Michaelle Bond is the regional governing reporter and covers government news and trends in the region's counties and municipalities, from the Philadelphia suburbs to South Jersey.

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Maybe you’ve heard the 2020 Census could be extended. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to be counted.

Despite a federal judge's ruling extending the census deadline to Oct. 31, the Census Bureau has appealed to keep the Sept. 30 deadline. So Philly is asking residents to respond by Wednesday.

Lucy the Elephant will host the Airbnb stays that the pandemic delayed

The Airbnb listing for three one-night stays in Margate’s giant wooden elephant booked within seconds in March. The pandemic postponed the historic overnight stays until this week.

Philadelphia increases coronavirus rent relief payments

Philadelphia’s rental assistance program will now pay up to $1,500 per month for tenants who lost income because of the pandemic.

Roof decks are becoming a must-have for Philly homeowners and buyers

The pandemic and early stay-at-home orders have changed homeowners' and buyers' priorities. Roof decks are increasingly in demand.

Homes for sale in the Philly region are going quickly

Both the housing supply and the number of days that homes stayed on the market hit record lows in August in the Philadelphia metropolitan region, according to a multiple listing service.

Low incomes make Philadelphia homes less affordable, Pew study finds

While some cities are unaffordable for certain residents because of high housing costs, Philadelphia’s affordability problem is driven by residents’ low incomes, a Pew Charitable Trusts report found.

Philadelphia renters get temporary reprieve from evictions, with ban until Sept. 23

Philadelphia tenants can’t be kicked out of their homes for the next two weeks. City councilmembers planned to introduce a bill to extend the city's eviction moratorium through Dec. 31.

What to do if you get an eviction notice, now that some evictions can resume

Thousands more Philadelphia renters will be evicted now that the state and city bans on evictions have expired. Here's what to do if you receive an eviction notice.