People line up for hours for help with utility bills in New Orleans over course of two days

City of New Orleans hosts two-day utility assistance event



CUTOFF NOTICE TO NOVEMBER THAT STILL WON’T DO IT JUSTICE BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE OTHER BILLS ALSO THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY. THE CITY COUNCIL RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM ENTERGY ABOUT INTERRUPTIONS TO SERVICE FOR CUSTOMERS AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BEHIND ON THE BILLS ALL OF THIS COMING AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO PAY THOILSU’ HIGH LIGH BR JOIN’ US RE MEETING JUST WRAPPED UP HE’S GOING TO TELL US ABOUT HOW THE CITY IS HELPING PEOPLE GET THOSE BILLS PAID ELI. WELL ONE PLACE THEY WERE HELPED TODAY TRAVERS WAS IN NEW ORLEANS EAST JOE BROWN PARK WHERE THE CITY HAD ALREADY PROVED TWO MILLION DOLLARS HELP PEOPLE BEHIND ON THOSE UTILITY BILLS GET THOPE TOP ONE LILLS. TELL ME IF THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. THEY HAD A LOT OF FEARS THAT THOSE LIGHTS WOULD HAVE EVENTUALLY BEEN TURNED OFF. I CAN’T I CAN’T IT’S NO WAY POSSIBLE THAT I CAN MY LIGHTS HAVEN’T BEEN OFF YET, BUT THEY WILL BE SOON. THEY WILL BE SO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I HAVE CHILDREN AT HOME. THAT’S DEPENDING ON ME TO MAKE SURE THE BILL GET PAID TANISHA BROOMFIELD BROUGHT IN AND OVER $600 POWER BILL TO JOE BROWN PARK. SHE WAS ONE OF DOZENS IN LINE. SHE SAYS THE PEOPLE IN THE LINE THURSDAY ARE JUST A SMALL SNAPSHOT OF THE MANY STRUGGLING IN THE CRESCENT CITY. THE REACTION IS THE NUMBER OF FOOD THAT I SEE OUT HERE. TO GET SOME OF US AND WE SHOULD HAVE GOT ASSISTANCE A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE IDA, YOU KNOW, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOME KIND OF HELP GOING ON. I MEAN RIGHT NOW, ALL WE CAN DO IS HOPE AND PRAY THAT SOMETHING HAPPENS KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON ISN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH THOUGH ONE WOMAN EVEN BROUGHT IN OVER 10,000 WATER B I’M A SINGLE MOTHER. I’M ACTUALLY NOT EVEN WORKING AT THIS MOMENT, BUT I’M AN ENTREPRENEUR. IT’S I MEAN, HOW CAN I PAY $10,000 ON TOP OF RENT CITY COUNCIL WAS ALREADY APPROVED A MORATORIUM ON POWER SHUT OFFS BY ENTERGY FOR INABILITY TO PAY THAT WILL LAST UNTIL NOVEMBER 1ST, BUT’ THE PEOPLE OF SOMEONE PAID BY THEN RIGHT NOW. I’M IN A NO WIN SITUATION UNLESS I’M ABLE TO GET HEALTHY. THE CITY HAS ALREADY RECEIVED A LIST OF NAMES OF RESIDENTS THAT ARE BEHIND ON THOSE BILLS FROM ENTERGY REPORTI

City of New Orleans hosts two-day utility assistance event

The city of New Orleans hosted its second and final day of utility assistance for renters who were at risk of electric or water disconnection. The utility assistance event started Tuesday and ended Wednesday at the Joe Brown Recreational Center. Wednesday morning, people were already lined up outside to receive assistance hours before the event starts. On Thursday, those lines were even longer. To receive utility assistance, renters had to provide the utility account number so that the city could make delinquent payments on the account. Payments were made directly to the utility provider.

The city of New Orleans hosted its second and final day of utility assistance for renters who were at risk of electric or water disconnection.

The utility assistance event started Tuesday and ended Wednesday at the Joe Brown Recreational Center.

Wednesday morning, people were already lined up outside to receive assistance hours before the event starts.

On Thursday, those lines were even longer.

To receive utility assistance, renters had to provide the utility account number so that the city could make delinquent payments on the account.

Payments were made directly to the utility provider.

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