Community Group Seeks New Program Funded by Big Utilities that Addresses Energy Affordability Crisis
Buffalo, NY– Every year in Buffalo when HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) opens, the line stretches outside, down the street, and around the corner. HEAP is a good program, but as we have seen for years it's not enough. Energy is life, and in America the energy crisis is a crisis of affordability, a crisis of environmental implications, and a crisis of life and death. The HEAP line is a cold and stark reminder of why we've taken on this fight.
What could a real program helping low-income people look like? It needs to include all low-income people. People should be automatically enrolled if they’re eligible for other programs like Medicaid, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Program dollars need to address the root causes not recycle back to the big utility companies. Spend money on weatherization programs like PUSH Green, on homeowners paying for repairs on their homes like roofs and foundation work, and invest in a shared renewable energy facility like solar/wind. This program needs to be funded to meet the needs of us, the community. This program needs to have a budget of at least $600 million to make it work effectively. Big businesses need to pay their fair share into the program and utility companies need to pay their fair share into the program – they are part of the problem, they are a public service so they should pay into the solution.
Join us this Monday, November 16th (today) for a Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, and Nae Nae flash mob at the opening day of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) located at 478 Main St (near Mohawk street) in downtown Buffalo NY.
We will be outside the HEAP office located at 478 Main Street (near Mohawk St) in Buffalo, NY this Monday (today) November 16th, 2015. We will be collecting comments to send to the New York State Public Service Commission. We will have coffee and hot chocolate.
WHAT: Line Dance Flash Mob @ HEAP
WHEN: Monday November 16th, 2015, 9am-10am, the media is encouraged to come at 9:15am
WHERE: Outside the HEAP, Home Energy Assistance Program offices, located at 478 Main St (near Mohawk St), downtown Buffalo NY.
Jen Mecozzi – Director of Organizing, PUSH Buffalo
Lonnie Barlow – Communications Director, PUSH Buffalo.
Posted on Mon, November 16, 2015
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