As Moratoriums End and Bills Come Due, Cities Offer Utility Relief

Route Fifty: Even before the pandemic, Chicago residents owed the city $330 million in missed water payments, with much of the debt concentrated in the city’s predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods.

With many residents now out of work because of the coronavirus-fueled downturn, even more could end up racking up utility debt. To help people cover these bills, Chicago this month announced a new relief program for city-provided utilities.

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