There isn’t a single county or major metropolitan area where the minimum wage is remotely close to what is needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
“I am taking this action to help families know they will have a roof over their heads and a place to live while all of us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement.
Gov. Wolf and state lawmakers are devoting at least $150 million in federal coronavirus emergency relief money for rental assistance of $750 per month for up to six months.
The data and analytics real estate firm Amherst projects that 28 million renters, or about 22.5% of all households, are at risk of eviction.
The airport began enforcing new rules Tuesday, allowing only workers and those with airport business in the terminals and baggage areas.
The programs benefit Pennsylvanians ages 65 and older, adults with disabilities, and widows and widowers ages 50 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters.
About a third of renters didn’t pay rent in April, and with the number of unemployed at over 26 million and counting, even more are expected to have trouble paying in May.
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