IMPACT AREAS

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Financial Protection

Through our Financial Protection Program (FPP), we focus on safeguarding consumer protections and issues that impact consumers’ wallets and quality of life, including identity theft, home foreclosure and predatory lending.

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Healthcare Access

The Health Access Program (HAP) seeks to ensure and expand access to safe and affordable healthcare for all Georgians through consumer empowerment, policy development and advocacy.

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Consumer Energy

The Consumer Energy Program (CEP) advocates on behalf of Georgia’s residential and small business customers in energy-related matters before Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and at the state capitol.

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Civil Justice

We seek to protect the right to trial by jury and promote access to the courts for all Georgians, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or economic level.

CONSUMER GUIDES

Advocacy Guide

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Advocates, community members, and others working on issues at the state-level often seek to spur legislative change.

The guide is designed to be used both independently and together to help shape your advocacy strategy and connect with elected officials.

Medical Bills and Debt Guide

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If you are one of millions of people struggling with medical bills or want to know how to lessen and manage your medical debt, this guide is for you!

Military Consumer Guide

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Military families are at a shockingly high risk for scams and deceptive business practices. The Guide will teach you how to protect yourself from common scams and inform you about your rights as a consumer.

Resource Directory

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Use this guide to jumpstart your research, explore avenues of advocacy you may be unfamiliar with, and connect with organizations working in your community.
This directory was curated as a guide for resources from individual and community-level perspectives. Organizations that provide assistance or guidance within each issue area are sub-categorized by geographic region.

Safer Lending Guide

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This guide takes an in-depth look at the types of small-dollar loans permitted in Georgia, how they are regulated, and who predatory lenders target.

POLICY PAPERS

Equity Impacts of Legislation

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This paper provides recommendations for adopting and implementing an Equity Impact Tool (EIT) to help lawmakers evaluate the positive and negative effects of certain legislation on historically disadvantaged groups in Georgia.

Keeping the Lights On

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Community solar presents an ideal alternative for low-income households who rent, cannot afford the high upfront costs of rooftop solar panels, live in multi-family housing, or lack suitable rooftops for panels.

Managing Garnishment Actions

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This paper provides recommendations for state law amendments to help Georgians pay off their debt while still maintaining a livable wage.

GEORGIA NEWS

How title lenders trap poor Georgians in debt with triple-digit interest rates
How title lenders trap poor Georgians in debt with triple-digit interest rates

By Margaret Coker/The Current GA, Joel Jacobs/ProPublica, with research by Mollie...

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Georgia Power pushed to expand solar program as state regulators consider 12% rate hike request
Georgia Power pushed to expand solar program as state regulators consider 12% rate hike request

By Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Recorder — Another round of hearings in Georgia Power’s rate case...

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Georgia Power begins loading fuel into one of Plant Vogtle’s new units
Georgia Power begins loading fuel into one of Plant Vogtle’s new units

By Drew Kann and Michael E. Kanell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Company says it expects...

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Metro Atlanta company suffers data breach, affecting 54K inmates
Metro Atlanta company suffers data breach, affecting 54K inmates

By Zach Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Experts say incarcerated people make for...

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Hearings on Georgia Power rate increase begin Tuesday
Hearings on Georgia Power rate increase begin Tuesday

By Molly Samuel and Emily Jones, WABE — Georgia Power wants to raise customers’ bills over the...

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Georgia Power’s Vogtle spending climbs, but no new delays forecast
Georgia Power’s Vogtle spending climbs, but no new delays forecast

By Drew Kann, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Georgia Power spent more than $500 million...

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PSC approves Georgia Power energy plan
PSC approves Georgia Power energy plan

By Orlando Montoya, GPB — Thursday afternoon, state energy regulators approved a plan outlining...

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Reflecting on the Community Benefit and Economic Stability (CBES) Project
Reflecting on the Community Benefit and Economic Stability (CBES) Project

By Sarah C. Phillips, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Georgia Watch – Since 2021, Georgia...

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Georgia Power wants 12% rate hike for customers to fund distribution improvements
Georgia Power wants 12% rate hike for customers to fund distribution improvements

By T.A. DeFeo, The Center Square — Georgia Power wants to invest billions in transmission and...

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Federal trial starts claiming Black voters disenfranchised by Georgia PSC elections
Federal trial starts claiming Black voters disenfranchised by Georgia PSC elections

By Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Recorder — Georgia‌ ‌Power’s plan to saddle its customers with a 12%...

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