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March 8, 2021
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March 8, 2021

Bucks County Community College  Do you know someone that wants to start a career, not just find a job? Bucks County Community College is offering a Bookkeeping with Quickbooks Certification course; a Microsoft Office Training Program; a Pre-Apprentice Metalwork Training Program; and a Pre-Apprentice Industrial Maintenance Training Program. Interested applicants should visit www.bucks.edu/wfd or call 267-685-4884 to find out more or register for an information session.

The Bucks County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (BERA) provides rental and utility assistance to eligible Bucks County tenants impacted by COVID-19. Both tenants and their landlords are encouraged to apply – either party can start the application. Get the flyer and application information!

Bucks County Opportunity Council is the Weatherization Assistance Provider for Bucks County, PA. For households with limited income but pay high energy bills, a weatherization program may be able to help individuals cut costs and make homes more comfortable in all temperatures. To learn more including eligibility criteria for crisis heating, weatherization and utility assistance, click here or call 215-345-8175.

  • The Bucks County Opportunity Council Economic Self-Sufficiency Program (ES) is a highly successful program that provides one-on-one coaching and resources to those living in poverty who commit to working toward economic self-sufficiency. Graduation is based on ten benchmarks recognized nationally as standards of self-sufficiency: Full employment (level of employment determined by individual and coach); free of all subsidies (food stamps, cash assistance, housing subsidies); balanced household budget; resides in safe, affordable housing; reliable transportation; health insurance coverage for all family members; savings and checking account; acceptable credit rating or approved credit repair plan; completed education/training program (if needed); and basic employment skills such as interviewing and resume preparation. Congratulations to the latest 14 families who graduated in April, joining the ES alumni of 1,037 people in 373 households. View the graduation ceremony, and learn more about this program! See photos from the graduation here.

Credit Counseling Center offers financial counseling services, including debt, credit, bankruptcy, and housing counseling services. Learn more!

Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan Lookup tool is a path to mortgage help for homeowners with a Fannie Mae-owned loan, including those impacted by COVID-19, a disaster, or housing affordability challenges. Loan owners may qualify for programs providing payment relief including a forbearance plan or loan modification with live, personalized assistance from HUD-approved housing counselors through the Mortgage Help Network or Disaster Response Network. Also available: Freddie Mac Loan Look Up Tool

FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (Thank you to the PA Link for sharing!). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Click here for eligibility guidelines and participating broadband providers. Apply now.

Hope and Help Network is helping individuals to prepare for what is to come financially. How will folks survive now and dig out of what may be thousands owed? Contact The Hope and Help Network for assistance to plan ahead. Marian Stroup, marian@thehopeandhelpnetwork.org

IRS Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021: Important changes to the Child Tax Credit will help many families get advance payments of the credit starting this summer 2021. Learn more or download and share the flyer!

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA. For people you serve who are unlawfully locked out of their homes by landlords attempting to circumvent the legal eviction process, this is an urgent matter. Help or encourage them to explore every possible avenue to get back in their homes ASAP. PA Attorney General’s Office has a team that handles unlawful lockouts, and such instances should be reported there. Clients should call the Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline at 1.800.441.2555 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection site: https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/public-protection-division/bureau-consumer-protection/.

  • LASP Helpline. 877-429-5994, Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
  • Are you being evicted during COVID-19? Click here to learn how to prepare and what you need to know, with information and flyers available in English and Spanish.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for its cash, crisis, and weatherization grants beginning on October 18, 2021 until May 6, 2022. However, recipients that received a LIHEAP preseason registration number for the 2021-2022 season will be able to submit their applications on COMPASS as of September 13, 2021. LIHEAP helps low income families pay heating bills in three ways: Cash grants: Assistance for heating bills ranging from $500 to $1,500; Crisis grants: Up to $1,200 for households that have an emergency and are in danger of being without heat; and Emergency furnace/service line repair or replacement.

Montco Recovery Tuition Assistance Program offers Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) tuition assistance and if applicable, waivers, for eligible Montco residents who have become unemployed due to COVID-19. Assistance is available to any Montgomery County resident who suffered full or part-time employment loss on or after March 6, 2020. Supporting documentation is required. Information on the program and application can be found here.

Office of Unemployment Compensation. Work Search Requirements restart the week of July 11-17, 2021.Work search requires all Unemployment Compensation (UC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants to apply for two jobs and complete one work search activity every week. Reference the PA Unemployment Compensation Handbook for a complete list of requirements.

PA Benefits Center. 1-800-528-9594 or 1-833-373-5869 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Get assistance applying for valuable benefits over the phone. One-on-one support can help individuals enroll in public benefits to help with groceries, health insurance, prescription drugs, property taxes, utilities, and more.

Pennie: Pennsylvania health insurance marketplace Pennie. Open enrollment: Nov 01 2021 – Jan 15 2022

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is marking the fifth anniversary of the PA ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Program established in law by the Legislature as Act 17 of 2016. PA ABLE is a savings program for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families. It provides a tax-free way to save without affecting eligibility for critical means-tested benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (up to $100,000) or Medical Assistance. Nearly 6,300 Pennsylvanians have opened PA ABLE accounts and saved more than $72 million for disability expenses.
To be eligible for PA ABLE, a person’s disability must have occurred prior to their 26th birthday. PA ABLE account owners can choose from six different investment options and an interest-bearing checking account. Contributions and earnings in PA ABLE accounts can be used to help save and pay for short- or long-term disability-related expenses. Qualifying expenses include education, housing, transportation, assistive technology, health care, financial management and more.  Learn more at paable.gov.

Rahab’s HopeAble to help a few individuals and families with rental assistance. Important to read the eligibility criteria before completing the application for assistance.

RSVP improves the lives of vulnerable populations in the local community by focusing on education and wellness and by supporting nonprofits through skill-based volunteer programs.

  • Introducing their newest Virtual Opportunity: Digital Technology Training. This innovative pilot program is looking for volunteers who can provide online training for adults to learn to use email, the internet, Zoom, social media as well as access community resources so they can connect with friends and family, communicate with their child’s teacher, access resources, and ease the feeling of isolation. To learn more about volunteering or becoming a student, contact Kathy Stocker 610-834-1040 x.129 Get more info here.
  • Beginning in January 2022, 3G wireless networks are scheduled to shut down. If you have an older phone you might want to check with your service provider. The Federal Communications Commission has created a guide you can view for additional information and resources. Older adults and low-income individuals may qualify for Emergency Broadband Benefit help.

United Way of Bucks County, in partnership with Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, is offering free assistance to mobile home owners in Bucks County to file for property tax reassessment appeals. They will do all the work and pay the fees of the eligible homeowners in the program. See the flyer for more information, or click here. Thank you to Senator Mensch’s office for sharing!

Veterans Temporary Assistance. This program provides temporary financial assistance to Veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in PA for the necessities of life (food, shelter, fuel and clothing). If eligible, a Veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for an amount not to exceed $1,600 in a twelve month period. Contact the County Veterans’ Affairs Director where you reside to apply.

VNA Community Services, Inc. For help accessing benefits, contact VNA-CS Personal Navigator Program’s Benefits Access Program connecting Montgomery County residents to health care, SNAP, utility assistance, and other programs to improve economic stability at 1-800-591-8234.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Bucks CountyBucks County Opportunity Council tax preparation is provided at no charge by IRS-certified volunteers between February and April 15th. All tax preparation services are by appointment only. Tax preparation is based on volunteer availability; there is no guarantee of service. There are 4 locations: Bristol, Quakertown, Newtown and Warminster*. (Warminster location has moved to a new site). Eligibility: You must be a resident of Bucks County; your household income for 2021 must be no more than $57,000. (Some income types may make you ineligible for tax preparation services). You must bring all required documents with you to your appointment. Click here to learn more and make an appointment!

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Montgomery County – There are several SEPA VITA Sites in Montgomery County, with locations in Norristown, Blue Bell and Pottstown for drop-off tax preparation assistance only. Learn more and search by location here through the United Way 2-1-1 site! The Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services offers VITA and other benefit application services for older adults. Learn more here.

Your Way Home Emergency Rent and Utility Coalition. Persons living in Montgomery County who have experienced a COVID hardship and are in need of rent and/or utility assistance should call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. For a household to be eligible for the ERUC program, it must meet the requirements: The household must reside in Montgomery County at the time of application; AND one or more individuals in the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic; AND the household can demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability; AND the household must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income at the time of application. Learn more!

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