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Pennsylvanians can now apply for rent, mortgage relief through federal CARES act

Pennsylvanians can now apply for rent and mortgage relief through the federal CARES Act.

The funding is meant to help people who have been struggling to pay for housing during the pandemic.

Eligible Pennsylvanians could receive $750 a month for up to a year.

Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman said its is vital to get those applications in before July 10, because that’s when the order banning evictions and foreclosures expires.

“It’s crucial that we get this help to the people who need it, particularly as we approach the July 10 deadline for the governor’s executive order prohibiting evictions and foreclosures for lack of payment,” Fetterman said. “Many people, through no fault of their own, are finding themselves and their families in jeopardy of losing their housing. In addition to the immeasurable stress this instability places on people at a time when so much is uncertain, we cannot rebuild a strong economy while people are in danger of being homeless.”

Applications for rental and mortgage assistance will be accepted starting July 6. Click here for more information on how to apply.

The agency’s toll-free call center at 1-855-U-Are-Home (827-3466) will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist the public and help with questions about the programs.