Edison International and United Way Use Energy Assistance Fund to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Edison International and United Way Use Energy Assistance Fund to Break the Cycle of Poverty

The majority of renters living in Los Angeles spend 30% to 50% of their monthly income on rent. This, along with the escalated cost of living, has made it nearly impossible for many residents to afford basic necessities such as food and electricity.

The Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) is a partnership between Edison International and United Way of Greater L.A. which helps low to moderate-income families pay their electric bills.

According to UWGLA President and CEO Elise Buik, “one in five children in L.A. County is living below the poverty level. With more proposed budget cuts to social services, we all need to follow Edison International’s example of supporting our neighbors facing tremendous hardship.”

“We applaud their commitment to helping even more people in need with their current investment of $1 million into EAF and our communities.”

Since 1982, Edison and its employees have assisted more than 200,000 families with approximately $12 million in EAF investments.

United Way of Greater L.A. administers EAF program funds in 12 counties including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Distribution is based on need and sites are strategically located throughout Southern California Edison’s service areas for efficient processing and payment.

The summer heat means higher utility bills, placing an even heavier burden on families and household budgets.

Your tax-deductible donations to EAF can be made through United Way or your monthly electric bill (SCE customers only). 

For more information on how to qualify for EAF, please visit www.SCE.com/EAF or call (800) 205-8596.



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