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PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund utility assistance

Assistance Fund (MEAF) service may be able to help them. The program was created as a result of donations from the community. It was set up as an ongoing effort that provides energy bill help to the low income and it also allows people to contribute to give back to the community.

This type of program is one off. It is most effective when it is combined with other services, such as LIHEAP, weatherization, or any other charitable or government program. PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF) is for a crisis only, and a select (limited) number of people will qualify for utility bill help. Therefore it should not be relied on.

One of the barriers that does limited the amount of aid is the fact it is a donation service. This means that the only reason it operates is due to the generosity of the community. So there is a small number of PECO customers that can be assisted before the money runs out. Also, any aid is paid out first come and served.

Additional details on PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF)

As noted, it accomplishes two things. One is it allows a small number of struggling families to get help and avoid a cut off of their heat or electricity. Much of this is for the elderly, vulnerable, and people in a one time crisis. This first objective is a huge asset for the community.

However PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF) also allows people to give back to the community. They can donate money to it on their own free will. There is a monthly Round Up process that can be used, or people can also make a one time donation. Any amount is always appreciated; whether it is $1 or $50. So it is a flexible contribution service.






When donating, it is tax deductible. Also any contributions stay local, in the PECO service territory. So a donation makes a critical impact to a community by allowing the power to stay on for some vulnerable family. Many of those that get help with keeping their electricity on are senior citizens or a family with a child that is going through a short term hardship.

When applying to PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF), be prepared with proof of hardship and need. Applicants need supporting documentation of their income as well as copies of past utility bills. There should be identification for all household members in the community, such as driver's license, social security cards, and other proof. The agencies that provide funds may also request more data as well.

Cash will not be given to the customer. Instead the family will be given a credit on their bill. Or there will be money mailed directly to the utility company. In either case it will be enforced that all of the money needs to go for the utility or heating bill in question. This is required by the program.

For more details on PECO Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF)  (to apply or contribute), dial 1-800-774-7040.



By: Jon McNamara


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