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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2020 10:22 AM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: Statewide Rental Assistance Program
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would create a statewide Rental Assistance Program aimed at helping Pennsylvanians in communities throughout our Commonwealth.
Due to the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19, renters are struggling to pay their rent; and property owners are unable to meet their own financial obligations. To avoid further widespread financial difficulties, I believe that a new program focused on rental assistance, would be beneficial in this current economic climate.
This newly proposed statewide Rental Assistance Program would help renters fulfill rental payments in a timely manner and ensure landlords are able to continue to pay their mortgages, pay their employees and continue to provide building maintenance. My legislation would build upon the successes of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which since its inception in 1971, has helped millions of older and disabled adults with property tax and rent relief. The specifics and funding components of the legislation will be examined and discussed in the weeks ahead; and we will be taking a look at other nearby states, such as New Jersey, who have proposed similar programs.
This is an important issue to the residents of the 9th District as well as residents in communities all throughout our Commonwealth.  I am hopeful this legislation would further assist these individuals; while at the same time, help address the economic impact this pandemic has had our housing industry.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB1168