31 percent of US households struggle to pay their energy bills

ENVIRONMENT | A newly released report by the Energy Information Administration found that in 2015, almost one in five households had to reduce food, medicine and other necessities to pay their energy bill in the US. Most of the households impacted were communities of color. (NPR, 9/19)

“We only conduct the Residential Energy Consumption Survey every 4-5 years,” survey manager Chip Berry told NPR by email. “This is the first time in the history of the study (goes back to late ’70s) that we have [measured] energy insecurity across all households, so there’s not much in the way of historical comparison.”

The study found that about half of households experiencing trouble reported income of less than $20,000. More than 40 percent had at least one child.

PUERTO RICO | On the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which claimed the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans, residents are still feeling its impact. (NBC News, 9/20)

WORKFORCE‘Chocolate City’ is now ‘Money City’: The high price D.C. is paying to overturn the public’s will (WaPo, 9/19)

LEGAL AID | According to the DC Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report, DC lawyers performed more pro bono work in 2017 than they did in any previous year. (WTOP, 9/17)

HEALTH CARE | Here’s the latest on Providence hospital’s upcoming closure in D.C. (WBJ, 9/19)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | How resistance against the growing diversity of suburban areas is displayed in the recent case involving the Masterpiece Cakeshop which refused to make a cake for a gay couple. (Citylab, 9/19)

Here’s some inspiration to keep doing the small things you do to make the world a better place.

– Kendra