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United Way of Lancaster County


Daily Policy Update

Each day a summary of news and information that has been gathered from community partners and credible news sites will be posted.




State Government:

General COVID resources:


Dept. of Education:


Dept. of Human Services:


Dept. of Health:

  • The Department of Health’s COVID numbers were not updated for today at the time of this email’s sending. Nor was there a press briefing that I could find. Tomorrow’s email will of course look to be back to normal if possible.


National News:

Washington Post:

The latest


Other important news


Recurring Resources:

    • United Way of Lancaster County has launched a new website, This digital source of information for our community works in tandem with United Way's 2-1-1 resources to connect people and resources during this time of upheaval.
    • The Asset Map is a county-wide resource for all to utilize. If you need to add/update/delete information please follow the link here:


  • Lancaster Chamber:
    • Website updated daily:
    • Past webinars are listed on the Chamber’s site listed above!
    • Webinars:
      • THIS WEEK Starts May 21 - Work Wisdom Series: Communication, Collaboration, Work-Life Integration
        Running for a three series program, invest in your employees and yourself by learning how to authentically community, collaborate and work on the work-life integration. Click the links to learn more about each session. Choose all three, or just one!
      • Wednesday, May 27 - PPP Loans: Review Loan Forgiveness Application and Process
        Walz Group CPA Principal Daniel T. Massey, CPA and Manager Benjamin J. Ritenour, CPA will be leading a discussion on the loan forgiveness application and related instructions that were released on Friday, May 15 by the US Treasury and SBA. This webinar will provide you with their take on the information provided including what questions have been answered and what issues remain unresolved. Please join us for this important PPP loan program update.



  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health:





PAVOAD Updates:

  • Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella announce property tax/rent rebates arriving early to help seniors, others during COVID-19 pandemic
    Starting today, many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1. Rebates will be processed and distributed on a first-in-first-out basis. The deadline to submit applications was extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020. Access the Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim form (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website.
    Read full article here.
  • Interim guidance on unsheltered homelessness and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for homeless service providers and local officials
    For information regarding homelessness, read this CDC guide, which is intended to support response to COVID-19 by local and state health departments, homelessness service systems, housing authorities, emergency planners, healthcare facilities, and homeless outreach services.