(last updated 06/04/2020, 2:10pm EST; updating often!)

COVID-19 RESOURCES (PITTSBURGH, PA)

There's help out here during the virus so you can stay afloat while you're staying safe!

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***THIS LIST IS VIEW-ONLY. IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED AS RESOURCES ARE ADDED OR CHANGED.

IF YOU HAVE RESOURCES TO BE ADDED OR CHANGED, PLEASE EMAIL ehrrinkeenan@gmail.com ***

  • Some FAQs about this list are available at the end of this document
  • This list is not exhaustive. To keep it accurate and useful, it relies on community members like you!

 

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***Some community members have used these resources and data from other sources to make some really user-friendly ways to look at this info! Please check out:

REOPENING IS ABOUT THE ECONOMY & POLITICS (AND THE VIRUS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THAT)!

HOW TO STAY SAFE:

Pittsburgh Update: Summer Activity Changes:

  • There are changes to summertime activities. Find the full list of changes here, including details on Farmer's Markets and street closures around parks to create more space.

  • Activities that can comply safely with social distancing guidelines will be allowed. They include:
  • Drive-in movies (by the Special Events office)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Pickup of bulk trash
  • Road closures in City parks (more information below)
  • Tennis courts (singles matches encouraged)
  • Pickle ball courts (singles matches encouraged)
  • Skate parks
  • Fields (but not for organized group sports)
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Expanded summer food program (likely to begin June 15)

 

  • Large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include:
  • July 4 fireworks
  • City-sponsored concerts
  • 5Ks, the Great Race and other races (though they can be held virtually)
  • Summer Camps
  • Citiparks summer youth baseball
  • Summer Line Dancing
  • Pistons in the Park
  • Playgrounds, park shelters and spray parks remain closed until further notice (CDC).
  • Swimming pools (including the Oliver Bath House) will be closed. While the CDC says that swimming itself is safe, it says 6 feet of distance between users is required and no more than 10 people should be allowed at any time. City pool waiting areas, locker rooms and lounging areas are too cramped to allow for appropriate distancing under the guidelines.
  • Bulk pick up and street sweeping have resumed.
  • Parking enforcement related to street sweeping will not be enforced.

For the latest announcements from PA/Gov Wolf:

For the latest announcements from Allegheny Co/Rich Fitzgerald:

For City of Pittsburgh/Bill Peduto:

*explanation of the phased reopening

Allegheny County currently in YELLOW PHASE

Yellow Phase

YELLOW PHASE

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020)
  • All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
  • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary

Phase

GREEN PHASE (starting for Allegheny County on 6/5/20)

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
  • Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance

Social Restrictions

  • Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
    Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols
  • All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
  • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary

UPDATE 4/20: Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Up

UPDATE 4/19, 8PM:

PA residents must wear masks when in public. Enforcement begins 4/19 at 8pm

UPDATE 4/15: PA GOV ENACTS WORKER SAFETY PROTOCOLS

ALL PA RESIDENTS SHOULD WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC

UPDATE: PA SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

Expiration Dates

Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020.

Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has temporarily suspended cash payments. Find out more about accepted forms of payment.

REAL ID

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. Find out more about REAL ID in Pennsylvania.

INFO & UPDATES:

  • The city recommends the Our Streets app to stay up on local news & where to find supplies
  • In order to best serve residents with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
  • We are working hard to ensure that you have the best and most current information. Stay up to date by signing up for Allegheny Alerts (www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts) and subscribing to COVID-19, follow the Health Department on Facebook (@AlleghenyCountyHealth) and Twitter (@HealthAllegheny), and visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus.
  • FOR ANY GENERAL ASSISTANCE: United Way helpline (help connecting to all kinds of resources), call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 or visit PA211sw.org; sign up for text alerts at pa211sw.org/text-alerts
  • Hotline information also available in: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili
  • Informational videos in these languages:

***The list of resources highlighted during the April 15, 2020 “Know Your Rights in Health Care During COVID-19" webinar is attached. The list includes links to resources from Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, #NoBodyIsDisposable, and Transgender Legal Defense Fund.

LISTENING SESSIONS & WEBINARS:

Missed last week's discussion on COVID, Equity and Recovery? Watch it here.

SURVEY:

  • Pitt is conducting an [online] survey for how families are coping through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You can find the survey and more information here
  • COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) has challenged all of us. Parents and adult caregivers are vital for ensuring children continue to thrive during these tough times. Sharing your experience can help ensure resources are accessible, especially where they will do the most good. Please take the Family Strengths Survey and help improve COVID-19 response efforts.
  • We want to learn about what has been helpful. How are you and your family doing this week? Are there resources we should share with others? What resources do families need the most right now? Let us know by completing an anonymous survey. The survey takes about six minutes.
  • Your responses to the survey are anonymous. You can skip questions. You can stop at any time. Taking the survey does not affect your receipt of services, but instead tells us what families need right now.
  • At the end of the survey, you will have the choice to enter your name and contact information for a chance to win a $100 gift card (5 people randomly selected each week from everyone who answers the survey). The contact information you enter here is never linked to your answers to the survey.
  • At the end of the survey, you can also provide your name and contact information if you want to receive a notification to take the survey again next week. Again, this contact information is never linked to your answers to the survey.

RUMOR VS FACT:

YOUR VOTING RIGHTS:

UPDATE: PA PRIMARY ELECTION MOVED TO JUNE 2ND DUE TO COVID-19

REGISTER TO VOTE (Deadline moved to may 18, 2020 to register for the Primary; new deadline to register for mail-in ballot is 5/26)

PARKS:

HEALTHCARE AND COVID-19 TESTING:

UPDATE 5/26: COVID TESTING NOW AVAILABLE FREE & WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION:

  •  PITTSBURGH – Testing for COVID-19 is now available at federally qualified health centers in Allegheny County and through Pittsburgh Mercy, a certified community behavioral health clinic.
  • The tests will be offered at no charge, and patients do not need a doctor’s referral. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested.
  • Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. This is not a list of all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • To schedule an appointment, visit http://alleghenycovidtesting.com/ or call the clinic nearest you.
  • Alma Illery Medical Center (Homewood), 7227 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh 15208; 412.244.4700
  • Braddock Family Health Center, 404 Braddock Avenue, Braddock 15104; 412.351.6300
  • East End Family Health Center, 117 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh 15206; 412.404.4000
  • East Liberty Family Health Care Center, 6023 Harvard Street, Pittsburgh 15206; 412.661.2802
  • Hazelwood Family Health Center, 4918 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh 15207; 412.422.9520
  • Hill House Health Center, 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219; 412.392.4400
  • McKeesport Family Health Center, 627 Lysle Boulevard, McKeesport 15132; 412.664.4112
  • Metro Community Health Center, 1789 South Braddock Avenue, Suite 410, Swissvale 15218; 412.247.2310
  • North Side Christian Health Center, 816 Middle Street, Pittsburgh 15201; 412.321.4001
  • Northview Heights Clinic, 525 Mt. Pleasant Road, Pittsburgh 15212; 412.322.7500
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center (South Side), 249 South 9th Street, Pittsburgh 15203; 412.697.3260
  • Squirrel Hill Health Center, 4516 Browns Hill Road, Pittsburgh 15217; 412.422.7442
  • Steel Valley Family Health Center, 1800 West Street, Homestead 15120; 412.461.3863
  • Sto-Rox Family Health Center, 710 Thompson Avenue, McKees Rocks 15136; 412.771.6462
  • West End Health Center, 415 Neptune Street, Pittsburgh 15220; 412.921.7200
  • Wilkinsburg Health Center, 807 Wallace Street, Suite 203, Pittsburgh 15221; 412.247.5216

  • UPDATE 4/21: PSA:
  • Call your PCP. COVID-19 antibody testing is now available through Quest Diagnostics lab when they run your bloodwork!
  • Test code 39504!
  • About half of those that have had COVID-19 have no symptoms. If your antibody is positive, then there is a good chance you are safe and have less to worry about.
  • ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK
  • UPMC

**MANUFACTURER OFFERING FREE INSULIN DURING COVID-19

MEDICAL MARIJUANA INFO:

PITTSBURGH MUTUAL AID & NEIGHBORHOOD-SPECIFIC INFO:

  • Care Packages Delivered: A volunteer service delivering packaged meals to those in need in Garfield. Garfield Jubilee: NEED NEW PHONE #; WILL UPDATE (4/16)
  • Receive ‘Grab n Go’ Meal Bags on your doorstep Mon/Fri between 2:30 – 4:00Local non-profit located on the corner of Friendship Ave. and S. Pacific Ave delivering daily lunches door to door. Must contact to fill out distribution form EVO FOOD DELIVERY Waiver. Marilyn Chaney at Earthen Vessels Outreach Call: 412 – 214-0862 or email: earthenvessels98@gmail.com

INCOME ASSISTANCE, LOANS, GRANTS, ETC: 

General Info:

  • Program flyer
  • The fund is for households in need of rental, mortgage payment, and/or utility assistance, specifically because their work hours were cut due to COVID-19, may call the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh at 412.227.4163 to be screened for assistance.
  • UPDATE 04/10: URA’s Housing Stabilization fund. It Is currently closed  to applicants while they catch up and determine if they have funds left. They have not provided a timeline of when they anticipate re-opening.

Loans:

Grants & Funds: 

  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (rerf.us)
  • DONATE
  • Apply For Aid: Through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
  • Apply for a grant starting Thursday, April 2, 2020; (continuing as funds are available)
  • Each approved grant is $500, one per person only
  • Eligibility Requirements: Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Subject to the availability of funds contributed to the Fund, a one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant following NRAEF’s review and confirmation that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Awards will be limited to one grant per person.

QUEER/LGBTQIA+ RESOURCES:

  • TransPride Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents have teamed up to help LGBTQ neighbors access face masks via the Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT. We are committed to no-contact distribution. There is no cost to request a mask and no need to qualify beyond being a LGBTQ person in this region.
  • To request a face mask, please use this Google Form: https://bit.ly/FaceMaskRequest
  • To contribute face masks, please use this Google Form: https://bit.ly/FaceMaskDonor
  • To donate for materials, postage, etc, please visit our Facebook Fundraiser https://www.facebook.com/donate/1107946922875619/ or http://www.paypal.me/PghLesbian
  • If you are selling face masks or know of a vendor that is LGBTQ friendly, please email pghlesbian@gmail.com with that information so we can promote them to folks who are in a position to buy their own masks. We may also buy masks with donations and would prefer to support makers who support us!
  • Pittsburgh Mutual Aid is a collective of organizers and individuals who are coming together to assist the community during the COVID-19 crisis through providing economic relief. This fund aims to deliver at least $5k a week to those in Pittsburgh who are in need because they have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis. For now, we hope to give amounts that are $250 or less.
  • Please donate and share our campaign so we can once again prove that Pittsburgh is a city of bridges which we cross to help and support each other.
  • We are doing our absolute best to prioritize people who may be more vulnerable than ever during this crisis, and people in communities who systematically have less access to social capital, family wealth, new job opportunities and other forms of support. This includes (but is not limited to)  people over the age of 60, immunocompromised people, disabled people, BIPOC, and any people who are at risk of becoming unhoused or food insecure due to COVID-19.
  • We want to help as many people as possible and will be distributing funds based on the emergency nature of the request. If we don't have cash funds available for your request, we will contact you and do our best to connect you with resources and services that can help.
  • To apply for emergency aid, please fill out the form. 
  • Please note that funds will not be shared until raised

Governmental Assistance:

  • UPDATE 5/8 (added to this doc 5/26): PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCES NEW EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
  • APPLICATION INFO HERE
  • On Friday, May 8th, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced a new, temporary cash assistance program for low-income families to help them get back on their feet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • What is the Program?
  • Eligible families will receive a one-time payment based on their family size. For example, a family of three may receive a payment ranging from $730 to $842, depending on their area.  The cash will be issued through EBT cards.
  • Income requirements are listed below:
  • Who is Eligible?
  • Families are eligible if they meet all of the requirements listed below:
  • They are pregnant or have kids under 18.
  • At least one family member was working on March 11th and experienced an hour or wage reduction of at least 50% for at least two weeks or lost employment entirely due to the public health crisis.
  • They have an income below 150% of the poverty line.
  • They have assets or savings of less than $1,000.

  • Workers Comp - If you’re exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, we have important guidance on filing PA Workers’ Compensation claims. Learn more here.

LOST HEALTH INSURANCE? HOW TO GET COVERAGE ASAP

  • 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).

For Medicaid and CHIP, the government has removed some barriers to make enrollment faster due to the COVID-19 emergency, such as giving more time to send documentation. But people still have to send that documentation, so really, people should send things immediately if they have it. (Send = upload, ideally.)

PROTECTION FROM PRICE-GOUGING:

  • On Thursday, the Justice Department announced it is activating a central fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721 or disaster@leo.gov) and has ordered U.S. attorneys across the nation to appoint special coronavirus fraud coordinators

UTILITIES, RENT, ETC:

  • "Tenant Tuesdays at Two" is a weekly conversation led by advocates at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia focusing on tenant issues in response to COVID-19. Each week, advocates will address a different issue faced by vulnerable tenants.
  • This edition focused on Illegal Lockouts and what tenants can do when they are threatened with or experience an illegal lockout in Philadelphia.
  • For more information and resources, visit PhillyTenant.org.
  • Cellular & Data info for COVID-19
  • Housing Alliance PA - housing resources
  • PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s resource list
  • Pittsburgh Presbyterian Lazarus (412-323-1400) can offer at most $250 in one time assistance to help with rental evictions, pay utility bills, and even such expenses as medical bills.
  • low-to-moderate-income Pittsburghers experiencing economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for utility and mortgage payment assistance.
  • PSWA has suspended utility shut-offs
  • Duquesne Light (CLD) has ceased shut-offs
  • FirstEnergy - Temporarily suspend shutoffs and offer payment options to help ease hardships
  • Pennsylvania American Water - Placed a moratorium and discontinued service shutoffs to keep customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the utility is beginning the restoration of service to previously shut-off customers
  • UPDATE! All evictions have been suspended for Allegheny County. there is an open letter to the City & County to put a moratorium on all evictions and all utility shut-offs during the pandemic. Consider asking your organization to sign on to the letter. 
  • Rental Assistance info here
  • Heating Assistance - NEW Crisis Assistance for LIHEAP:
  • PA has received additional LIHEAP funds from Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act, which the state will use to fund the LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program. The program will begin on Monday, May 18 and will offer a crisis benefit as well as a supplemental payment for households that previously received a crisis payment during the 2019-2020 LIHEAP season.
  • Eligibility:
  • Resident of Pennsylvania
  • Income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level
  • Responsible for primary or secondary heating source, either directly or as an undesignated portion of rent
  •   A secondary heating sources necessary to operate the primary fuel type, such as electricity (which is required to operate a natural gas or oil furnace)
  • Actual or imminent home heating (energy) emergency that can be resolved by the crisis grant (alone or with other resources)
  • For this program, in light of the current moratorium on terminations, DHS will accept a past-due utility bill as evidence of an imminent home energy emergency, provided their utility confirms that the balance due would normally result in termination.
  •   DHS will also issue a Crisis grant to cover a past-due deliverable fuel bill (oil, wood, coal, propane) if the deliverable fuel company will not complete a new delivery due to the past-due balance.
  • Benefits:
  • Up to $800 Crisis Grant to resolve an imminent home energy emergency for households that have not already received a Crisis grant in the 2019/2020 LIHEAP season.
  • Automatic $100 supplemental Crisis grant for households that received a Crisis grant during the regular 2019/2020 LIHEAP season (Nov. 1, 2019 – April 10, 2020).
  • Supplemental grants will be directed to the utility for which the household last received assistance unless the household otherwise requests the grant to be directed to a different utility.
  • Consumers who received a crisis grant during the 2019/2020 LIHEAP Season may be eligible for additional crisis grant dollars if necessary to resolve a crisis, up to the maximum $800.
  • How to Apply:
  • Online at www.compass.state.pa.us
  • If you received a LIHEAP Cash or Crisis grant during the regular 2019/2020 LIHEAP season, you may contact your local CAO to apply over the phone.
  • Print and mail a one page (front and back) application, along with supportive documentation. Spanish applications are available.
  • Print and drop off an application, along with supportive documentation, in the drop-box at the local County Assistance Office. Drop-boxes may not be available at all CAO locations.  Be sure to call before visiting the CAO.
  • COMCAST HAS EXPANDED ITS INTERNET TO HOMES THAT CANNOT AFFORD IT
  • Go to:  www.internetessentials.com Or call 1-855-846-8376
  • Offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available for free to all users and data plans will be paused for 60 days, giving customers unlimited data for no additional charge. Additionally, the company will not disconnect a customer’s internet service during this period or assess late fees if they contact the company regarding their inability to pay

PUBLIC TRANSIT INFO:

FOOD SAFETY RESOURCES:

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html

FOOD ASSISTANCE RESOURCES:

PA RESIDENTS RECEIVING SNAP WILL BE ABLE TO SHOP FOR GROCERIES ONLINE

https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/06/27/you-toss-food-wait-check-it-out

  • Anyone who is currently out of work due to COVID-19 and currently has NO income is eligible for SFPP and TEFAP using this self-declaration of need form. On the self-declaration of need form, they can simply circle $0 as they have no income. However, they should be advised that if/when their income resumes, they would need to fill out new paperwork and declare that if they intend to continue to obtain food through these programs.
  • Similarly, anyone who has lost hours, etc. because of COVID-19 and has a reduced income may be eligible for SFPP and TEFAP. On the self-declaration of need form, they should circle the income level that currently reflects their new (and potentially temporary) circumstances. As noted above, once their income picks back up, they would need to fill out new paperwork and declare that if they intend to continue to obtain food through these programs.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank 412-460-FOOD (3663)
  • Apply for Food Stamps (SNAP) & get answers about eligibility
  • with Just Harvest How to Apply for Food Stamps
  • Just Harvest is continuing to provide help with SNAP/food stamps, Medicaid, and TANF/cash assistance applications as well as case advocacy and eligibility screenings. Leave your name and contact info and the best time to reach you Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at (412) 431-8960 x602 or by filling out the form on this page.
  • (UPDATE 4/8) Just Harvest is also ramping up our direct assistance work on SNAP/food stamps, Medicaid, and TANF/cash assistance applications as well as case advocacy and eligibility screenings. If you need help, leave your name and contact info and the best time to reach you Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at (412) 431-8960 x602 or by filling out the form at justharvest.org/foodstamps.
  • Southwest PA Meals On Wheels - home meal delivery for people aged 60+ or those of any age that are younger if recovering from injury, illness, or surgery
  • South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) - Pantry open regular hours; distributing pre-packed boxes of groceries. See site for program updates, or for emergency food, please contact Molly Penderville at (412) 854-9120 ext. 108 or mpatterson@shimcares.org
  • East McKeesport VFW has started a food pantry - details here
  • JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry - open and continuing to serve 15217 and families that eat Kosher outside the area code. Individuals receive pre-bagged foods when they come to the pantry. Contact 412-421-2708 for more information
  • The JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry's critical needs social workers are available to help residents in the Greater Pittsburgh area to resources and support. Contact 412-422-7200 to connect with a social worker
  • Guide to Edible Wild Plants - free download, streaming
  • Check in the “CHILDREN & FAMILIES” section for more info about food resources specifically for children while out of school

NEIGHBORHOOD FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS:

  • Highlighting the helpers: No car? No problem. This Pittsburgh hotline is here to help.

https://theincline.com/2020/04/21/highlighting-the-helpers-no-car-no-problem-this-pittsburgh-hotline-is-here-to-help/

MON 6/8 (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.) DRIVE THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION

  • WHERE: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; 1 N Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be hosting a Drive-Up Food Distribution on Monday, June 8 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Drive-up service will be discontinued at that time. The event is part of the Food Bank’s new drive-up distribution model. Each vehicle will receive one food share (at least 50 pounds of food) per vehicle. Due to the high demand for assistance, to ensure as many people receive food as possible, we must adhere to this policy. The Food Bank will be able to serve up to 1,000 vehicles at this distribution. For additional food, please contact your local food pantry or contact the Food Bank for information about how to find a pantry near you. You can find a pantry by using the “locator” tab on our website.
  • For the safety of the staff and volunteers working to set-up the event, those attending the event are asked to arrive no earlier than when the event starts at 12 p.m. Those who arrive prior to 12 p.m. may be asked to return at that time. The distribution will end promptly at 2 p.m. Drive-up service will be discontinued at that time.
  • The Food Bank is asking individuals to follow these guidelines:
  • For everyone’s safety, individuals attending the distribution must stay in their vehicles at all times. This will help us maintain six-foot social distancing guidelines. Leaving cars to socialize is strictly prohibited
  • After pulling into “distribution row”, please put your vehicle in park and unlock your trunk or backseat for food to be loaded. Volunteers will not load food into vehicles until they are in park. Please stay in your vehicle.
  • Attendees will not be required to fill out a registration form in order to receive food.

  • FREE FRESH PRODUCE - Every Wednesday until June 24th

  • EVERY THURSDAY - PARAGON FOODS  FREE PRODUCE
  • Paragon Foods will distribute a mixed bag of fresh vegetables every Thursday for the next six months beginning this Thursday, May 28.
  • Pick-up is available in school parking lots at the following schools between 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • 💜 Milliones (UPrep): 3117 Centre Avenue - 15219
  • 💜 Carmalt: 1550 Breining Street - 15226
  • 💜 Perry: 3875 Perrysville Avenue - 15214
  • 💜 Faison: 7430 Tioga Street – 15208
  • 💜 The Gifted Center: 1400 Crucible Street – 15205
  • Paragon Foods will arrive at each site at 9:00 AM. Families can begin lining up at 10:00 AM. Each site will be able to serve approximately 300 families on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bags of fresh free food will be placed in each individual’s car/truck trunk.
  • 🥕 The mixed bags of vegetables may include potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots.
  • 🍎 The mixed bag of fruit may include apples, pears, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and tomatoes.

  • EAST PITTSBURGH - 4TH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

  • Pop-Up Food Pantry for Veterans in Brentwood: My name is George Scott U.S.M.C. 89-95. If you know of a veteran who needs food for their family. The Brentwood VFW Post 1810 on Sawmill Run blvd. is a pop up food bank. Call myself George Scott 815 483 7431, or Commander John Kaufman 412 452 0441, or Kevin Carmichael 412 417 3004. They must show a DD214 or I.D

***The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has rolled out full-scale doorstep distribution to recipients who cannot get to its drive-up events and is now reaching 1,400 households. The Greater Food Bank is providing a Door Step Delivery Program for families in need during this time. The program is designed for families who are in need, may not be able to get to grocery stores or food banks, or are immunocompromised and should be avoiding being around other people.

In order to receive the bag of non-perishable food once a week you can call 412-460-3663 ext. 655. When you call you do not need to provide any financial information. Reportedly the call is very quick, easy, and very comfortable.

When set up you can choose to get the food delivered on Wednesday or Friday from 12-5PM. Door Step Delivery Program will put the food on the front porch, ring the door bell, and stand back and wait for the individual to get their box.

GARDENING (GROW YOUR VICTORY GARDEN):

CHILDREN & FAMILIES:

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our daily CSC’s Three Things, a roundup of science-y things to READ, WATCH, and DO! Plus, check out simple science experiments you can do at home on our Instagram
  • Carnegie Science Center - watch the Cat Video Fest online!
  • The CatVideoFest is back
  • Missed the fest on the big screen? Need some more cat videos in your life. For a pay-what-you-want donation to the Carnegie Science Center, you can watch a special selection of the CatVideoFest in your home.
  • Life Routines During Cancellations: Maintaining a Routine is very Important!
  • Teen/Adult Activity Idea List:
  • Child Activity Idea List:
  • Free Audible Stories for kids, teens, and families while schools are closed
  • Exercise Routines Online for Kids:
  • The Kids Are All...at Home - podcast made by kids for kids. Listen and/or find out how to participate here.
  • Coronavirus PSA: How To Fight The New Bad Guy In Town by Jason Reynolds
  • Storytime From Space
  • Local to Pittsburgh - pghlesbian - New #ThingsToDo – A Project for Kids to Help Each Other During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • inviting kids and youth from Pre-K through High School to submit a list of 5-10 suggestions of how to avoid boredom. Adults can help, kids can work in teams. They can use bullet points or full paragraphs. They can keep it simple or use extra pages. They can include drawings or instructions or recipes. We’ll publish their first name(s) and age(s) – no other identifying information, no photos.
  • For each list we receive and publish, we will generate a $10 donation to the Northside Community Food Pantry up to $1000 total. And everyone who submits will be entered in a drawing for some cool small prizes. (If you want to donate small cool prizes, let me know!)

FOR EDUCATORS TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE TEACHING:

FOOD RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES:

  • HOMEWOOD: Limited Home Delivery of (free) food for Children & Families
  • People can sign-up to receive free food at bit.ly/hwfoodhelp or by calling 412-727-7605
  • To request this service, fill out this form 
  • Students may receive GRAB and GO Breakfast and Lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the following locations:
  • District Administration Building located at 531 Jones Ave North Braddock PA 15104; Meals will be distributed to students at the side entrance located next to the parking lot.
  • Rankin School located at 235 Fourth Ave Rankin PA 15104; Meals will be distributed at the front entrance of the building.  
  • Woodland Hills Intermediate School located at 7600 Evans Ave Swissvale PA 15218; Meals will be distributed to students from door #2 located to the right of the entrance ramp to the school.
  • Turtle Creek El Steam Academy located at 126 Monroeville Ave Turtle Creek PA 15145; Meals will be distributed to students from door #2 located at the driveway to the right of the front entrance to the school where parents presently pick up and drop off their students.
  • Students may receive meals at the location that is most convenient to their home.
  • Students will receive one lunch and one breakfast at the same time.
  • Students will receive additional meals for the weekend on Fridays.
  • The meals are intended to be GRAB and GO.  The  facilities will not be open to use as a place to eat the meals.
  • As of 3/16/2020 the State of Pennsylvania stipulates that students need to be present to receive the meal(s).  If this changes we will update ASAP

LOCAL RESTAURANTS SERVING CHILDREN & FAMILIES:

  • Free Bagz for Kidz at Sheetz
  • Peoples Indian Restaurant: Peoples Indian Restaurant is humbly extending a helping hand to its neighbors who may be in need. If you aren’t able to get a meal, or you have a child that you aren’t able to get a meal for, please call us at 412-661-3160 and we will have a togo lunch box of chicken curry, chickpeas, and rice available for you to pick up. Pick up available from 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday thru Saturday. Please call ahead so we can minimize contact. Stay safe everyone.
  • Piada Restaurant; 3600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; K-12 students who depend on our school systems for lunch; a free kid’s pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink, Monday – Friday (March 16 – April 3), during lunch hours of 10:45am - 1:00pm to students affected
  •  Inferno Pizza, Pasta & Wings Restaurant, 13380 Route 30, North Huntingdon; Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., pizza and drink for dine-in or take-out. Norwin students only
  • Irwin Dairy Queen, 7578 Route 30, Hempfield; Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Any kid’s meal with a drink. This location only for local students
  • Hunker Fox’s Pizza Den; 1669 New Stanton Ruffsdale Road; starting Monday, free pizza slices and water at the restaurant or $4.99 delivery of “kids school lunch deal” that must be ordered a day in advance. The deal is available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a small cheese pizza and drink
  • JTown Kitchen; 109 S. Second St., Jeannette; Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Lelulo’s Pizzeria; 311 Unity Trestle Road, Plum; Tuesday-Friday, pizza, salad, 6-inch sub chicken tenders and fries
  • Loucks Park; North Chestnut Street, Scottdale; Monday, 11-noon, JJ’s Pizza, hot dogs, snacks, drinks
  • Mad Pies; 811 Water St., Scottdale; Tuesday-Friday starting at 11 a.m. Students must have an ID or be accompanied by a caregiver. Pizza, chicken tenders, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese
  • Rocco’s Pizzeria; 112 S. Third St., Youngwood; Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Slice of pizza, tossed salad, chicken tenders and fries
  • Tapped Brick Oven & Pour House; 6044 Lincoln Highway, Hempfield; Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. while school is shut down. Chicken tenders and fries, kid’s pizza and kid’s spaghetti
  • United Presbyterian Church in New Kensington ; 601 Fifth Ave.; Starting Monday, 9-10 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Grade school and college students can ring a doorbell at the entrance marked No. 3 to pick up a bag of food. No sign-ups required
  • ARNOLD’S TEA - Chef Claudy Pierre; 502 E Ohio St., North Side; 412/322-2494;  From 3 pm to 7 pm, Arnold’s Tea will be offering free hot dinners, one per person, to Pittsburgh Families on the North Side as a pick-up location. He will continue to do this until he runs out of inventory. Check his social media page before going to ensure there is food: https://www.instagram.com/arnoldsteapittsburgh/

DIAPER & INFANT ITEMS:

  • WESTMORELAND CO: Blessed Bundles program @ Luthern Church of Our Saviour
  • 3rd Saturday of each month, 11am-1pm
  • 1570 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon 15642
  • (724) 863-2591
  • Diapers, wipes, other supplies, new & gently used clothing, etc. 

  • 5/9: DIAPER BANK
  • MT OLIVER: 2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH; Starting Saturday, May 9, 9-11am
  • Trinity Lutheran Church (Mt. Oliver; 601 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210) now has a Diaper Bank, for those who qualify.  The Diaper Bank will be open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Please use the Margaret St. entrance.
  • You MUST have your WIC ID, SNAP card, or proof of income to sign-up.  You will receive diapers, wipes and ointment for each qualifying child.
  • Diapers sizes are: Newborn to Adult.  Quantities are limited. 
  •  - For information about the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, go to www.wpadiaperbank.org

  • TO DONATE TO WESTERN PA DIAPER BANK’S GOFUNDME, VISIT HERE

STUDENT RESOURCES (COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY):

  • EZ Storage is a local storage company providing a free month to students. We have Resident Managers who live onsite that can help. When a person calls they speak directly to a local person that can help them immediately. Please feel free to call me with any questions or visit our website www.ezmini.com or our facebook page.

SHOPPING INFO:

  • Spreadsheet shows which sectors/industries/businesses are open/closed

FOOD: TAKE-OUT/DELIVERY (OPTIONS, SAFETY, ETC):

SAFETY FIRST:

SEND FOOD TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND PEOPLE IN NEED:

LOCAL FOOD TAKE-OUT & DELIVERY:

MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & PEER SUPPORT:

  • RESOLVE Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-796-8226
  • resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service. It's free to all residents of Allegheny County, regardless of your ability to pay
  • During these uncertain times, we know individuals may be experiencing fear, anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allegheny County has services in place for individuals to speak with someone to assist in emotional support.
  • A Peer Support and Advocacy Network is available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. by calling 1-866-661-9726
  • Crisis Services available 24 hours/7 days a week by calling 1-888-796-8226
  • We are offering telehealth services and accept all commercial insurance. Some commercial plans are also waiving copays. Sliding scale is also available  ($20-90). We also plan to do some online LIVEs around anxiety and coping through COVID-19.
  • Info@forwardwellnesscounseling.com
  • Inside Our Minds is a peer-controlled, radical mental health organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness, madness, and other conceptualizations of mental health. We define radical mental health as a dynamic and innovative term that describes how individuals and groups are finding new ways to understand and conceptualize mental health. Radical mental health supports more inclusive and social justice-driven perspectives on mental health, prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience as educators and experts. Inside Our Minds serves the Pittsburgh region through subsidized, community-based radical mental health programming at no cost to participants
  • Enhance mental wellness and ease anxiety
  • Spend quality time with caring peers
  • Form close-knit peer support groups
  • Generate new insights for your challenges
  • Learn Theory U leadership skills to help turn the crisis into learning opportunities
  • To learn more about the coaching circle methods, please check out the following two videos:

RECOVERY RESOURCES:

        

TRAVELERS AID OF PITTSBURGH:

  • Offices are currently closed, but if clients would like to enroll in the Medical Assistance Transportation Program, they can do so by calling the MATP county office at 1-888-547-6287.  Please consider that the county office may only be providing transportation for life-sustaining medical situations.
  • Clients can submit reimbursement requests in accordance with program acceptable documentation policies by faxing to (412)281-5049 or by mailing to: Travelers Aid PO Box 23534, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Our phone system automated message (412)281-5474 or, Greyhound location (412)281-0751
  • Our website: www.travelersaidpgh.org
  • Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TravelersAidPGH
  • No orders will be filled after close of business on Tuesday, March 24th until further notice.  Travelers Aid will be closed on Monday, March 23rd

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/

LEGAL RESOURCES:

  • Offices are closed to the public through the end of March, but services are still available
  • If you are in need of services, you can either apply online anytime at www.nlsa.us/get-help (or click the Get Legal Help tab here: https://nlsa.us/) or call 1-866-761-6572 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Because some NLS staff is working from home, you may get a call back from a private number. Please pick up.

SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH:

  • PP Direct - Most health providers are not writing new birth control prescriptions, but can extend current prescriptions. If you need a NEW prescription, use the PP Direct app. Download the app for NEW birth control & UTI Rx, shipped directly to your home. Co-pay has be waived!
  • Nurx app - via the app get testing & Rx for: birth control, STI testing, genital herpes treatment, oral herpes treatment, emergency contraception, HIV PreP, HPV screening,
    COVID-19 testing & consultation
  • Maternal/Natal care:
  • Contact: Sydney Olberg; I am a trained doula and I can support with postpartum as well as labor (although that is tricky these days as they are often only letting in one person during delivery) but also late trimester pregnancy and even just questions.  Sydney@thegoodpeoplesgroup.com; (612) 886-5268 Availability: open (I have been exclusively working from home)

VETERAN SERVICES:

  • Allegheny County Veterans Services Office:
  • As measures unfold across Allegheny County and the State of Pennsylvania to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus, please know that Allegheny County Veterans Services is still open, but by appointment only. Veterans who are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 issues, or other significant illnesses, loss of job or housing, may apply for the Veterans Temporary Assistance for potentially up to $1600. Please let your colleagues and contacts know that this option is available to veterans at this time if needed.
  • VTA Eligibility Criteria:
  • A person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the reserve components and the National Guard, or woman’s organization officially connected therewith, who was discharged Under Honorable Conditions from Active Military Service (other than active duty for training);
  • OR was Killed In Action;
  • OR suffered a service-connected disability.
  • Must demonstrate an immediate need for financial assistance in order to provide himself/herself and his/her family with the necessities of living.
  •  Must be a current resident of Pennsylvania.
  • Upon the death of a veteran, his or her unmarried surviving spouse is eligible, provided the Veteran would have qualified for assistance prior to her/his death
  • For more information you can call 412-621-4357 or email veterans@alleghenycounty.us

RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS/SENIORS/ELDERLY:

  • APPRISE
  • The APPRISE program helps people understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits.  In Allegheny County the APPRISE program is operated by Wesley Family Services in partnership with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging.  All services are confidential and free of charge.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact 412-661-1438 or
  •  APPRISE@wfspa.org.  Website: https://wfspa.org/service/apprise/
  • In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh
  • The In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh program is part of Wesley Family Services and engages volunteers to provide neighborly supports for older adults in their community.  During the COVID-19 outbreak, services are limited to phone check-ins and grocery/food pantry delivery and are offered free of charge.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact 412-345-7420 or 
  • ISOS@wfspa.org. Website: https://wfspa.org/service/in-service-of-seniors/
  • Check-in phone calls to fellow neighbors
  • The sharing of any news and information
  • Run errands such as picking up groceries, medications, etc. (when possible/ if needed)
  • STARTING 03/20/2020:
  • PITTSBURGH, PA (March 19, 2020) Senior Center alternative meals will be provided to those seniors who are currently registered for normal congregate meal service beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020. A pre-packaged (likely frozen) meal will be available through the current food distribution providers that are used through the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging program. Seniors who are registered for this program have previously identified as being in need and regularly receive these meals.
  • Pre-packaged meals will be available for take-out only and will be served between 11 AM – 1 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at one of these City Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers:
  • Glen Hazel – 945 Rosselle Court, 15207
  • Sheraden – 720 Sherwood Avenue, 15204
  • Southside – 12th St & 1 Beford Square, 15203
  • Lawrenceville – 4600 Butler Street, 15201
  • Homewood – 7321 Frankstown Avenue, 15208
  • Hazelwood – 5344 Second Avenue, 15207
  • Seniors who are not registered for the program but are in need of food or other resources should contact the Allegheny County Area on Aging’s SeniorLine (1-800-344-4319)

SAFER DRUG USE & SEX WORK:

  • How to use Naloxone/NARCAN - video tutorial
  • Minimize your need to share supplies—if you are sharing, wipe down mouthpieces with an alcohol swab; avoid sharing cigarettes, e-cigs, joints, pipes, works, etc; do not share needles. Contact Prevention Point Pittsburgh for clean supplies & other harm reduction items
  • Put used smoking, snorting, and injecting equipment into a bio-bucket or sharps container so people know they’re used
  • Minimize contact. If you are having sex or doing sex work, avoid coughing, kissing, and direct contact with bodily fluids & ensure condom & dental dam use
  • Plan & prepare for an overdose—load up on Naloxone/NARCAN; experiment with lower doses; make an OD plan with others & stagger use if possible. Emergency services are stretched & may be slower to respond as a result of the pandemic
  • Stock up on supplies. Prevention Point Pittsburgh can be reached at wwwlpppgh.org or (412) 247-3404
  • Prepare for a medicine & drug shortage. You might lose access to your drug of choice in an outbreak. Consider alternative drugs or medications that could help take the edge off. If facing potential opioid withdrawal, consider over-the-counter medications to make it less difficult (ibuprofen, pepto-bismol, Imodium). If you take methadone, ask your medical provider about making a plan to prevent disruptions to your dose
  • You can find NARCAN at these pharmacies without a prescription

HIV+ INFO:

  • Allies for Health + Wellness: currently open; if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come in. All current patients should call before coming in. Allies will deliver meds, bus tickets, etc. TOLL FREE: 1 888 204 8821; P: 412 345 7456
  • PACT: open, but no walk-ins. Must call for info and appointments. 412-647-PACT (7228) or 1-877-788-7228
  • Central Outreach - limited COVID-19 tests available (100 total)
  • Shepherd Wellness - currently CLOSED as of 3/16/20 (for two weeks)
  • Persad (update 04/07) - telehealth appointments available

HOMELESS SERVICES:

  • Drop-In Centers (most are closed, but may have limited services. Contact info is here.
  • 412 Youth Zone - Supportive staff (youth coaches, supervisors, therapists, education liaisons) will be available remotely (phone, text, Facebook, video chat). Youth can call main landline to be directed to support: 412-902-4068. Youth can also access Youth Zone Facebook page for updates and info.
  • 412 Youth Zone Clinic Hours: Monday- Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-4pm
  • Contact us at 412-615-4038
  • We can help with prescription refills, medical concerns and questions, and sick visits can be provided thru telehealth visits with any smart phone or smart device.
  • Wellspring - Drop-in center is closed; served outside. Clients can sign up to see case management, and will be seen inside 1 by 1. Clients can still pick up mail that will be brought outside to them.
  • Veteran’s Place (as of 3/17/20) - Drop in center and van services will still operate normal hours. Vet's Place will not accept outside providers into the space, only clients and internal staff.
  • Light of Life (as of 3/17/20) - Clients getting temperature screened before entering. Elevated temps advised to go to hospital. Meals still happening, trying to implement to-go meals. Extended donation hours M-Th, 10am to 4pm. Only two people at a time allowed in donation center.
  • Pleasant Valley (as of 3/17/20) - Overnight residents may stay in during the day and can receive lunch. Drop in center open to people taking showers and doing laundry only (M-F). Take out lunches will be offered MWF between 12pm - 1pm. Capacity will be limited to 20 persons per area. People may have to wait outside if capacity is exceeded.
  • Allegheny Link (DHS) (as of 3/17/20) - Main hotline 866-730-2368; in-person & site visits are suspended, call to be helped remotely. Field Unit is functioning remotely.
  • Operation Safety Net (as of 3/17/20) - Minimizing face to face contacts. Focusing on medically vulnerable, and virus-vulnerable individuals.
  • Bethlehem Haven (as of 3/17/20) - currently remaining open; shelter residents are cleared during day for cleaning
  • Shepherd’s Heart (as of 3/17/20) - Normal operations. Clients will receive food in containers.
  • Jubilee Kitchen (as of 3/17/20) - clients can come between 11am-12pm daily for take-out lunch. No indoor service.
  • First Presbyterian Dinner (as of 3/17/20) - no indoor service; volunteers will distribute bagged meals
  • Persad (as of 3/17/20) - Clients can still come to shower, do laundry, and access food pantry. No "drop in" or congregating hours at this time.
  • Project Silk (as of 3/17/20) - Open Wednesdays from 1-5pm for services only. Clients can reach out to Silk to schedule 1 on 1 appointments, 412-532-2128.
  • McKeesport Downtown Housing Shelter (as of 3/17/20) - not accepting new residents for next two weeks
  • Youth Support Partners (as of 3/17/20) - Have suspended face to face interactions and meetings. Will be working remotely until the end of March. They will be utilizing phone calls, texts, social media, video chat, etc in order to continue serving youth.

IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE SERVICES:

  • Immigrants and refugees can contact the JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services and Immigrant Services & Connections (ISAC) for help understanding the situation, connect with services or providers. Contact ISAC at 412-742-4200 or email isac@jfcspgh.org. If an immigrant or refugee is in crisis, call 412-422-7200 or emailed to refugee@jfcspgh.org
  • Hello Neighbor - Recently resettled refugee families who have been in the United States between 6 months and 5 years can contact the Hello Neighbor team to learn more about resources and support. Contact Hello Neighbor website: https://www.helloneighbor.io/ or email info@helloneighbor.io or via phone (412) 567-3946.

PET CARE:

  • Animal Friends Offers Temporary Emergency Shelter for pets of COVID-19 patients
  • During this challenging and uncertain time, the Clinic & Community Services team is available to answer questions and concerns about your pet’s health.  Telemedicine appointments include a phone consultation only.  The doctor can help to assess the severity of the situation.  In case of emergency, please take your pet to the nearest emergency clinic right away.  Telemedicine appointments are available if your pet is experiencing any of the following:
  • Coughing, sneezing for more than one day;
  • increased thirst or urination;
  • vomiting and/or diarrhea for more than one day;
  • sudden change in behavior or mood;
  • trouble breathing;
  • bleeding;
  • birthing struggles;
  • bloating or retching;
  • trouble urinating or defecating

GUIDANCE FOR PET OWNERS DURING COVID-19:

Pennsylvania pet owners were also offered the following advice:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets in case of illness.
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
  • Be sure all vaccines are up to date, in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  • Make sure you have proof of current vaccinations.
  • If you do not have paperwork, reach out to your veterinarian for a copy (a digital version on a mobile device is acceptable proof).
  • Failure to have proof of current vaccinations could result in your dog needing revaccinated.
  • Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions, including the prescription and contact information for your veterinarian.
  • Pets should have identification: collar with dog license and rabies tag, or any other vanity style tag with owner information. Information can also be placed on the pet's cage depending on the type of pet.
  • Place a list of pets in the home on your front door for emergency responders. Include a description of each animal, location in home or on the property, and any other pertinent information specific to each animal.
  • According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is not zoonotic and cannot be contracted or transmitted by cats and dogs.
  • Additional resources:

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

  • Kiva - 0% loans for small businesses affected by COVID-19
  • INFO FOR FARMS, FARM MARKETS, ETC.
  • Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • The full release can be found here: http://j.mp/2QweqZU
  • Bridgeway Capital - loans for small businesses & non-profits economically impacted by COVID-19
  • We realize that restaurateurs and small business alike are adjusting their ways of delivering services in this time.  Join us in our upcoming Marketing Strategies Webinar Series aimed at fostering your business continuity and digital marketing methods during COVID-19. Topics include:
  • How to enable mobile ordering and delivery with GrubHub, UberEats and Facebook
  • How to prioritize local SEO with Yelp Reviews and other reputation management networks.
  • How to develop a word of mouth advertising campaign with customer generated content
  • How to create simple social media coupons
  • How to optimize effective marketing during COVID-19 and beyond
  • Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpMvc-uprT8tEmj4qbG420hHMdkcY2CcIg
  • URA is offering resources and assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. URA encouraged businesses to contact their URA loan officers to inquire about hardship assistance.
  • Honeycomb Credit is offering discounted community-sourced loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses can borrow $10,000 - $50,000 with an introductory 6-month interest-only period and no prepayment penalty.
  • URA UPDATE: URA is halting all loan payments for the month of April 202 and offering existing borrowers Emergency Extended Credit to help ease potential cash flow difficulties over the next several weeks, includes up to an additional $15,000 at 0% interest, no fees, to be paid back on three-year terms, with no payments required for six months.  For non-existing URA borrowers the URA is temporarily easing and streamlining its Micro-Enterprise Loan Program to support up to 30 existing small businesses (not startups) located in the City of Pittsburgh, loans up to $15,000, 0% interest, no fees, to be paid back on three-year terms, with no payments required for six months.  Loan proceeds may be used for rent, payroll, and other approved fixed monthly business expenses. More info: HERE.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

  • United Way - how to virtually volunteer & who needs your help
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - needs volunteers to help pack boxes of food to be dropped off to people in need - info here
  • 412 Food Rescue needs volunteers to deliver food - info here
  • APPRISE - Volunteers needed to become trained Medicare counselors to help Medicare beneficiaries understand their benefits.  For more information, contact 412-661-1438 or APPRISE@wfspa.org.  Website: https://wfspa.org/service/apprise/
  • In Service of Seniors - Volunteers needed to call older adults to check-in and delivery grocery orders and food pantry boxes.  Program staff can help seniors with additional needs connect to resources.  For more information, contact 412-345-7420 or
  • Pittsburgh Cares Buddy System - sign up to be a “buddy” to an older neighbor or individuals with serious medical conditions (or sign up get a buddy!) We’re aiming to find community members who can provide:
  • Check-in phone calls to fellow neighbors
  • The sharing of any news and information
  • Run errands such as picking up groceries, medications, etc. (when possible/ if needed)

DONATE: (also see Mutual Aid section toward top of document)

  • #FreeBlackMamas is an annual campaign by National Bail Out seeking to raise awareness about the human and financial costs of money bail and emphasize its impact on Black mothers and caregivers. Every year since 2017, we’ve coordinated tactical bail outs nationwide – called #BlackMamasBailOuts – to free Black mamas and caregivers so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families where they belong.
  • DONATE

Undocumented People

Sex Workers

  • PayPal link (tax deductible)
  • Venmo for discretionary funds: @Q13LLC (Please indicate RCS)

Indigenous Communities

  • Decolonizing Wealth Project, in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, has launched a rapid response fund.

People in Prison & People Being Released From Prison

  • Transitions Clinic Network - Most of the people being released nationally due to COVID19 have chronic illness.  TCN  is a national network of medical homes for individuals with chronic diseases recently released from incarceration in 11 states, paired with a formerly incarcerated community health worker as a part of their clinical team.
  • TGI Justice Project works with Black transgender current and former prisoners and will provide resources for people being released, money for people currently in prison to buy protective/hygiene gear, and housing and food for Black trans people who are homeless.
  • Bonafide -  meets people upon release at the prison gate and provides them with material necessities – like clothing, toiletries, and a cellphone- as well as emotional and logistical support, rides, etc.
  • A former prisoner started this facebook page where people with family members in prison can request direct financial support into their canteen to help them buy sanitation supplies.
  • Organizations that are exerting massive pressure to get people out right now, such as #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth in New York
  • TO DONATE TO WESTERN PA DIAPER BANK’S GOFUNDME, VISIT HERE

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE:

  • Share My Check - Donate your stimulus check to those who need it the most
  • PURR (Pgh Union of Regional Renters), it is time to Cancel Rent

  • Both federal and local officials have failed to offer any real solutions to renters during this crisis.  Evictions cannot happen in Allegheny County until April 14th, but with so many of us now out of work or facing unemployment, we need to tell local officials, landlords and anybody that will listen that we are canceling rent — among other critical public demands in this health crisis.

  • Please, fill out and share this letter and petition to let the Pittsburgh Union of Regional Renters (PURR) know you support cancelling rent throughout the coronavirus crisis. Do note on the petition if you are willing to organize — in general, and with people in your neighborhood or folks who share a landlord.

  • We need you all, and each other, in what is truly an emergency for so many already so vulnerable to Pittsburgh's housing crisis.

  • Together we can #CancelRent to get and keep each other housed, protect workers and all human rights long suffering in Greater Pittsburgh. We are asking you to share this out widely and especially at the social media accounts of your city council members, the mayor, and your state representatives. #CancelRent.

  • When we fight alongside one another in times like these, we do win.

  • Pittsburgh United - Open Letter & Petition to Gov Wolf & State Legislature regarding making provisions for PA residents during COVID-19. Read the full list of demands here. Sign the petition here.
  • Join unions, advocates, people of faith and community members from across the state, whose work serves millions of Pennsylvanians, to demand expanded healthcare access during this critical time. http://bit.ly/amwfra #AWFRA #supportamericanworkers
  • Take action: Tell Congress to include libraries in COVID-19 relief American Library Association
  • Proposals for COVID-19 Relief: Randolph-Sheppard Blind Vendors - sign petition here
  • Good People’s Group - free classes online

EMPLOYMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS & CAREER SERVICES:

  • CareerLink - employment opportunities
  • Local company hiring for assembly of respiratory devices for COVID-19 response
  • United Way hiring 2-1-1 resource navigators (PT) 
  • Non Profit Talent Pittsburgh - job board
  • Amazon hiring PT for Order Sortation Center in Pittsburgh & warehouse work in Pittsburgh & Sewickley (no resume or previous work exp required); up to $18/hr. Text PITTNOW to 77088
  • JFCS Career Development Center's Career Counselors are meeting 1-on-1 with jobseekers and professionals while also working to meet the workforce needs of the Pittsburgh community by offering resources to better understand unemployment compensation programs and support the many people who may struggle with reduced hours and lay-offs. If you are interested in accessing career services and support, please call 412-422-5627 or email us at cdc@jfcspgh.org
  • PA CareerLink® Allegheny East continues to serve our community through the effects of COVID-19 by supporting both job seekers and businesses. Though our physical offices are closed, our Career Services Team maintains the ability to serve individuals seeking job opportunities by keeping them updated on new openings, resume assistance, remote workshops, and access to other supportive services. Our Business Services Team remains available to businesses large and small, for recruitment assistance to fulfill any hiring needs and to provide information regarding grants, loans, and other financial support through this difficult time.  If you are interested in accessing open job opportunities and/or career services, please call 929-506-6831 or email us at lisa.uram@careerlinkpittsburgh.org
  • PA hiring to manage unemployment claims. Multiple positions.

SELF-CARE & COOL STUFF FOR ANYONE:

  • Join me for a free 30 minute weekly online gathering to connect in with your breath, learn songs old as the hills and just born this week, and raise up your voice in community. Special guests will sometimes join us to teach a tune. Everyone is welcome!
  • Every Sunday Until Further Notice
  • 5:30 pm Pacific / 6:30 pm Mountain / 7:30 pm Central / 8:30 pm Eastern
  • Register to get the Zoom link
  • There are a couple new videos, one that focuses on Keeping our relationships healthy (a conversation between Liana and Forward Wellness' Jodi Hnatkovich, LPC, PMH-C, CPLC) and one that looks Social distancing and grief (or loss/change to our identity) courtesy of our reflections on Sameet Kumar Ph.d's book, Grieving Mindfully.

SELF-CARE & COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS:

  • Free telehealth appointments for first responders
  • Headspace app free for healthcare professionals; will be able to access a full library of guided meditations (with a new one arriving each day), along with sleep sounds and bedtime exercises, all of which could help them destress. To register, you’ll need your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and an email address
  • Resources for Social Workers & Therapists

CONNECTING & COMMUNITY DURING SOCIAL DISTANCE:

  • Pittsburgh Community Action for COVID-19 Planning Series-Meeting 1 - REGISTER HERE

  • STAY IN & READ WITH CARNEGIE LIBRARY - details here
  • #BurghMeetsWorld - As most of our interactions are moved to a digital realm, there is opportunity to connect over a shared global reality. We believe in the power of collective experience
  • How are you finding ways to connect with the world in a time of social isolation?
  • How do you see inequities in your community being exacerbated by this global pandemic?  
  • Follow these steps to share and hear others' stories about how social distancing and inequities brought to light by COVID-19 are affecting communities locally in Pittsburgh and around the globe:
  • Tell your story - submit a first-person post (or video) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram responding to one/both of the prompts.
  • Tag - include the hashtag #BurghMeetsWorld + copy and paste the prompts. Tag 5 friends to do the same (or reach out to community members who don't have social media and see if it's ok to share on their behalf!)
  • Connect - The Global Switchboard will compile and repost stories to our Facebook page to bring together voices from around the world and spark new discussions.
  • We hope this campaign creates a sense of global solidarity and proves that - despite isolation - this is an opportunity for a stronger community.

  • Netflix Party! Watch tv with friends while at home social distancing
  • Quarantine Chat - free & worldwide; random chats with others stuck at home via phone
  • Directory of Online Music Lessons & Classes
  • In addition to group classes and workshops, I also offer private lessons in singing and songwriting. I'm currently teaching all lessons online, and I have openings for a few new students. I know many music teachers and musicians who are out of work due to COVID-19 who are teaching online as well. So I created a Directory of Online Music Lessons & Classes to help folks looking for music lessons and folks who are teaching online connect during this time. Please share widely!
  • Unlock the Song Inside: Songwriting Class for LGBTQIA+ People & Allies
  • Everyone has songs inside of them. What do yours sound like? Join us to unlock your creativity and let your songs out! This is a supportive online community class for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, intersex, and asexual people and allies. Whether you've been songwriting for years or you've never written a song, this class is for you.
  • Sundays April 19th - June 21st (no class May 17th)
  • 3 - 5 pm Pacific / 4 -6 pm Mountain / 5 - 7 pm Central / 6 - 8 pm Eastern
  • More Info

CENSUS 2020:

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

SOME FAQS ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THIS LIST:

Hi neighbors! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about who I am, why I started this list, how information is vetted, and whether the links are trust-worthy. Here’s some info, but please email me if you have resources to share (or update), or if you have other questions. Thank you for being a part of my community!

  • WHO ARE YOU?
  • My name is Ehrrin Keenan; I’ve lived in Pittsburgh since 1998. I am a white, cisgender, queer woman.
  • I work as an operations manager at Bridge to the Mountains. Previously I worked for 6.5 years at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. I am lucky to have large professional networks in human services, and a large network of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances in my personal life (hi, yinz!)
  • WHY DID YOU START THIS LIST?
  • I started this list to be a resource to friends who had been laid off on Monday 3/16. It started being shared, and it just grew from there because Pittsburghers are amazing! Please keep sending me more resources & any updates or changes to the information listed. (Or if links are broken, incorrect, etc.)
  • HOW CAN I UPDATE THIS PAGE?
  • Right now this document is view-only to ensure that the info is correct, the links work, and that nothing gets accidentally deleted or changed. Please feel free to email me with new resources, updates, or changes. Thanks!
  • ARE THE LINKS SAFE TO CLICK?
  • I test all the links, and only include info that is ‘real’, helpful, and that appear to be non-discriminatory. Information is changing quickly. If you find a link that isn’t working, or isn’t going where it says it does, please let me know, and I’ll get it updated asap!