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Federal eviction moratorium stops at the end of July

Financial assistance still available to stave off wave of evictions

FILE PHOTO: Housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house in Swampscott, Mass. on Oct. 14, 2020.

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FILE PHOTO: Housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house in Swampscott, Mass. on Oct. 14, 2020.

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Airdate: Monday, July 26, 2021

Renters in Pennsylvania have been protected by an eviction freeze enacted through both state and federal orders since March 2020.

The final federal government moratorium on evictions will expire the last day of July 2021 and concerned housing advocates warn that a wave of evictions may soon follow.

Money to fund the Emergency Rental Assistance programs was financed through the two federal stimulus plans and is managed locally by county agencies.

While the moratorium suspending evictions ends at the end of July, the Emergency Rental Assistance program does not.

Appearing on Smart Talk Monday to discuss how to qualify for emergency rental assistance are Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead, along with Special Advisor for Housing Kathy Possinger. Robin Rohrbaugh, President and CEO of the Community Progress Council (CPC) in York, also joins the program to share how CPC is administering the ERAP for York County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human services Emergency Rental Assistance Assistance program information can be found here. 

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