Montgomery County, PA Community Action Development Commission

Emergency Utility Management Services

This is a Crisis Service
  • Program Status: Open

Utility Emergency Services

The PECO Matching Energy Assistance fund is available to assist qualified people who are about to lose their PECO service, or whose service has already been terminated.

Other programs include the PA American Water program "Dollar Energy" and the Aqua Water program "Helping Hands."  These programs are designed to assist qualified applicants who are having trouble paying their water bills.

To learn more, call us toll free at 1-877-223-2662 ext. 118


PECO Energy Matching Energy Assistance Fund

You qualify if:

  • Your service has been terminated, or you have received notice of termination by PECO.
  • Your total household income  is less than 175% of the Federal Income Poverty Guidelines.
  • You have not received assistance under this program in the last 2 years.
  • Your name must be on the utility bill, or shut-off notice.

Dollar Energy - PA American Water

You qualify if:

  • Your name is on the bill and you are living in the home.
  • Total household income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
  • If you have not made a payment in the last 90 days, then you must make a payment of $100.00, or $50.00 if you are a senior over age 62, before your application is accepted.
  • The amount you owe is more than $100.  
  • Seniors age 62 and over can apply even with a zero balance.

Helping Hands - Aqua PA Water

You qualify if:

  • Total household income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
  • You owe more than than $110.00 and you are more than 21 days past due.
  • Only the person whose name is on the bill can apply.
  • The water company will ask you for a "Good faith" first payment and then establish continuing monthly payments.


Income Guidelines

PECO Energy Matching Energy Assistance Fund

Dollar Energy/Helping Hands



What Does the Program Provide?

PECO Energy Matching Energy Assistance Fund: For qualified applicants CADCOM’s REACH program will pay up to $250 per household for a home with just Electric, and up to $500 for a home with both Gas and Electric.  The applicant has to pay any reconnection fee and any extra amount owed to bring the total bill to a Zero balance after the grant has been applied.  

Dollar Energy/Helping Hands:  The program helps qualified applicants make payment arrangements with the water company.