Healthy Neighborhoods: Water, Air, Greenspace session
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 from 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Where: RSVP here for instructions to join virtually

More on the full symposium from our friends at GBBN here: 


"This has been a year of crisis, but also one of hope. A global pandemic, widespread economic disruption, and a long-overdue reckoning with the enduring legacy of racism in the United States are all taking place against the backdrop of an ongoing climate crisis. At the same time, unprecedented numbers of people are rising to the challenge, organizing themselves to call for investments in education, public health, and affordable housing, and launching grassroots initiatives to strengthen their communities and build a more sustainable world.

In light of all this, GBBN invites you to begin 2021 with a discussion of the question: “How do we build the more just, more sustainable world to which we aspire?”

On Wednesday, January 13th (1-4:00 pm EST) and Thursday, January 14th (1-5:30 pm EST), GBBN’s Design Issues Series will host a series of panel discussions, convening grassroots leaders from community organizations, city sustainability officials, and mission-driven developers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh to discuss how we can work together to build an environment that nourishes everyone."


Other Important Information

CUFA Victory! Water Bill Forgiveness Program now accepting applications!

The City of Cincinnati has a new program to forgive water and storm water bills for low-income residents experiencing COVID-related hardships. Find out more about the program and apply here.

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