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Alerts & Notices (Alertas)
  • Important Alert: PHFA employees will be working remotely until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    As a result, all PHFA offices are currently closed to the public.

Helpful Resources for People Impacted by the Coronavirus

2021 ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS

The application period for the first round of CARES assistance for renters (and homeowners) ended on Nov. 4, 2020. So that round of financial assistance has concluded. Please be watching your local news, or return to this webpage, to learn if, and when, new financial assistance for renters will be made available in Pennsylvania in 2021. We will post updates here as information becomes available. Thank you.

  • The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania reports that Senate Bill 109, which is now Act 1, provides financial assistance for individuals and businesses in the Commonwealth, including renters, who are struggling for reasons related to the pandemic. Specifically, Act 1 directs the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to administer the new statewide Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program. Here is a summary of this program.
  • On Feb. 5, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Tom Wolf had signed into law $912 million in pandemic relief. Of that amount, $570 million will be divided among all Pennsylvania counties to help renters hurt economically by COVID-19 to pay their rent and utilities. Any assistance unspent by Sept. 30 must be returned to the federal government.
  • The Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania's state Senate on Jan. 27 unanimously approved legislation to distribute more than $900 million to aid people struggling to pay rent or utility bills, as well as schools and hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus. The bill still requires approval from the state House of Representatives and Gov. Tom Wolf.
  • Capitolwire.com reports that the state Senate on Jan. 27 is debating Senate Bill 109. Under that bill, $569.808 million in federal funding allocated to Pennsylvania will be dedicated to rental and utility assistance, if it is passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

A list of resources follows for use by consumers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. PHFA will expand this list over time, so please check back often.

HOUSING-RELATED INFORMATION

RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC

RESOURCES FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED

  • The federal CARES Act will provide unemployment benefits to the self-employed, gig workers, and other individuals who previously were not eligible for unemployment. Learn more at the Commonwealth of PA website.

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS