Episode 16 - You Have Power
This "No Makeup Podcast" features Brenda Brown, a low-income advocate who sued the City of Barre in 2012 for shutting off the water in her rental unit for two months when her landlord failed to pay the water bill. With the help of Vermont Legal Aid, Brenda successfully helped pass a law ensuring that no one else in Vermont would have to endure the hardship of living without water because their landlords failed to pay the bill. Renters have a right to the public water supply and must be given an opportunity to pay for water service and deduct it from their rent if the water is noticed for shut-off and is included in the tenant's rent.
Later, in 2015 Brenda helped pass a law regulating Vermont's "rent-to-own" industry as a member of Governor Shumlin's Pathways From Poverty Council. In this episode, Brenda discusses the importance of fighting for what is right.