Webinar: Navigating Utility Access and Equity

PA HRC and PULP logosThe Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) are co-hosting a webinar entitled Navigating Utility Access and Equity on April 30, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern.

In this interactive session, participants will delve into critical topics surrounding utility affordability, fair housing, and the intersection between housing equity and utility access.

Topics for discussion will include: consumer rights surrounding utility services, energy and water assistance programming, and the intersection between housing equity and utility security for vulnerable and historically-underserved consumers and their communities. 

Participants will learn about protections from housing discrimination, how past discriminatory practices impact Pennsylvanians today, and how we can advance housing equity today.   

Participants will also engage in a discussion related to utility and housing access for vulnerable populations, including survivors of domestic violence, limited English proficient individuals, and immigrants. Furthermore, we’ll discuss landlord-tenant energy efficiency issues.


PRESENTER INFORMATION:

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC):

  • Caroline Eister, Director of Fair Housing & Commercial Property
  • Brittany Mellinger, she/her/hers, Fair Housing Training & Outreach Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) is the leading civil rights enforcement agency in Pennsylvania, promoting opportunities for all and enforcing the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act.  The PHRC works to ensure that Pennsylvanians can live, work, and learn free from unlawful discrimination.

Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP):

  • Ria Pereira, Esq., she/her/hers, Supervising Attorney
  • Giovanna Ortiz-Brackbill, she/her/hers, Utility Justice Project Manager

PULP is a project of Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS). PULP provides information, assistance, and advice on residential utility and energy matters affecting low income consumers. PULP’s mission is to secure just and equitable access to safe and affordable utility services for Pennsylvanians experiencing poverty. We work to achieve this mission by empowering individuals and communities through representation, advocacy, education, and support.
 

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