The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million. PHFA is the agency in Pennsylvania that is administering the CARES funding, funneling it through local community agencies. The PHFA web site has lots of information about and tips on completing the applications for rent relief. You can also contact your local community agency that is processing applications in your county.
The county organizations are now accepting completed applications for rent assistance. Last day to apply is September 30, 2020.
The CARES funding for renters must be completely distributed by November 30, 2020.