All posts by Liz Drewry

Utility Rights and Energy Security

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.JUST UTILITIES: ORGANIZING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE HOUSEHOLD ENERGY CRISIS

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.

You can read their full report here and follow their story on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Integrating the Undocumented Community

Driver's LicenseA Qualitative Exploration of the Process for
Obtaining DC’s Limited Purpose Driver’s License

In January of 2015, Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and community partners, Central American Resource Center and Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC, were awarded a grant by the Sociological Initiatives Foundation to research the experiences of undocumented immigrants as they apply for Washington DC’s new Limited Purpose driver’s license, a license for undocumented immigrants.

Read the full report here.