Latest Update: April 3, 2020, 4:00 pm, ET
COVID-19 will have severe short- and long-term impacts on the well-being of under-resourced communities. The crisis is not just a health crisis- it is a housing crisis, an energy crisis, a poverty crisis, and an economic crisis.
Energy Efficiency for All is committed to ensuring that policies and practices are in place to support the energy and housing needs of marginalized communities who were already struggling before this crisis hit. We hope the information provided here will be a useful resource to EEFA partners and others who are working towards an equitable response to COVID-19.
EEFA Pandemic Response Guidance
The impacts from COVID-19 and the accompanying economic recession will worsen America’s housing crisis and likely force households to make tradeoffs between food, medicine, energy, and housing. This problem isn’t new to Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA), and we know the impact is most felt by people of color in this country. We agree with the NAACP that “we must address the systemic underpinnings of inequity” while also providing an emergency response that meets the critical needs in our communities.
EEFA is highlighting policies actively being developed by community groups, local, state, and federal government, mission-driven nonprofit organizations, and academic researchers for protection against eviction and other housing issues. These recommendations can be tailored for any state or local jurisdiction to immediately advocate for the health and safety of everyone. When delivering recommendations please be aware that state and local decision-makers are dealing with many urgent COVID-19 related matters, and we all need to prioritize keeping people healthy and safe during this crisis.
Download the complete Pandemic Response Guidance
EEFA Coalition & Partner Responses
EEFA Coalition Letters
EEFA Georgia’s letter urging Governor Kemp to take immediate action to ensure that Georgians remain connected to essential utility services.
The Michigan EEFA’s letter calling on Governor Whitmer to enact statewide utility shut-off protections, ensure continued access to clean water, expand energy efficiency and energy assistance, and implement strong eviction and foreclosure protections and critical housing assistance.
Missouri EEFA’s letter to state, local, and utility leaders urging strong leadership and action to protect Missourians’ access to utility services and affordable housing.
EEFA Partner Responses
A letter written by Association for Affordable Energy, an EEFA partner, and others regarding workforce protections.
The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP), an EEFA partner, led and developed a letter urging the Department of Human Services to protect vulnerable households through utility relief.
Utility Disconnection Policies
For information about utility disconnection policies related to COVID-19, visit these resources:
Electric and Gas:
National Consumer Law Center brief Covid-19 Pandemic Requires Federal, State and
Municipal Action to Stop Involuntary Utility, Water, and Telecommunications Shut-offs
NRDC blog post Suspend Shutoffs of Essential Utility Services in Crisis
Edison Electric Institute’s announcement that all member companies are suspending electricity disconnects for non-payment nationwide
NRDC blog post Ensuring Access to Energy More Important Than Ever
Fresh Energy’s blog post by Ben Passer, state lead of the Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network(MMAHEN), about what COVID-19 means for energy access and equity
Peninsula Clean Energy approved an automatic $100 bill credit to all customers on the low-income rate. No application or further qualification required. The credit is automatically applied to the customer’s April bill.
Eviction and Housing Policies
National Housing Trust’s Guiding Principles for evaluating policy responses during the COVID-19 crisis
Housing Matters’ article When Pandemic Hits, Pausing Evictions Can Help Renters and Landlords - But It’s Not Enough
FHFA announces eviction suspension relief for renters in multifamily properties
National Low Income Housing Coalition article discussing housing provisions in the $2 trillion coronavirus response package.
National Housing Trust’s analysis of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion fiscal stimulus bill.
The table below summarizes state and local eviction and housing policies in response to COVID-19. The table includes:
- Announced eviction moratoria and other state and local policies;
- Announced Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) policies; and
- Proposals for additional relief from advocates.
The list is not exhaustive and is being updated regularly. Please send updates to Todd Nedwick at [email protected]