Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Housing : Labor & Class

Defenders call for “NO GAS CUT-OFFS!”

Each winter, paying for heat is a major challenge for the area’s low-income residents. Last year between Dec. 21 and March 20, there were 1,713 gas cut-offs, according to Department of Public Utilities spokesman Bill Farrar. The department provides gas, water and a combination of gas and water to approximately 111,000 residential customers.

A representative of the Defenders, a Richmond-based community organization, will be making the request to not cut off gas to any homes this winter at the first City Council meeting of 2006, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, on the second floor of City Hall, 900 E. Broad St.

Your support is needed! We hope everyone will join us at council that evening,” said Defender Dieyah Rasheed. “This is an important issue for the city’s working poor.”