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Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund team attends upcoming community outreach events

The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund, or PAHAF, will have program staff on site at a pop-up PAHAF outreach event at Mifflin County Library in Lewistown on August 8, at two of Penn State's Ag Progress Days on August 9 and 10, and at the Soul School Festival in Philadelphia on August 13.

Virtual Custody Clinic for Montgomery County - August 16

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennysylvania is hosting a Virtual Custody Clinic for Parents in Montgomery County on August 16, 2022 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Eastern.

Virtual Information Session: Medicaid Health Plan Changes - Aug. 10

Pennsylvania Health Law Project is hosting a virtual information session on upcoming Medicaid Health Plan Changes on August 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

Dept. of Human Services: Issue Reported That Some EBT Cards are Deactivated

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is reporting that an issue has been reported that some EBT cards that just received a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) deposit on 7/20 or 7/21 are showing as deactivated and are being declined when used in a store.

Water Shutoffs in Philadelphia

Information for consumers on assistance available to Philadelphia residents to avoid water shutoffs including how to apply for available assistance programs.

Extra SNAP Benefits Are Now Available for All Pennsylvania Recipients in July

SNAP “Emergency Allotments” (EAs) are available to all SNAP recipients in July. EAs are to help with food costs during the pandemic.

Medicaid Appeal Timeframe Reverts Back to 30 Days

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced this month that the deadline to request a fair hearing appealing a Medicaid eligibility denial or termination is reduced from 90 days to 30 days from the date of the denial notice.

Womens's Law Project Launches Program to Help Pennsylvanians Facing Pregnancy & Lactation Discrimination

Women’s Law Project, a state-based public interest legal organization focused on gender justice with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, announces a new program to help pregnant and lactating people in Pennsylvania navigate workplace and school-based discrimination.

Attorney General Shapiro Releases Consumer Guide on Rights under Tenant and Landlord Law

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced his office released a new consumer guide outlining the legal rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords in Pennsylvania.

PHFA Offers Virtual Series on Homebuying Process

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is presenting “The Path to Homeownership”, a six-part virtual series on the homebuying process throughout the month of June in recognition on National Homeownership Month.

Medicaid Health Plan Changes Delayed to September 1st

The implementation of the Physical HealthChoices procurement, which will bring about major changes to the Medicaid physical health plans available across the state, was pushed back to September 1, 2022.

Biden-Harris Administration Reduces High-Speed Internet Costs for Millions of Americans

President Biden and Vice President Harris have announced that they have secured private sector commitments from internet service providers that will lower high-speed internet costs for millions of American families who are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

New Report: The Justice Gap: The Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans

The Legal Services Corporation has released a new report, The Justice Gap: The Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans. It reports on the findings of its 2022 Justice Gap Study which provides a fresh assessment of low-income Americans’ civil legal needs and the extent to which their legal needs are met.

The student loan pause was extended—three things to keep in mind

In April 2022, the Department of Education announced that federally-held student loan payments will continue to be paused through August 31, 2022. This extension provides welcome relief to student loan borrowers who are still finding their footing in an economy recovering from the pandemic. As we look toward repayment, this article features what the CFPB’s research, supervision, and enforcement work tells us about the risks student loan borrowers might face.

Pardon Symposium and Clinic in Chester on April 21

Join the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, and Safe Corridors for “Reentry, Resetting, and Redemption Pardon Symposium and Clinic: Part III” on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Kapelski Learning Center at Widener University in Chester, PA.

Pennsylvania is Now Accepting Applications for the Homeowner Assistance Fund

You could be eligible for help with delinquent mortgage payments or rent-to-own payments, up to $30,000, and for help for utility expenses.

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