LIHEAP Closes on April 30th

March 29th, 2021|

The 2020-2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is open. The season has been extended and is now set to close on April 30th. "The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households

RISE PA Stakeholder Webinars Announced

February 26th, 2021|

The Pa. Department of Human Services (DHS) is planning a series of webinars to introduce the Resource Information and Services Enterprise – or RISE PA – an upcoming statewide resource and referral tool that will enable advocates and individuals in need to more quickly identify appropriate service providers,  including social ministry

Administration Releases New Guidance for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

February 22nd, 2021|

  The U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidelines and a new FAQ to help states and communities quickly distribute more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to renters in need.  The revised FAQ  directly addresses the significant flaws in the guidance issued by the previous administration. Pennsylvania's rental assistance program, whose

Act 1 Creates New Rental and Utility Assistance Program To Disburse Millions in Federal Aid

February 8th, 2021|

On Friday, Feb.  5, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law SB109, now known as Act 1,  directing more than $900 million in federal pandemic aid to struggling businesses, private schools, landlords and tenants unable to meet rent or utility bills because of economic downturn related to the failure to stop the spread

Utility Moratorium Updates: What You Need to Know

February 4th, 2021|

On March 31, 2021 the utility shutoff moratorium protecting vulnerable Pennsylvanians from service termination will expire. With moratoria in place since the beginning of the pandemic, customers had been protected from losing their utility services. With many if not more Pennsylvanians still suffering from the economic downturn, the prospect of an unrenewed moratorium is daunting. When the initial

Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Emergency Housing Provisions

January 7th, 2021|

The latest COVID-19 Relief Bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The $900 billion COVID-relief package includes housing provisions such as $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC's federal eviction moratorium through January 31st. The relief bill will provide essential and desperately needed

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