Nonprofit keeps community warm by providing heat to low-income families in Kensington

Updated: Feb 28, 2019


CHERRI GREGG


A nonprofit based in the center of the opioid epidemic in Kensington is offering a little hope this holiday season.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A nonprofit based in the center of the opioid epidemic in Kensington is offering a little hope this holiday season.


Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is providing heat to low-income households in Kensington, as well as free vocational training to youth. 

"We're right in probably the most challenging neighborhood of Philadelphia," said Steve Luxton, executive director of ECA.


The nonprofit, located on West Clearfield Street, is a stone's throw from the railroad tracks that once served as host to the infamous El Campamento. But while opioid users may sit on the outside, inside of ECA's warehouse, it's a different world.


ECA's emergency heater hotline gets scores of calls every day during the bitter cold months when heaters of low-income families stop working. ECA will dispatch technicians for a quick fix, and if that is not an option, the group will install a new system. The organization installed more than 850 in 2017.