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October 19, 2020
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that it is awarding Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) to 24 legal services organizations totaling $3,941,298. The TIG program funds technology projects that provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance and information for low-income
October 16, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf has announced that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is improving the COVID Relief Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program to help more renters and homeowners remain in their homes. Effective Oct. 17, landlords and mortgagees will have a new option to reach agreements
October 16, 2020
The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds veterans who suffer from service-connected blindness to apply for the Blind Veterans Pension. The program provides eligible Pennsylvania veterans with a $150 per-month pension. “October is Blindness Awareness Month, a key time to
October 13, 2020
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million
October 9, 2020
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction at 10:00 AM Friday, October 9, 2020 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. This hearing was rescheduled from September 23. Recorded Video of the Full Hearing: Requested by
October 7, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf has issued a Proclamation proclaiming October 25-31, 2020, to be PRO BONO WEEK in Pennsylvania with the theme of Rising to Meet the Challenge: Pro Bono Response to COVID-19. The proclamation encourages all Pennsylvanians to recognize and appreciate the dedication and contributions
October 6, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is now Nov. 21, 2020. This new date will provide an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline. The IRS urges people who don’t typically file a tax return – and haven’t received an
October 6, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf has issued an emergency order suspending the statutory deadline provision in the COVID Relief-Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program. The deadline under section 191-C(g)(3) of Act 24 of 2020 originally scheduled for Sept. 30 was stayed by the governor, effective today, for 30

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