PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s some new help for low-income families in Philadelphia who don’t have hot water. The Energy Coordinating Agency is launching a Water Heater Emergency Fund.
The money will be used to help replace water heaters for families who may not be able to afford new ones.READ MORE: Person Of Interest In Custody Following Stabbing That Left Woman Dead In West Philadelphia, Police Say
Grant money from the state, along with two local non-profits, is helping to pay for the heaters.READ MORE: Phillies Honoring 1980s World Series Championship Team Prior To Sunday's Game Against Nationals
Senator Sharif Street and other local officials held a press conference at the Energy Coordinating Agency’s headquarters on the 100 block of Clearfield Avenue Friday afternoon.
“This program will increase the safety and affordability of the homes of low-income families and help preserve the transfer of generational wealth as gentrification continues to change the landscape and diversity of Philadelphia. In addition, we will be installing heat pump water heaters which will help our city meet its goals for electrification,” Sen. Street said.MORE NEWS: 2nd Street Festival Bringing Beer Gardens, Food Trucks, And Live Music To Northern Liberties For 1st Time In 2 Years
The ECA’s heater hotline receives numerous calls per week from low-income families without hot water.