CLEVELAND—This weekend, Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), along with State Representative Janine Boyd and State Representative Stephanie Howse, facilitated an Energy Expo for residents in the Cleveland area. Held at the Third District Police Station, the event attracted over 100 citizens. The Energy Expo consisted of community organizations and agencies with the common goal of educating people about their energy bill options and helping lower their energy bills or set up payment plans if they were struggling to pay their current bill.

“Colder weather adds extra strains in budgets,” said Senator Williams. “Many people are unaware of program options that are available to them to help keep their lights and gas on. The goal today was to help alleviate the burden for some struggling individuals and families and to shed light on programs that will help them.”

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC), Cleveland Housing Network, The Illuminating Company, Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and ACN were in attendance. Invited speakers were given 10 minutes to discuss their programs and organizations. Citizens then had the opportunity to apply or get information at tables where the organizations were set up.

“It is important for me to make sure people are informed, because there are people in my district who need help. I want them to know that I understand many of the burdens they face and I am willing to help in any way that I can. Today, that help included providing a central location for residents to learn and get their energy bills under control,” said Senator Williams. “As always, if anyone needs assistance and was unavailable to make it to the Energy Expo, please contact my office and I will point you in the right direction.”

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