Pennie – the PA Health Coverage Exchange
New! For the first time, Pennsylvania is operating its own marketplace for health care open enrollment. If you were previously enrolled through Healthcare.gov, your existing account has been transferred to the new www.Pennie.com.
Pennie currently has “special enrollment” available for those who have lost coverage due to the pandemic.
Federal Eviction Moratorium
The Center for Disease Control has issued a federal eviction moratorium until December 31st. The moratorium applies only to non-payment of rent, and does not forgive rent or prohibit landlords or property owners from charging late fees. You can read an overview of the Moratorium as well get answers to some frequently asked questions.
In order to qualify for the eviction protection, the tenant will need to sign a sworn statement, provided by the Agency Order, certifying the following qualifications:
- The tenant has used their best efforts to obtain available government assistance for rent or housing;
- The tenant was eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) under the CARES Act, or has an annual of no more than $99,000 for an individual, or $198,000 for a family
- The tenant is not able to pay the full rent due to substantial loss of income, wages, or hours, or because of extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses (unreimbursed medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of AGI for the year)
- The tenant is using their best efforts to make partial rent payments
- The tenant has no other available housing options and if evicted, would need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters, or would have to move into a homeless shelter.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has the CDC eviction moratorium fact sheet and declarative statement translated in to several languages. Find these translations here.
Evictions in Pennsylvania
If you are facing eviction in Pennsylvania, contact your local legal aid office immediately. Search your provider by county by visiting the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s website.
*Some counties have extended their eviction moratoriums. You can find your county’s COVID emergency order here or by contacting your county courthouse. Please contact your local legal aid agency to determine what protections or assistance are currently available.
For help and other resources, call 211 or visit www.211.org. Additional programs offered in Pennsylvania are available on the state’s website: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals.
Philadelphia has announced new restrictions in response to the rising number of cases in the area. The “Safer at Home” restrictions are in place until January 1, 2021. If you are facing eviction in Philadelphia, please contact the Tenant Union Representative Network or the Community Legal Services Housing unit for assistance.