(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
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.