Sen. Hughes and PA Senate Dems pushing for additional protections for those impacted by pandemic


Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced that Pennsylvania would suspend evictions and foreclosures through July 10, a move that would help renters, homeowners and small business owners affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Hughes and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus support the governor’s order but are pushing for additional protections for those facing evictions and foreclosures. On Wednesday, they sent a letter to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania requesting all eviction and foreclosure proceedings be suspended until 90 days after a county is moved from the red phase to the yellow phase of reopening. Senator Hughes is also pushing for a legislative solution to the issue to give people some relief after the judicial emergency has ended.

“We cannot compound the devastation Pennsylvanians have experienced by immediately moving to kick people out of their homes and businesses when the governor’s order expires,” Senator Hughes said in a news release accompanying the letter to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. “Many of these folks have been waiting on assistance that has been insufficient, delayed or has not come at all. That is why it is critical that we are mindful of the realities that people are facing and show some measure of compassion as a response to this crisis.”

Letter to Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Evictions & Foreclosures

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Montgomery County is doing the same

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