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CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Information

July 10, 2020
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today encouraged Pennsylvanians who have been affected financially by the COVID-19 public-health crisis to take advantage of programs designed to help with rent payments and utility bills. Secretary Miller also advised of the upcoming July
July 8, 2020
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the “Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit” to encourage Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) landlords to plan for and implement strategies to keep families stably housed and
July 6, 2020
The Departments of Labor & Industry (L&I) and Human Services (DHS) are reminding Pennsylvanians that state assistance is available when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provides an extra $600 per week to everyone receiving unemployment benefit payments, ends July
July 2, 2020
Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.5 billion await an estimated 1.4 million individual taxpayers who did not file a 2016 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service. "The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are owed refunds but haven't filed their 2016 tax returns
June 30, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf participated in a virtual event on June 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of Clean Slate automatic record sealing in Pennsylvania. The governor joined a Zoom panel with legislators and advocates for the event sponsored by Community Legal Services, The Clean Slate Initiative
June 30, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information statewide and county COVID-19 prevalence to track increases in disease in the community on a weekly basis. “This dashboard provides the entire community with early warning to
June 30, 2020
While many people are required to file a tax return, it's a good idea for everyone to determine if they should file. Some people with low income are not required to file but will need to do so to get a tax refund. The Interactive Tax Assistant – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? - will help determine
June 29, 2020
Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) starting June 29.

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