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UESF Awarded Sixth Consecutive VA Grant to Help Housing Challenged Veterans in Philadelphia

(Sept. 10, 2018) Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) has been awarded $943,000 from the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (SSVF) to help stabilize housing for homeless and near homeless veterans in Philadelphia.

Through the SSVF program the VA has awarded approximately $326 million to 252 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Since first receiving SSVF funding in 2013, UESF has assisted over 1000 vulnerable Veteran families stabilize their housing,” said John Rowe, UESF Executive Director. “We are grateful for the continued confidence of the VA’s SSVF leadership to successfully carry out these services, and look forward to further reducing homelessness among Philadelphia’s Veterans.”

Veterans in need of assistance or organizations interested in referring Veterans to UESF can contact UESF’s Veterans hotline at (215) 814-6888.

About UESF: Established in 1983 as the City’s go to organization for emergency utility assistance, UESF has since expanded its focus to address the broader housing issues facing low income Philadelphians. Today, UESF manages 8 housing stabilization-focused programs, and serves nearly 7000 families annually with nearly $3 million in housing assistance—to keep families in their homes.