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    It’s time for an infrastructure ‘boost’: Confronting utility bill affordability during the COVID-19 recession

    When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. EDT

    Online only: https://www.brookings.edu/events/its-time-for-an-infrastructure-boost-confronting-utility-bill-affordability-during-the-covid-19-recession/

    What: Infrastructure services like water and sewer, electricity and gas, transportation, telephone, and broadband are essential to everyday life, but they are not always affordable to households. The economic impacts of COVID-19 have only exacerbated affordability challenges and created an additional barrier to economic opportunity. While 32 states have enacted emergency orders to bar utility shutoffs, many are set to expire soon, leaving millions of American households in dire circumstances.

    On Tuesday, September 15, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program will convene a discussion examining the challenges around affordability and exploring solutions that will bring relief to household budgets. Mayor Byron Brown will provide keynote remarks on innovative ways Buffalo, N.Y., is providing relief to households struggling with utility costs. Two panel conversations will follow to break down how utility costs can be tracked and measured and explore tech-based solutions designed to achieve greater affordability for households in need of financial support.

    Questions from the audience will follow the discussion. Viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or on Twitter @BrookingsMetro using #InfraBoost.

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