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Pennsylvania’s statewide moratorium on evictions ended on August 31, 2020. Residents in most federally backed or subsidized properties were facing eviction as of late August, if they were served with a thirty-day eviction notice when a federal moratorium ended in late July.

Due to the ongoing economic impacts of the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced  that it is extending the foreclosure moratorium set to expire on Monday, August 31 until December 31, 2020.

Tenants across the United States are facing eviction due to loss of income and a sudden inability to pay rent. The federal government has passed several laws to help tenants. In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has issued emergency orders to protect tenants. The Pennsylvania court system has also issued emergency orders that affect tenants’ rights. 

Once Children and Youth Services receives a report of alleged child abuse they must immediately investigate the claims. There are established laws which define child abuse and outline the Agency’s power to investigate the claims. If the Agency finds that the claims are valid then they must file a petition with the Court to have the child found to be dependent and removed from the parents.

A pardon is an order by the Governor which relieves one or all legal consequences of a conviction and restores the individual to a position as if they had never been convicted. This means a criminal record should no longer stand in the way of applying for a job, apartment, loan, or anything else one might need. Some people characterize a pardon as an act of forgiveness by the Governor.

These times are trying and scary for all of us. Many also have the additional fear that they can no longer maintain payments to the landlord or mortgage company, and have to live with the unknown as to how much longer they will be able to maintain a roof over their head. Pennsylvania has received funding to assist those impacted by COVID-19 with rent and mortgage relief.