Pennsylvania will receive $1.988 billion in new funding from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for eviction relief.
“Many Americans have lost their jobs during this pandemic and are facing the possibility of being evicted, through no fault of their own,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “This funding is essential to providing support for Pennsylvanians who need temporary financial assistance to pay rent and weather the eviction crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. I was proud to advocate for Pennsylvania to receive $1.988 billion in new Community Development Block Grants and I will continue to fight for additional assistance to prevent evictions.”
The allocation (CDBG-CV3) focuses funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. The funds can be used to provide temporary financial assistance to meet rental obligations for up to six months and are focused toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. Specifically:
• Communities with high rates of individuals in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment;
• Communities with high rates of businesses in industries with high job loss in states with high unemployment; and
• Concentrations of those most at risk for transmission and risk of eviction, with higher amounts for states with high rates of coronavirus.
The funds are being allocated to counties, as well as to some cities and other municipalities.