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Help is available for homeowners struggling to cover the cost of overdue property taxes, insurance, mortgage payments and utility payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s called the Pennsylvania Homeowners Relief Fund.

And as the date for the September Warren County Upset Tax Sale approaches, now is the time for those who need help to apply.

“I worked with them so that we could receive payment directly from the program for overdue taxes,” said Tax Claims Manager Phil Gilbert. “It seems quite simple to apply.”

He explained that applicants would need photo ID, tax forms, proof of current income and home ownership, a certificate “to a significant decrease in revenue or increase in expenses related to COVID” and “provide any additional information they deem useful to explain their situation.”

According to the program’s website, pahaf.org, there are income eligibility guidelines at or below 150% of the area’s median income. For a family of four, that limit is $97,650.

The application process can be completed online

“The Treasury Department has allocated $350 million for this program, and (the funding) would not need to be repaid,” said Gilbert.

“If homeowners attempt to avoid the Upset Tax Sale in September for their 2020 tax payments, they will need to apply immediately so funds can arrive on time,” he underlined. “Taxes for 2021 will be overdue with the Tax Claims Office on May 1.

“I think this program could help pay for those as well, but I would defer to the program to see if those would be covered,” Gilbert added.



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