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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.

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.

Gov. Wolf Announces $4.5 Million Available for Organizations Targeted by Hate Crimes to Increase Security

Governor Tom Wolf has announced $4.5 million in new funding for the PCCD Non-Profit Security Grant Program that provides funding to churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other non-profit organizations which face bias and are targets of hate crimes.

FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week for 2022: January 31-February 4

The Federal Trade Commission will mark 2022’s Identity Theft Awareness Week - January 31-February 4 - with a series of free events focused on trending issues in identity theft.

Hurricane Ida Information

This resource acts as a guide to resources available to persons suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ida in Pennsylvania.

CFPB Releases Online Tool to Help Renters and Landlords Access Federal Assistance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a new online tool to help renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic easily find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses.

Federal Free Legal Answers Now Offers Help to Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and Veterans

The American Bar Association Free Legal Answers program, which lets qualifying users ask civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys, has expanded to offer help on immigration and veterans’ questions.

PUC Urges Consumers & Businesses to Reach Out to Utilities to Explore Assistance Options and Address Overdue Balances

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission urged consumers or businesses that may be struggling with larger winter utility bills or overdue balances to call their public utilities today to explore all available assistance options – and to take advantage of enhanced winter options before those programs may change or end.

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