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Utilities shutoffs during the pandemic are a nightmare Pa. should end | Opinion

By ending the statewide moratorium on utility payments, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission risks putting many in financial precarity.

At holiday time, donations to many food charities aren’t keeping up with pandemic-fueled need

Around 19% of grocery shoppers — nearly one in five — say they have gotten charitable food since the pandemic started, according to a national survey.

At holiday time, donations to many food charities aren’t keeping up with pandemic-fueled need

Around 19% of grocery shoppers — nearly one in five — say they have gotten charitable food since the pandemic started, according to a national survey.

Philadelphia’s affordable housing strategy depends on repairing existing homes

Philadelphia's housing plan identifies revitalizing existing housing stock as one of the city's greatest challenges. But it’s also one of its biggest chances to address a lack of affordable housing.

Philadelphia’s affordable housing strategy depends on repairing existing homes

Philadelphia's housing plan identifies revitalizing existing housing stock as one of the city's greatest challenges. But it’s also one of its biggest chances to address a lack of affordable housing.

Philly housing crisis looms as eviction moratorium legislation stalls in City Council

There are about 2,000 eviction cases that began before the pandemic that may move forward, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said.

Philly housing crisis looms as eviction moratorium legislation stalls in City Council

There are about 2,000 eviction cases that began before the pandemic that may move forward, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said.
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What to look for before you sign a lease

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Yes, it’s OK to use cash again

Do we really need to be concerned about getting coronavirus from cash? Probably not. And a lot of people need to use it. Here are the facts.

Utilities can soon cut off nonpaying customers, Pa. says, but the poorest customers are protected

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 3-1 Thursday to lift the ban on service terminations, starting Nov. 9, but it also put in safeguards for struggling families and small businesses.

Homeless encampment at PHA in North Philly clears out after city and activists reach agreement

The final 20 encampment occupants left between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, after agreements were reached over the weekend.

Struggling families’ diaper need is growing as pandemic grinds on

Last year, the Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank distributed 820,000 diapers. Since the coronavirus took hold in March and people began losing jobs, 1.4 million have been given out,

Changing their minds, and their lives: A way out of poverty in Philadelphia

Episcopal Community Services uses brain science to fight poverty in Philadelphia. It is part of a trend in human services and health care to rely on evidence accumulated through scientific research.

Your rights when your landlord is selling your house

If you're a tenant and your rental property gets sold or foreclosed, and what does that mean for your lease? Here is what you need to know:

Pa. slashing workers’ unemployment checks after paying them double by mistake

Some jobless workers in Pennsylvania found their unemployment payments cut in half after the state overpaid them in error.

18,000 Philly school families still lack reliable internet; board hears of coming financial pain

City officials said they realized the urgency of dependable internet access in a city where over three-quarters of public school students live in poverty.

Philadelphia increases coronavirus rent relief payments

Philadelphia’s rental assistance program will now pay up to $1,500 per month for tenants who lost income because of the pandemic.

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 ban on utility shutoffs remains despite push to lift moratorium

With each passing month, the likelihood increases that the ban will remain in place until April, since utilities are blocked from terminating most customers during winter heating season.

Here’s when your landlord can raise your rent and by how much

When can your landlord raise your rent and by how much? Here is what you need to know.

How to get unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania now

If you need to apply for unemployment, the process can be confusing. Here's what you need to know about the Pennsylvania and federal programs.