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September 16, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Urges Spanish- and Chinese-speaking Pennsylvanians to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) joined officials from the Governor's Latino and Asian Pacific American Affairs Commissions to share information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) with Spanish- and Chinese-speaking Pennsylvanians and to urge all Pennsylvanians at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs because of COVID-19 to apply for assistance. ERAP can help people who are facing eviction pay past due and upcoming rent or pay utility bills or other costs necessary to help them be safely housed.

"ERAP is an unprecedented investment in the stability, well-being, and economic recovery of Pennsylvanians facing housing instability as a result of the pandemic. ERAP makes evictions preventable, and our goal is to share this information with every Pennsylvanian who could potentially benefit - including Pennsylvanians who do not speak English as their primary or preferred language," said Kathy Possinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Human Services. "Evictions should be an absolute last resort. Rental assistance is available to all eligible Pennsylvania households regardless of citizenship or immigration status. I urge people to take advantage of the help that is available and apply for ERAP now."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration details how the Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help Pennsylvanians cover past-due and upcoming rent and utility payments, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Wolf Administration details how the Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help Pennsylvanians cover past-due and upcoming rent and utility payments, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathy Possinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Human Services, discusses how Pennsylvanians can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathy Possinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Human Services, discusses how Pennsylvanians can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathy Possinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Human Services, discusses how Pennsylvanians can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Kathy Possinger, Special Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Human Services, discusses how Pennsylvanians can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Luz Colon, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs, promotes the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to non-English-speaking and immigrant communities, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Luz Colon, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs, promotes the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to non-English-speaking and immigrant communities, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maria Alejandra Hernandez, Coordinator at Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania, promotes the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Spanish to non-English-speaking and immigrant communities, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Maria Alejandra Hernandez, Coordinator at Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania, promotes the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Spanish to non-English-speaking and immigrant communities, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20059_dhs_rentalAssistance_cz_11.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Stephanie Sun, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, promotes the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Mandarin to non-English-speaking and immigrant communities, at the Harrisburg Capitol on September 16, 2021.