Local Government & Community
Local Government Information
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.
Funding & Programs
To help navigate through the financial impact of COVID-19, both the state and federal government are offering loans to help offset the revenue lost. Visit the Funding & Programs webpage to learn more.
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.
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.
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
Earned Income Tax (EIT) Rate Information
Act 10 of 2020, recently signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, directs that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) coordinate the filing extension and payment deadlines of the Local Earned Income Tax so that they coincide with State filing extensions.
INDIVIDUALS: With the enactment of Act 10 of 2020, the filing deadline for 2019 Individual Earned Income Tax Returns in Pennsylvania has been extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15.
This extension applies to both 2019 individual tax returns and payments as well as estimated payments for the 1st quarter of 2020. Additionally, all penalties and interest will be waived on 2019 earned income tax payments through the new deadline of July 15, 2020.
Some localities and collection agencies have already announced extensions for local earned income tax returns – the enactment of Act 10 now makes this universal to ALL municipalities in the Commonwealth.
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Impacted Communities
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing.
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.
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 Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)
PHFA programs focus on providing affordable housing for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Financial assistance is available for both homeowners and renters. PHFA has dedicated programs for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including rent relief and mortgage assistance.
Tel: 1.855.827.3466 | phfa.org
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
Access to Food Survey
We need your feedback! Take a minute to complete a quick survey if you or your family are suddenly in need of food. We’re working with our Emergency Food Task Force on how to best serve Pennsylvanians. Share your thoughts by completing the Access to Food Survey. And please pass this survey along to your employees and others who may be impacted.
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.
Emergency Food Assistance (Food Banks or Food Pantries)
The Department of Agriculture has issued guidance for accessing emergency food assistance for Pennsylvanians at risk of hunger due to measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Food Distribution by School Districts
Pennsylvania sought and received approval from the Federal government to allow schools to distribute meals at no cost while closed due to COVID-19. Visit the PA Department of Education website to learn more.
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.
COVID-19 & Child Care
Governor Tom Wolf announced the closure of all businesses that are not life-sustaining on March 19, 2020, and child care is not considered life-sustaining on the list. Child care facilities have been asked to remain closed until the Governor lifts the order but child care is still available for life-sustaining personnel. Learn more from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
Other Community Resources
- GUIDE: PA’s Response to COVID-19 (PA Department of Human Services)
- Staying Safe and Helping Others During COVID-19 (Red Cross Coronavirus Safety)
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster COVID-19 Response
- Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations COVID-19 Resources
- Community Action Association of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Resources
- United Way COVID-19 FAQ
- Feeding America COVID-19 Response