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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2022
Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 31, 2022 for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2021 to begin on July 1
Harrisburg, PA — 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, the departments of Revenue and Aging announced today.
Claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are encouraged to file their rebate applications online by visiting mypath.pa.gov. The Department of Revenue launched this online option to make it easier for the Pennsylvanians who annually benefit from the program to submit their applications.
“So far this year, more than 41,000 Pennsylvanians have used myPATH to file their rebate applications. This shows us that many of our customers are finding this online tool to be an easy way to make sure their applications are filed seamlessly and processed as quickly as possible,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We’re hopeful that other eligible claimants will take advantage of myPATH in the coming months now that the program deadline has been extended through the remainder of the year.”
“I encourage eligible seniors who have not yet applied to receive their rebate to please do so as soon as possible. Governor Wolf has proposed a one-time bonus rebate that, if approved by the General Assembly, would double the amount of their rebate for this filing period. For the average older adult living on a fixed income, this extra support would be very helpful, especially when you consider that we are paying so much more for nearly everything these days,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres.
Under Pennsylvania law, the annual deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is set as June 30. However, the law requires the Department of Revenue to evaluate the program prior to the statutory June 30 deadline to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to benefit from the program, meaning the deadline can be extended to Dec. 31 for the current year. Applications postmarked by Dec. 31 will be accepted for processing.
The 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.
When Can You Expect Your Rebate?
Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. Here is additional information to keep in mind:
- If you provide your phone number on your Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form or in the myPATH electronic application, you will receive an automated call from the Department of Revenue when your claim posts to the department’s processing system. You will also receive another automated call when your claim is approved.
- The easiest way to check the status of your rebate is to use the Where’s My Rebate? tool. To check on the status of your claim, you will need your:
- Social Security number
- Claim year
- Date of birth
Using myPATH to File Your Rebate Application
Submitting your application online through mypath.pa.gov is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account. Applicants will be asked to provide specific information on their income and rent/property taxes. Applicants should check the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program instruction booklet to learn which information they will need to input/upload to complete the process.
Applicants who still wish to file a paper application form may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
It’s free to apply for a rebate, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Applicants may also visit the department’s Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
Applicants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2021 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Visit the Property/Tax Rent Rebate page on the Department of Revenue’s website for further information on the program and how to apply for a rebate.
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
During the 2020 claim year, the program distributed approximately $213 million to more than 440,000 eligible Pennsylvanians. Since the program’s inception in 1971, it has delivered more than $7.3 billion to older and disabled adults across the commonwealth. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
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| LANCASTER COUNTY HOMELESSNESS COALITION Our team has focused on gathering with partners at the Spring CoC meeting (nearly 50 attended), awarding funds (EFSP), presenting to the community, evaluating shelter service, and finalizing the Point-In-Time count. We have also celebrated the graduation of our Millersville University intern, Marjorie Shaffer, and welcomed her onboard at LCHRA. Marjorie joins Deb, Jody, Melina, Izzy, and Beth as a staff member and will be assisting with ERAP and housing efforts. EFSP FUNDS AWARDEDLCHRA in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County awarded a total of $834,029 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to 16 local agencies serving people across the county. The funded categories are: Shelter: Mass shelter $418,918; Other shelter $105,336; Supplies $5,000|
Meals: Served meals $214,056; Other food $7,000
Eviction Prevention: Rent/Mortgage: $51,079; Utilities $15,959 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM In mid-April procedural changes were made to the ERAP application process. The eligibility requirements remain the same, however, changes were made to require an in-person screening and application. As a result, there has been a 41% decrease in applications from March 2022 to April 2022. Of those pre-screened, 45% resulted in an application while others did not meet the requirements of the program. REFRESH LANCASTER SUMMER KICK OFFOn Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. the Refresh Lancaster mobile hygiene team will kick off the summer season with a special event at the Union Community Care Center, 304 N. Water Street, Lancaster. Event activities include showers, medical care, lunch, haircuts, social worker connections, and educational opportunities including hands-only CPR and Narcan administration trainings.
Mobile Hygiene Unit ScheduleColumbia – Columbia Shelter, 291 S. 4th St., Columbia – Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Elizabethtown – ECHOS, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown – Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lancaster – The Food Hub, 812 N. Queen St., Lancaster – Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lancaster – Union Community Care, 304 N. Water St., Lancaster – Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
New Holland – CrossNet Ministries, 123 W. Franklin St., New Holland – Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. LCHRA SUPPORTS YWCA RACE AGAINST RACISM On April 29th, a team from the LCHRA participated in the YWCA’s Race Against Racism 5K. Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, food vendors, musicians, sponsors, fans, and YWCA staff for being a part of this important event benefiting the YWCA Center for Racial and Gender Equity. MAY IS PRIMARY MONTH This year’s Pennsylvania primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. We encourage everyone to get out and vote. For more information regarding Voting and Elections in Lancaster County, please click the button below. LC Voter Registration & Board of Elections KINDERGARTEN EXPO & ENROLLMENT EVENTThe School District of Lancaster is hosting a Kindergarten Expo Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Victory Field, in front of JP McCaskey High School. This event is open to all incoming Kindergarten families. Offering free children’s activities, food, and on-site enrollment. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the JP McCaskey gym. LCHRA BOARD MEETINGS The next meeting of the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will be held May 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Housing Authority Board, and then the Redevelopment Authority Board.
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|Through education, volunteering and partnerships, we can strengthen our communities and ensure that youth in foster care have the support they need for a future they deserve.|
Foster care provides temporary care for children who are unable to remain in their own homes for safety reasons and who are placed in the custody of a county children and youth agency by the courts. Pennsylvania currently has more than 13,000 children in foster care.
During the month of May, we celebrate National Foster Care Month. This is an opportunity for us to recognize foster youth and the people who provide them with love and support. It is our duty to help vulnerable children, child welfare professionals, and the families they serve.
Meet PA Kids Waiting for a Loving Home!
PA Needs Foster Parents!
Pennsylvania has a critical need for more foster parents — if you would like to make a difference in a child’s life, contact your county children and youth agency.
Locate your local county children and youth agency
Learn More about PA foster care: PA Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN)Questions? Call the SWAN Helpline at 1-800-585-7926 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Becoming a foster parentIt takes a special type of person to provide stability to children in crisis when their own home has stopped being the right place for them to live, at least for the time being. But that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped needing what all kids need — security, nurturing and guidance. Foster parents step in and provide those protections temporarily.
Both public and private foster care agencies, as well as the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (toll-free: 800-951-5151) recruit foster parents to provide these services for children. Each foster care agency accepts applications from individuals interested in becoming foster parents.
Minimum requirements that must be met by all applicants:
Be at least 21 years of age;Pass a medical examination; andPass screening requirements related to child abuse and criminal history clearances.FAQ: Clearances for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Household members
Other factors taken into consideration:
Parent/child relationships;Ability to meet special needs of children placed in the home;Number and characteristics of children best suited for the foster family; and/orResidential requirements (Title 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3700).Foster parents receive training and support while caring for the child. In addition, foster parents are reimbursed for the cost of caring for a foster child and health care costs are generally covered.Support Through the ProcessSupport groups are available and may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently.
Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (PSRFA)Find a foster care support group near you — AdoptUSKids.orgPA KinConnectorPA KinConnector provides resources, information, support and education (RISE) for kinship caregivers — including grandparents, aunts or uncles, siblings, cousins, or non-blood “relatives” — who take on the traditional parenting responsibilities when biological parents cannot.Learn more about PA KinConnectorFind available family services by county Connect with free resources: 1-800-490-8505Additional Foster Care Resources National Foster Care Month 2022 — Child Welfare Information GatewayDiakon Adoption & Foster CareFoster Care — U.S. Administration for Children & FamiliesPennsylvanian Youth Advisory Board (YAB)Adopt.orgA Proclamation on National Foster Care Month, 2022 — The White HouseUPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION Did you move? Have a new phone number?
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