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Wolf Administration releases information regarding approved business exemptions

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has released information pertaining to the 6,066 approved business exemptions provided to businesses that could offer life-sustaining services or conduct life-sustaining activities across...

 

PA Human Services launches emergency assistance program to help low-income families amidst COVID-19

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller has announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be...

 

State issues guidance for construction industry to resume work May 1

As the construction industry prepares to resume work, the state issued guidance for all construction businesses and employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All businesses in the construction industry in the commonwealth are permitted to resume...

 

Wolf Administration elaborates on data driven reopening standard

In consultation with public health professionals and in an effort to simplify and to better capture growth, decline, or stability, the Wolf Administration elaborated on the Department of Health metrics and included an example to aid in calculation....

 

Recreational activities will open May 1 in Pennsylvania

To ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom...

 

Action needed for people receiving SSI with dependents and who do not file tax returns to receive $500 per child payment

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May. People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019...

 

Mayor announces COVID-19 funding for residents and small businesses

Mayor William Peduto's administration plans to issue more than $12 million in new federal funds to organizations supporting residents and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundin...

 

Gov. Wolf extend statewide stay-at-home order until May 8

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have announced the statewide stay-at-home orders issued on April 1 to protect Pennsylvanians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be extended until Friday, May 8 at 12:01 AM. The initial...

 

URA's Housing Stabilization Program is available to assist with financial hardships

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) announced funding is available for rental and utility assistance through the Housing Opportunity Fund’s Housing Stabilization Program (HSP); mortgage assistance is now available through HSP,...

 

Port Authority now requiring riders to wear masks

Port Authority have taken added steps to comply with a new state health order directed at riders not wearing face coverings. There is no change for riders who are already wearing face coverings on vehicles. Those who board without a face covering,...

 

Mayor William Peduto Addresses Pittsburgh on COVID-19 Pandemic

Mayor William Peduto made the following remarks at the end of last week regarding the City of Pittsburgh's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic: "Good afternoon Pittsburgh. One month ago today...

 

Pennsylvania now accepting applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits

Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has announced Pennsylvania’s self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing claims for Pandemic Unemployment...

 

DMVA: Veterans benefits continue to be available during COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is assuring veterans state and federal benefits processing are still on-going. The DMVA and the Federal VA both continue to work remotely to provide veterans’ information, enroll...

 

Wolf administration announces Business-to-Business Directory for COVID-19-related supplies

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin has announced the creation of the Business-to-Business Interchange Directory to connect organizations and businesses directly to manufacturers producing COVID-19-related...

 

Access to food assistance, healthcare through safety-net programs available during COVID-19

Public benefit programs are available to families and individuals who have lost jobs, income and health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),...

 

Nearly $16 million in funding available for Pennsylvania food banks

Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $16 million in funding for Pennsylvania food banks, which are providing critical assistance to Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 health crisis. “COVID-19 has caused severe economic stress for many...

 

Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact payments

The Social Security Administration has announced Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. Treasury anticipates these automatic payments no later than early...

 

Pennsylvania launches COVID-19 job hiring portal

Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal at https://www.pacareerlink.pa.gov/jponline/JobSeeker/COVID19Employment launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor...

 

Highmark, AHN and Gateway Health launch online tool to meet critical needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the increased need for access to social service resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Gateway Health are implementing an online social care network, Aunt Bertha, to serve as a referral tool f...

 

New Guidance about COVID-19 economic impact payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries

The Treasury Department has launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return, and also announced that it would begin making automatic payments. However,...

 

Department of Aging offers online COVID-19 Resource Guide for older Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has launched an online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults easily find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being. The guide is housed on the department’s website under...

 

PUC urges consumers to know their options, seek out needed resources to keep utility bills affordable during COVID-19 pandemic

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is urging consumers to understand the resources and options available to help keep utility service affordable during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to contact their utilities for assistance before bills...

 

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