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PA Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Quarterly Permit Filings

Important update to the quarterly permit filings for UCC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCED can no longer accept mailed checks. On April 16th and moving forward, all UCC filing payments must be done using ACH (TeleCheck) or by credit card.

Employees & Workers Impacted

For more guidance on Unemployment Compensation and jobs affected by COVID-19, visit our Employees & Workers Impacted webpage.

Local Government Associations COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Counties:
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is available to assist county leaders with information on guidance to create and maintain crucial services for residents throughout the state. Contact the Association for information specific to your county or at 717.526.1010.

Resources for Municipalities:
The Pennsylvania Municipal League represents participating Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, townships, home rule communities, and towns. Although the League’s physical office is currently closed, staff are available by phone or email.

Resources for Township Supervisors:
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors serves townships of the second class. Their offices are currently closed to visitors. Contact the Association by phone at 717.763.0930.

Resources for Boroughs:

The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs serves Pennsylvania’s 956 borough governments. Contact the Pennsylvania State Associations of Boroughs or by phone at 717.236.9526.

COVID-19 Resources for Boroughs

Resources for Municipal Authorities:
The Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association represents municipal authorities throughout the state. Contact the Association or by phone at 717.737.7655.

Commonwealth Community Resources

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP)

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is a network that analyzes community needs to identify strategies that will work best in alleviating poverty.

Find your local CAAP

COVID-19 Housing Guidance

Quarantine Sheltering for Homeless Populations Guidance
Individuals who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness may be at risk for infection when there is community spread of COVID-19. The PA Department of Health Services has issued guidance to support those in the response planning for these individuals.

Emergency Housing for Isolated & Quarantined Persons In PA
This emergency housing guidance applies to those individuals identified as requiring emergency housing due to their status as either a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus or awaiting testing results and therefore in quarantine status according to current PA DOH guidelines and not having the ability to return to their residence post discharge from a hospital, or while under medical testing and surveillance, either because of lacking a permanent resident, being transient and without residence in PA, or a change in domicile resulting from infection with COVID-19.

Housing Assistance Partners

DCED and our partners are committed to helping our residents stay in safe and secure housing. Renters and homeowners can get help through targeted support services and emergency housing programs offered by the following organizations below.

For a list of housing assistance programs for individuals and families affected by COVID-19, download our brochure of PA Housing and Eviction Prevention Resources.

Pennsylvania 211: Get Connected. Get Help.
If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.
Tel: Dial 211 | Text Your Zip to 898-211 | pa211.org

Community Development Block Grant Contacts
Many counties and municipalities can provide emergency housing payment assistance through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) program. For more details, contact your local CDBG Grant Contact.

County Director of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans’ Temporary Assistance Program provides financial assistance for the necessities of life, including housing. To learn more, contact your local County Director of Veterans Affairs.

Pennsylvania Utilities Commission (PUC)
The PUC helps Pennsylvania households keep utilities connected and reduce their utility use. The PUC has many energy assistance programs for electric, gas, and water utilities and communications assistance programs for telephone and broadband.
Tel: 1.800.692.7380 | puc.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS has several special programs to help individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. In addition to their existing programs, DHS is using federal CARES Act funding for rental assistance through the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP). The department is increasing crisis funding for their Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help residents with heating costs.

HOME Rental Housing Development Fund
Developers building or rehabilitating affordable rental housing can work with their county or municipal government to apply for grants and loans through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Rental Housing Development Fund. All projects must benefit very low-, low- and/or moderate-income households.

Food Assistance Program and Resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
No Pennsylvanian should ever go hungry. The Department of Health is continuing to process applications and benefit renewals for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Pennsylvanians can apply for SNAP online at the COMPASS website.

412 Food Rescue (Western PA)
412 Food Rescue partners with food retailers, volunteer drivers, and nonprofit organizations to connect surplus food with individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity by rescuing unsellable but perfectly good food and getting it to nonprofit organizations. Download the mobile app Food Rescue Hero to become a volunteer hero and move food from donors to nonprofit partners to help those in need during COVID-19.

Food Connect (Eastern PA)
Committed to bridging the gap between surplus food and hunger, Food Connect leverages smart technology to pool resources and make deliveries efficient for hunger relief efforts. Use the Food Connect app to schedule a pickup and donate your food to a local shelter in seconds to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Other Community Resources
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