PHFA Provides Final Tallies for the CARES Rent Relief Program

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

HARRISBURG, PA — After five months of administering CARES financial assistance for renters, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has provided final summary data about the performance of the Rent Relief Program, which started accepting applications on July 6. The program was extended by an executive order from Governor Tom Wolf on Oct. 5; it accepted applications through Nov. 4.

For the CARES Rent Relief Program (RRP), all 67 participating county organizations have now submitted their final performance data, and that data has been confirmed. A table providing key performance metrics is available on the PHFA website.

“The CARES Rent Relief Program was a major undertaking that required extensive coordination between PHFA and our partner county organizations under extreme time pressure,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “While we all would have liked to have assisted even more renters, we are grateful for the thousands of people we were able to help stay in their homes. We have learned valuable lessons we hope will be applied by the state legislature if additional CARES money is provided to Pennsylvania.

“I want to thank all the county organizations who partnered with us on this effort. The successes we had would never have been possible without their engagement and hard work.”

Summary data for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program will be made available once it is completed and verified.

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