Utility companies host meetings to help those who can't pay their bills

Mike Dougherty
March 04, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Assistance is available for Philadelphians who are having trouble keeping up with their utility bills, and more information will be available at three informational meetings this month.

PECO, the Philadelphia Water Department and Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) banded together to host the utility fairs.

"We feel that it's important to provide this assistance, let people know that it's out there. We have three events where we're offering this help," said Laura Copeland with the water department.

Copeland says utility companies can shut off service on April 1 if people have fallen far behind. The purpose of these community meetings is to let everyone know assistance is available if they aren't able to pay their bills. 

"We wanted to provide an opportunity for Philadelphia customers to come to one place where they can apply for assistance for all three utilities," Copeland said. 

The meetings will be held on the following days: 

Wednesday, March 6: Mann Older Adult Center, 3201 N. 5th Street from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Saturday, March 9: Mann Older Adult Center, 3201 N. 5th Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Saturday March 23: McIlvain Recreation Center, 5200 Penn Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.