Shine A Light On Your Utility Rights

Having working utilities in your home is very important. For many, working utilities are especially essential when housing different types of medicines. We all pay for our utilities, but what rights are people protected by when it comes to managing their utilities? How do these rights affect day to day living? And where can people look to for help?

With the change of weather on coming having your utilities on is really important. But many people run into a number of problems with their utilities that can cause life-changing issues. CUP and Public Utility Law Project collaborated to create a guide that works to elaborate on the processes and avenues an individual can go through and access in order to keep their utilities on and avoid any major problems.

The project is targeted at increasing awareness of the resources and laws that protect residents. Public Utility Law Project has already distributed 500,000 copies to people living in New York City and is looking to expand the projects reach to the tri-state area.

Resources & Links

 Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Public Utility Project is a 35-year -old statewide independent not-for-profit law firm whose sole mission is to advocate, educate, and litigate on behalf of low, middle, and fixed-income New York utility ratepayers.

Hanna Kim is an artist and a designer who finds joy in reimaging complex or abstract information through visual communication. A more beautiful, just, and coherent world inspires her to work.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Christine Gaspar, Oscar Nuñez, Jazlyn Patricio-Archer, Frampton Tolbert, Mark Torrey, Jenn Anne Williams, NYS Senator Kevin Parker and is staff, Tara Williams and LaChanda Moor, NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and his staff, Ashley Torres, Ronn Jordan, and Adolfo Abreu, Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition and Claude Copeland, Sharon Martin, Tricia Meroe, Kyle Muckette, and Ruby Ramsey


  • CUP
    Ingrid Haftel
  • Deja Holden
    Nick Johnson
  • Utility Law Project
    Advocacy Partner
    Rachel Burd
    Richard A. Berkley
  • Designer
  • Hanna Kim