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A 20 Year Celebration

Ms. Marjorie has worked for UESF for 20 years, greeting our participants with a smile on her face! Happy Anniversary

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UESF Awarded Grant to Expand our Shelter to Permanent Program

(May 22, 2019) Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) continues to innovate in their approach to providing a path out of Philadelphia’s homeless shelters. UESF has been working with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services to eliminate utility arrearages enabling Philadelphians to exit the shelters and find permanent housing. Through a generous award of $25,000 from The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia Giving Circle’s donor-advised fund at the Philadelphia Foundation, UESF is expanding its Shelter to Permanent housing work by providing security deposits to single woman families coming out of the Philadelphia Shelter System allowing the families to enter permanent housing.

The lack of funds for security deposits to move into a property has been an on-going obstacle for many families coming out of the shelter system. Families are not able to move out of shelter in a timely manner causing the city to continue to pay shelter costs for families who otherwise would be able to obtain and sustain their own housing. With these awarded funds we anticipant to help 15-20 families by removing this barrier and help break the cycle of poverty within Philadelphia.

“We’ve been eliminating utility arrearages for Philadelphians, a barrier for permanent housing,” said John Rowe, UESF Executive Director. “Due to the generosity of the Cosmopolitan Club’s Giving Circle, families are empowered to leave the shelter system and continue on the path to self-sufficiency.”

If you are in need of assistance or are an organization interested in referring participants to UESF, you can contact UESF’s Main number at (215) 972-5170. We offer services in many areas such as; families with children in the Philadelphia School district, Veterans, Veteran ex-offenders, workforce development, utility assistance, PA CareerLink® participants, and households with high water usage.

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.  

About The Cosmopolitan Club: The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, a private women’s club, enriches the lives of its members by providing opportunities to cultivate friendships, exchange ideas, and enjoy interesting programs.  Founded in 2016, The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia Giving Circle demonstrates the power of collective philanthropy through its grants to not-for-profit organizations that improve the life circumstances of women and children in the community.  

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Annual VetFest

A great day to celebrate our city’s Veterans and connect them with resources they need!

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Congrats Abir!

Today we celebrate with Abir, one of our Family Empowerment Advocates, as she is now officially a US Citizen!

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UESF Awarded Home4Good Grant to Help Ready for Release Incarcerated Veterans Stabilize Housing

(Dec 14, 2018) Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) has been awarded $223,470 from FHLBank Pittsburgh and PHFA for the Home4Good Funding Award to go towards initiatives that targets homelessness in Pennsylvania.

UESF’s new program will provide housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans released from the PA Prison System within the past year who are ineligible for our current Veterans program.  The supportive services will provide long-term Intensive case management, a housing stability plan, self-sufficient workshops, job placement, internal referrals to our other programs and a matrix system that will track progress throughout the enrollment of the program.

“We have been helping our veteran community since 2013 with our SSVF Program, this is the logical next step to allow us to expand our service to this community.” said John Rowe, UESF Executive Director. “We are grateful FHL Bank Pittsburgh and PHFA placed their confidence in our credibility to help us continue to further battle the homelessness problem 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.  

(National Press Release)

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FHLBank Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced today the 2018 Home4Good funding awarded to programs across the state working to reduce homelessness.  This year, FHLBank Pittsburgh provided $3 million toward the effort, and PHFA provided $1.5 million, for a total contribution of $4.5 million.

“FHLBank is privileged to partner with PHFA and our member institutions to provide these much-needed funds to 49 programs working to end homelessness in Pennsylvania,” said Winthrop Watson, FHLBank’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Home4Good was created by FHLBank Pittsburgh and is being administered by PHFA. The funding announced today is being distributed as grants to organizations that help individuals retain or find housing, provide supportive services to those facing homelessness or address other unmet needs within the existing homeless provider network.

Distribution of the funding in most counties is being overseen by local Continuum of Care organizations. The list of funding recipients is provided below.

“PHFA is pleased to be a part of this effort to reduce homelessness in Pennsylvania,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “There is no single program that alone can end homelessness in the state. That’s why Home4Good is funding a variety of different programs that together should make real progress getting people off the streets and into housing.”

Information about Home4Good is available at www.fhlb-pgh.com, and at www.phfa.org at the bottom of the homepage, under “Resources.” Organizations interested in future participation in the program can contact Kate Swanson at kate.swanson@fhlb-pgh.com or Bryce Maretzki at bmaretzki@phfa.org for details.

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Building Community – Block by Block

UESF will be attending Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. Block Captain Boot Camp event coming up on May 4th. The event will include education workshops such as: Block Captain 101, Financial Literacy & Emergency Preparedness.