Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a grassroots organization empowering the low-income population of Poughkeepsie, NY to keep their lights on. Approximately, 295,797 New York residential customers had their utility service disconnected for non-payment in 2014-2015. In the first 14 months of its utility justice work, Nobody Leaves prevented or reversed shut-offs for 48 households through legal rights education and intervention. Working in accordance with the New York Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA) and existing legal frameworks, Nobody Leaves has successfully brought voices of underserved community members to public forums.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson recently published their full report Just Utilities: Organizing for Solutions to the Household Energy Crisis. This report analyzes the factors contributing to energy insecurity and proposes corresponding policy changes.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson was a 2015 Sociological Initiatives Foundation award recipient. This award supported the examination of how utility costs contributes to the disproportionately high housing expenses of low-income residents and poverty in the city of Poughkeepsie. The project informed an advocacy campaign and supports the development of a utility component of emerging “Renters’ Bill of Rights Campaigns locally and throughout the state.