Hennessey: PA Help Available for Eviction, Utilities

HARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania residents who are at risk of being evicted from their homes, or have the potential to lose utility services, can apply to the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program for help, according to 26th District state Rep. Tim Hennessey, whose legislative territory includes portions of Pottstown Borough and North Coventry Township.

Hennessey reported a total of $847 million has been distributed among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to help thousands of families maintain housing and utility services. Households may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance to cover past-due or future rental and utility payments. Rental property owners also can apply to the program on behalf of their tenants. Applications can be completed online, here.

Program details are available here. To qualify, households must:

  • Be responsible to pay rent on a residential property;
  • Have at least one person who qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in income, had increased household costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Have at least one person at risk of homelessness or household instability; and
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of a state measurement index.

“This program will provide a lifeline that is based on need, not income, and will enable people to remain in their homes and able to pay their utilities,” Hennessey said. “However, residents are urged to apply as soon as possible. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are depleted.”

Hennessey photo from his legislative office; state Capitol photo from WikiMedia