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.
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, email@example.com
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/.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has begun accepting applications for its cash, crisis, and weatherization grants. Recipients that received a LIHEAP preseason registration number for the 2022-2023 season can submit their applications on COMPASS. 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.
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.
Philadelphia FIGHT’s Trans Youth Resilience Fund – This is a financial assistance program is available for trans youth. Any transgender or gender non-binary young person under the age of 25 living in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, or Delaware County is eligible for financial assistance through this program. They strongly encourage requests from trans youth of color, individuals living with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness to apply. Learn more!
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. You can apply online at mypath.pa.gov. The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2022. Under state law, the annual deadline for the program is set as June 30. However, the law requires the Department of Revenue to evaluate the program to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify, meaning the deadline can be extended to Dec. 31 for the current year.
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.
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 County – Bucks 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!