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Helpful Resources for People Impacted by the Coronavirus


The application period for the first round of CARES assistance for renters (and homeowners) ended on Nov. 4, 2020. So that round of financial assistance has concluded. Please be watching your local news, or return to this webpage, to learn if, and when, new financial assistance for renters will be made available in Pennsylvania in 2021. We will post updates here as information becomes available. Thank you.

  • July 29, 2021 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched an online tool to help renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities, and other expenses. The Rental Assistance Finder connects renters and landlords with state and local programs distributing federal assistance.
  • July 8, 2021 – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services continues to add helpful information and resources for renters needing rental assistance due to the pandemic. Please check their website regularly for updates.
  • March 18, 2021 – The Governor's Office has released this update about the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is providing financial assistance to help Pennsylvanians with rent and utility expenses.
  • March 11, 2021 – Pennsylvania's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides assistance to renters and landlords affected by the pandemic who are suffering economic insecurity, is now accepting applications for eligible residents.
  • The PA Department of Human Services will be coordinating the new round of financial assistance for Pennsylvania renters in 2021. You can check out this website for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program. As of March 1, details of the program are still being finalized. DHS expects to open for applications by mid-March. Be sure to continuously monitor that website for the latest information. Additionally, DHS will be posting rental assistance updates on its Facebook page and its Twitter page. Those two DHS social media sites are good resources to monitor for news about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program as it prepares to launch in 2021. Finally, DHS will be working with county agencies and advocates to share information as broadly as possible when the application for rental assistance becomes available. So renters are advised to watch their local news for updates, as well.
  • On Feb. 5, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Tom Wolf had signed into law $912 million in pandemic relief. Of that amount, $570 million will be divided among all Pennsylvania counties to help renters hurt economically by COVID-19 to pay their rent and utilities. Any assistance unspent by Sept. 30 must be returned to the federal government.
  • The Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania's state Senate on Jan. 27 unanimously approved legislation to distribute more than $900 million to aid people struggling to pay rent or utility bills, as well as schools and hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus. The bill still requires approval from the state House of Representatives and Gov. Tom Wolf.
  • reports that the state Senate on Jan. 27 is debating Senate Bill 109. Under that bill, $569.808 million in federal funding allocated to Pennsylvania will be dedicated to rental and utility assistance, if it is passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

A list of resources follows for use by consumers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. PHFA will expand this list over time, so please check back often.




  • The federal CARES Act will provide unemployment benefits to the self-employed, gig workers, and other individuals who previously were not eligible for unemployment. Learn more at the Commonwealth of PA website.