By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – A total of $847 million has been distributed to the state’s 67 counties to help Pennsylvanians pay for rent and utilities.

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Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller says the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is first-come, first-served. Miller is urging Pennsylvanians who need help avoiding eviction or utility shutoffs to apply as soon as possible.

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About two-thirds of the state’s counties have partnered with the Department of Human Servies to make applications available to residents through COMPASS. For counties who have their own application process — like Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties — residents can visit COMPASS for information on how to apply.

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You can learn more about the program here and learn how to apply here.