Pennsylvania had been dealing with an affordable housing crisis long before the pandemic hit. The coronavirus has made it worse.
Applicants could get as much as $1,000 per month for mortgage payments for six months. The deadline to apply is Wednesday.
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.
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.
Gov. Tom Wolf called on lawmakers in the Republican-led state House and Senate to pass a law extending the moratorium, which expires on Aug. 31.
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.