CARES Financial Assistance available
Renters who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic are able to access applications for rent relief effective June 29. Applications will be easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA.org. The last day applications will be accepted is Sept. 30.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania joins PHFA in this important notification to help ensure effective implementation at the local level.
For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19 or must have become unemployed after March 1 with the same 30% income loss. If unemployed, the agency will verify their unemployment compensation status with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence, adjusted for the number of people in their home.
Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months of assistance for the time period between March 1 and Dec. 30. Payments will be made to their landlord on their behalf. Renters or landlords can apply for rent relief for tenants, but a complete application includes documents that must be completed by both the landlord and the renter.
PHFA’s call center is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist the public and help with questions about the programs at 855-827-3466. Callers should listen for the prompt mentioning CARES assistance for renters.
For homeowners impacted by COVID-19, CARES mortgage relief is available directly from PHFA at PHFA.org; look for the red CARES banner. The state legislature also set aside $25 million in CARES funding for mortgage assistance, and PHFA is administering that program.
Alzheimer’s Helpline expanding hours
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has expanded Helpline hours as of July 11. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time on weekends.
Families affected by dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, professional caregivers, and anyone who has questions about brain health can connect with a licensed social worker through the AFA Helpline at 866-232-8484; alzfdn.org, click on the blue and white chat icon in the lower right hand corner; or text 646-586-5283. The web chat and text message features can serve people in more than 90 different languages.
AFA’s Helpline is staffed entirely by licensed social workers trained in dementia care who can answer questions, provide support and connect callers with a variety of services in their community, no matter where in the United States they live.
To learn more about the AFA Helpline or other services provided by AFA, visit alzfdn.org or call 866-232-8484.