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What is UESF?

You might start seeing these UESF hats all over Philly and wonder What is UESF?

Just imagine your car breaks down. You have a choice to get your car fixed or pay your electric bill. You choose to get your car fixed since you need it to get to work. A few months go by and your still behind on your electric bill and you receive a shut off notice. So what do you do? 

UESF can help pay your utility bill and get you back on track but it doesn’t stop there. We can also help you get to long-term stability through case management, education and resources so this does not happen again.

This is just one of the stories that UESF comes across on a daily basis; there are so many other scenarios. We offer a variety of services like helping homeless Veterans find a home to assisting families with childcare so they can go to work. #WhatIsUESF


Landlord Meet & Greet

Join us on January 16th for our Meet & Greet Landlord Luncheon. All landlords that have rental properties in the Philadelphia area and have a current license are welcome. Call our Housing Specialist at 215.814.0331 for more information.


Meet Lev Berstein

A 7th grader who started his own business called “Hot Sauce For Heat”. A portion of his proceeds help pay the heating bills for people in need. Lev came across UESF and decided to donate $1000 to help give heat to more participants during these cold months. Thank you Lev Berstein for your support, it is generous people like you who can make a big impact in communities.


Veterans Day Parade 2018

A great day to honor and support all the men and women who bravely served our country!!


A great reason to Golf

Thanks to everyone who gave support to provide emergency financial assistance for low income families facing utility crisis. Over $40,000 was raised and matched by PECO!


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.