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It’s Nearly Impossible for Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Workers to Afford Rent

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.

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Gov. Wolf Announces PA Renters Are Safe From Evictions Through Aug. 31

“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.

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PA Is Trying to Stem Its Looming Eviction Crisis With $150 Million in Emergency Aid. Will It Be Enough?

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.

In this May 21, 2020, file photo, people from a support organization for immigrant and working class communities unfold banners, including one advocating rent cancelation, on a subway platform in the Queens borough of New York during a vigil memorializing people who died from coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Landlords Are Harassing and Threatening Tenants Who Are Struggling to Pay Rent During Coronavirus

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.

A homeless person sleeps at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Will Test and Move Houseless Residents From Airport to Shelters

The airport began enforcing new rules Tuesday, allowing only workers and those with airport business in the terminals and baggage areas.

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PA Begins Issuing Property Tax and Rent Rebates to Seniors and Disabled

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.

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Tens of Thousands of Tenants Are Planning the Largest Rent Strike in Decades

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.