Alliance Hosts Utility and Phone Bill Advocacy EventPosted on October 27th, 2014.
Next month the Alliance will host utility and phone bill advocacy events called Bill Clinics. The Bill Clinics will occur every Wednesday in November (November 5, 12, and 26 from 1-5 pm and November 19 from 3-7 pm). The events will be held at the Alliance El Cajon Blvd. office. They are open to all members of the community and will include free consultations to try and lower participants’ SDG&E and phone bills.
Cameron Brown, the Refugee Utility Advocacy Coordinator, is heading up the Bill Clinics and training advocates in preparation for the events. Cameron explains,
“Our advocates will evaluate participants’ bills and try to get them lowered by contesting unfair charges, enrolling people in discount programs, and requesting energy use assessments.”
The events will also provide guidance to individuals in better understanding their bills and the services they receive. Spanish, Farsi, Turkish, and Arabic interpreters will be available to assist participants with limited English ability. Advocates will also provide education about common scams targeting refugee and immigrant populations.
The Bill Clinics are funded by TEAM and CHANGES, advocacy programs administered by the Alliance that seek to increase community awareness regarding natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications services.
Community members interested in having their bills evaluated by an Alliance advocate should bring a copy of SDGE, home phone, and cell phone bills to any of the Bill Clinic sessions going on in November. For more information, call Cameron at 619-286-9052 x 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.