MontCo Receives Money to Pay Rents, Stave Off Evictions

WASHINGTON DC – The arrival of grant money to help residents of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties who face the possibility of being evicted from their homes, primarily as a result of job losses and other circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, was announced Monday (Sept. 14, 2020) by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

The state overall is due to receive $1.988 billion in funding for eviction relief, Casey said. Of that amount, $3.56 million is set aside for Montgomery County, $2.62 million for Chester, and $1.65 million for Berks.

Money is being distributed to areas where households face a higher risk of eviction, according to the announcement. The funding consists of Community Development Block Grants within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “This funding is essential to providing support for Pennsylvanians who need temporary financial assistance to pay rent and weather the eviction crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has created,” Casey said.

A Pennsylvania eviction and foreclosure moratorium expired Aug. 31.

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