A message from the Urban Affairs Coalition …*

With warmer weather here, it is a good time to repair your home. Home and energy improvements help boost value, lower energy bills, and save money. Help is on the way to make the repairs affordable.

Repairs can be made with help from a Mini-PHIL or PHIL-Plus loan.

Even if your credit is less than perfect, you may qualify for a Mini-PHIL loan up to $10,000 or a PHIL-Plus loan up to $25,000. The Urban Affairs Coalition works with the City of Philadelphia and community lenders to offer these loans to eligible borrowers looking to make home improvements or pay off existing debt.

You won’t be alone: Neighborhood counselors are available to provide free assistance to help you apply for your loan.

To find out if you are eligible, visit UAC.org/home-improvement or call 215-851-1854.

*It is the mission of the Urban Affairs Coalition to unite government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.

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  • Do not use electrical devices including cell phones which may cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.
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  • Do not start vehicles.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until a PGW employee or a qualified utility representative says it is safe to do so.
  • Do not put out the flames if natural gas ignites.