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Renters Are Struggling. The Biden Administration Introduced New Protections for Them This Week.

The Biden administration introduced several new efforts to protect renters, make renting more affordable, and to increase fairness in the rental market.

An old house with row houses next to it at the corner of 4th and Hickory streets in Warren, Pa., on a sunny spring day. (Shutterstock Photo/woodsnorthphoto)
Participants in Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Are Getting a Bonus Rebate

Individuals who were approved for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program in 2021 will receive a one-time bonus rebate before the end of this year.

BRADDOCK, PA - OCTOBER 13: Street scenes from the historical steel mill town of Braddock, Pennsylvania on October 13, 2016. Braddock was once a thriving center of America's steel industry but once the mills closed, it suffered severe economic decline and depopulation. Efforts are being made to repurpose many of the abandoned buildings for art projects and community development, and U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson mill is still operational. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
How Pennsylvania’s New Whole Home Repair Program Can Help You

The Whole Home Repair Program is funded through the state budget and offers grants and loans to homeowners and landlords who struggle to pay for necessary home repairs.

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A Housing Crisis Amplified By Pandemic, Affecting Both Renters and Homeowners

Pennsylvania had been dealing with an affordable housing crisis long before the pandemic hit. The coronavirus has made it worse.

An old house with row houses next to it at the corner of 4th and Hickory streets in Warren, Pa., on a sunny spring day. (Shutterstock Photo/woodsnorthphoto)
Deadline Approaching for Pa. Homeowners to Apply for Pandemic Mortgage Assistance

Applicants could get as much as $1,000 per month for mortgage payments for six months. The deadline to apply is Wednesday.

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400,000 Pennsylvanians Could Be Evicted Unless the GOP-Led Legislature Acts

The Democrats’ “Safe at Home” package would extend the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and increase assistance to renters, homeowners, and small “mom and pop” landlords.

FILE - In this May 20, 2020, file photo, signs that read "No Job No Rent" hang from the windows of an apartment building during the coronavirus pandemic in Northwest Washington. The pandemic has shut housing courts and prompted authorities around the U.S. to initiate policies protecting renters from eviction. But not everyone is covered, and some landlords are turning to threats and harassment to force tenants out. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
The CDC’s New Eviction Freeze Might Not Be Enough To Help Philly Tenants

The CDC freeze applies only to evictions filed because of nonpayment of rent related to COVID-19. It requires an individual income of less than $99,000 and proof of the loss of income.