Resources

Click a common question below for ways to get help.

Lists of General Resources/Links

COVID-19 Resources Google Document - list of MANY resources, including the latest news on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

The Community Justice Project, Hill District Consensus Group, and Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation - Connect with legal assistance, eviction prevention, rental assistance funding, landlord/tenant mediation, healthcare, utility assistance funding and food resources. Spanish language: (412) 530-5244 or housing@phdincubator.org English language: (412) 534-6600 or support@renthelppgh.zendesk.com

Just Harvest - list of resources

BigBurgh - Site that has pulled together resources specializing in free stuff and resources for the homeless

Community Human Services - Stable housing, food access, community resources

Allegheny Link - Numerous resources and support networks

Resources for Families - This spreadsheet has information about food resources, WIC updates, financial resources, cyber education, mental health support, health resources, vaccine clinics, and much more!

Pittsburgh Community Services - Pittsburgh's Community Action Agency working to help those in poverty.

Do you need help with groceries/food?

Try...

COVID-19 Resources Document (Just the food resources)

Wellness Collective's Community Delivery Hotline -- The Community Delivery Hotline was created to ensure that folks with limited transportation and resources have access to their basic needs. They can deliver prepared meals, groceries, household goods, pet supplies, baby essentials, and medical supplies.

Allegheny County Free Food Distribution Map -- This map displays locations of free resource distribution sites in the region.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Or dial 412-460-3663)

Applying for food stamps

Grow Pittsburgh -- Find community gardens in your area or start your own and get access to fresh produce. Everybody's Garden in Hazelwood is particularly abundant!

Resources for Families - This spreadsheet has information about local food distribution as well as some baby essentials.

Do you need financial assistance?

Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program -- The Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program provides interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund -- We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar -- This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff - employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc - to post your Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and Pittsburgh community members can continue to support you.

Restaurant Employees Relief Fund -- The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Apply for benefits through the Department of Human Services - Health and human service benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), unemployment, cash assistance, health care, etc.

Additional resources for restaurant workers.

Do you need a place to stay/housing resources?

Try...

The Allegheny Link Line -- Call 866-730-2368 for help finding emergency shelter in Allegheny County.

Pleasant Valley Men's Shelter -- The Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter accommodates the needs of 25 men who are homeless every night of the year. The Shelter opens daily at 4:30 p.m. and provides residents with safe, secure sleeping quarters, a hot shower, and a warm evening meal. In addition, the NCM staff – Case Manager, Program Director, and Shelter Monitors – assist the men as they work toward stability and independence by providing various services and supports.

Bethlehem Haven Emergency Shelter (For Women) -- Call 412-391-1348.

CHS Oakland Residential Programs - Housing for elderly and chronically mentally ill adults.

Listing of drop-in centers

Housing Assistance Resources Portal (HARP) - City of Pittsburgh guide to housing resources, including resources for those experiencing homelessness.

The Pittsburgh Housing Resource Directory -- This page is meant to provide links to resources available to housing providers, renters, and homeowners during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters (PURR) - Tenant rights organization with an eviction prevention hotline, helping people navigate the CDC eviction moratorium and connecting people with CARES resources. Call (412)444-8497.

Housing Stabilization Program - If you have been affected by COVID-19 and need rental or utility assistance, contact United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania for more information on the Housing Stabilization Program.

Do you need family/reproductive healthcare resources?

Resources for Families - This spreadsheet has information about food resources, WIC updates, financial resources, cyber education, mental health support, health resources, vaccine clinics, and much more!

New Voices for Reproductive Justice - baby care items, menstrual health items, etc. Phone number for Pittsburgh offices: 412.450.0290

Planned Parenthood of Western PA

Cribs for Kids -- Allegheny County residents can get a crib for their baby or toddler.


Do you need health insurance?

  • If you lost your health insurance recently or will lose it within 60 days, you can go to www.Healthcare.gov and apply for coverage. 8 in 10 people get financial help (probably higher now). Do not assume it's too expensive. Don't listen to rumors or someone else's experience. You don't know unless you apply. After you submit your application, you'll get a decision within minutes. You can shop and select a plan immediately.

  • If you already have health insurance through Healthcare.gov (or Obamacare), but your income changed, you may be eligible for increased financial help! Log into your account on Healthcare.gov and update the application to reflect the income change. You may not be able to change plans, but your costs can change.

  • Those without internet can call 1-800-318-2596 to reach the federal call center. A rep can walk them thru an application. It's open 24/7.

  • All the insurers available via Healthcare.gov in Allegheny County are covering COVID-19 testing and treatment without copays. (Highmark and UPMC)

  • If yourself or your children may qualify for Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), when it gives you the results, it will tell you if it sent anyone's information to the state to be reviewed for Medicaid or CHIP.

  • If someone is sent to Medicaid and you want to check on the application, give it one or two days for the app to show up in the system for the state call center, then call - 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 TDD
    for individuals with hearing impairments)

  • If someone is sent to CHIP, same thing, but call - 1-800-986-KIDS (1-800-986-5437)

  • You will get info in the mail about Medicaid or CHIP if the application is sent there.

  • If you are told to provide proof of income or provide any other documentation, do that right away! You will have some time to turn it in, but do it now so you don't forget. The best, fastest way is to upload the documents online. Especially if Healthcare.gov asks you to do this, do it online.

Important! The PA Coalition of Community Health Centers can provide free, unbiased enrollment assistance. Visit their online page here: http://www.pachc.org/Outreach-Enrollment or call 1-866-944-CARE (2273).


Do you need to see a doctor?

iHealth Clinic - No insurance required, most appointments only $35.

List of Sliding Scale Health Clinics

Compassionate Counseling - Accessible Mental Healthcare, low-income options

Low Cost Clinics for Uninsured Pittsburgh: freeclinics.com/cit/pa-pittsburgh

Planned Parenthood: Liberty Ave: 412-562-1900

Be Well Pittsburgh Medical Resources: bewellpgh.org


Do you need mental health care?

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Resources

  • You can still get an Emergency Protection From Abuse order (even when courts are closed) - INFO UPDATED 03/18/20

  • If the corona virus has forced you to self-isolate or self-quarantine in your home and you feel you may be in an unsafe situation for you and your children, help is available:

  • All PA Domestic Violence Programs - please call (if able) to see if services are altered during the pandemic

  • HOPE Center: if social distancing has forced you into an unsafe situation, call 724-224-1266 to speak with an advocate. Available to call 24/7. They will help provide domestic violence information, community resources, safety planning, support, and more!

  • PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape)'s office is closed but you can still access resources for sexual assault and violence at the Helpline: Running as usual 24/7 1-866-363-7273. Text/Chat Line: Services available and accessed through our website, https://paar.net/

Something else?

Cribs for Kids -- Allegheny County residents can get a crib for their baby or toddler.

Computer Reach - Low cost computers

I have an emergency. Who can I call besides the police?

What other organizations/groups are helping?

Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters -- We work as tenants with tenants to provide support for the creation and sustainability of effective professional tenant initiatives.

Bukit Bail Fund -- A coalition of individuals supporting those incarcerated in Allegheny County Jail.

Put People First PA -- Put People First! PA gives voice to everyday people who are struggling to meet our basic needs.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid - Resources and community support to restaurant and hospitality workers who have lost financial, housing, food, and healthcare security.

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