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We Need You to Participate!

The NARUC Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest will host a unique event during the NARUC Summer Policy Summit in San Diego: A Poverty Simulation, What Role Do and Can Regulators Play?

The Simulation will be held on Sunday, July 17. Registration is from 1:45 - 2:30. Simulation runs from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. 

A poverty simulation is an activity in which participants have the opportunity to experience some of the challenges facing low-income consumers and other vulnerable populations.

Participants will be assigned the role of a "family member" and they will encounter obstacles as they go about their day trying to pay bills and deal with routine responsibilities.  Representatives will be present for community resources and services for the families. These services can include a bank, super center, community action agency, employer, utility company, pawn broker, grocery, division of family service office, police officer, an "illegal activities" person, payday and title loan facility, mortgage company, school and child care facility.

Objectives of this Poverty Simulation include:

-Exploring factors impacting consumer decisions related to utility payments;

-Increasing understanding about the numerous challenges and dueling priorities facing low-income consumers and vulnerable populations; and

-Identifying specific ways Commissions, utilities, and consumer advocates can collaborate to address these challenges as they relate to the affordability of utilities. 

We thank you in advance for participating in what will be an engaging, informative event!

So that NARUC staff has up-to-date information on all participants for this event, please complete the following survey questions.


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