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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.  


Save the Date

The 22st Annual PECO Universal Services Best Ball Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 8th, 2018 at Paxon Hollow Country Club! Join us for a day of fun and philanthropy!

Please contact Lisa Rivera at for additional information.