Shapiro, banks offer 'CARE Package' to people in COVID-19-related financial distress

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wants to help residents who are struggling right now financially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Pennsylvania and all of our small businesses need to know their rights and need to be protected," Shapiro said.

So his office has joined forces with banks throughout the state.

Shapiro says the initiative, called the PA CARE Package, serves several purposes.

Shapiro says he's been reaching out to mortgage lenders and landlords to remind them: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has already ordered that evictions be halted.

"To also encourage them to extend the time during which eviction proceedings are suspended beyond what the Supreme Court said, to give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to get back up on their feet," he said.

The PA CARE Package also expands small and medium business loan availability.

Shapiro wants anybody who feels like they've been wrongfully evicted or had their property foreclosed on to reach out to his office.