Assitance Resources and information:
To be connected to services and agencies, use 211!
PA 2-1-1 Southwest: Dial 2-1-1, Visit http://pa211sw.org/, Text your zip code to 898-211 or Call 888-856-2773
Highlands School District – www.goldenrams.com for lunch distribution times, days and locations.
Burrell School District – Call Burrell School District at Mr. Andrew Klipple, Food Service Director at 724-334-1412 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for home delivery of lunches
New Kensington Arnold School District - https://www.nkasd.com/ for lunch distribution times, days and locations
Freeport Area School District – Call 724-295-5141 for information.
Allegheny Valley Association of Churches: Anyone needing assistance can call 724-226-0606 and we will do our best to help. The Food Bank will be open on Wednesday as usual but will operate outside the building. All food will be pre-bagged for everyone’s protection.
Pittsburgh Food Bank: View this link for updated distribution of food in the Greater Pittsburgh Region area -
Salvation Army of Allegheny Valley: Call 724-224-6310 for requests and needs. Doors open from 9:00-12:00, Monday-Friday. Individuals and families in need of food may come during these times. Please know that we are checking phone’s daily and will get back to you as soon as possible. At this time, all ministries in the building have been paused until further notice.
Veggies for All by Building Block of Natrona: Saturday, March 21: monthly produce & food event - held on the third Saturday of every month at the Knights of Columbus hall, 28 Garfield Street, in Natrona. Open from 1-2:30 pm. Please arrive by 1 as our food often runs out by 1:30 pm due to community demand. We also hold our Cosmetics Closet program at the same time. Everyone is welcome. First come-first served. Bring a bag! Bring a friend!
EFSP: Emergency Food and Shelter Program (https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm)
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.
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
AIU Highlands Family Center: If you need assistance with anything or have questions, please feel free to call the Highlands Family Center at 724-224-9006 or our van cell phone at 412-586-8129. Although we cannot physically be in the office, we are still available during normal business hours to assist, support and encourage you.
TryLife Center : Effective 3/17/2020 TryLife Center will be temporarily closed to help with prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have a diaper or formula emergency need call us at 724-339-9399 and leave a message with your name and a phone number to call back. Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TryLifeCenter/
Talking to children about COVID-19 (SAMHSA printable resource)
Info on childcare centers (closed except for care to allow essential healthcare & first responders to report for work)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - missing storytime while the libraries are closed?
Free Audible Stories for kids, teens, and families while schools are closed
Coronavirus PSA: How To Fight The New Bad Guy In Town by Jason Reynolds
List of Education Resources for children out of school - free subscriptions during pandemic
Scholastic Daily Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
ABCMouse - free with code SCHOOL7771
LIHEAP: (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap): Low Income High Energy Assistance Program helps with energy costs. Anyone who receives LIHEAP also qualifies to have a broken heating system (furnace, boiler, gas line, etc) repaired or replaced at no cost to them. They can request a referral by calling the department of human services at 412-562-0330
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.
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
List of some emergency tenant protections enacted during the COVID-19 outbreak (https://blog.augrented.com/renting-during-the-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/)
UPDATE! All evictions have been suspended for Allegheny County.
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. https://alleghenycounty.us/Human-Services/About/Contact/Allegheny-Link.aspx
Operation Safety Net (as of 3/17/20) - Minimizing face to face contacts. Focusing on medically vulnerable, and virus-vulnerable individuals. https://www.pittsburghmercy.org/homeless-services/pittsburgh-mercys-operation-safety-net/
HEALTH / MEDICAL QUESTIONS:
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.
TESTING FOR COVID-19:
As of 03/17/20: DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITES:
127 Anderson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
95 Leonard Ave., Washington, PA 15301
2360 Hospital Drive, Aliquippa, PA 15001
**** Those wishing to be tested must have a photo identification, an insurance card & a prescription from a physician****
Highmark is waiving all out of pocket expenses for coronavirus testing for its fully insured Medicare Advantage, and Affordable Care Act plan members
Cigna is waiving all out of pocket expenses for coronavirus testing for its fully insured plan members.
UPMC offering testing by doctor referral starting Tuesday, March 17th: Beginning Tuesday,
UPMC will direct patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to a specimen collection site in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. It will not be open to the public. Patients must be referred by a physician approved by UPMC’s infection prevention team. They must also have an appointment.
UPMC will cover the full cost of diagnostic testing for coronavirus, will allow early refills, offers 24/7 Nurse Line (1-866-918-1591)
HealthWell: Assistance for underinsured patients living with chronic or life altering diseases. (https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/patients/)
NeedyMeds: Helps patients find assistance with the costs of medication: (https://www.needymeds.org/questions-faqs)
INCOME ASSISTANCE, LOANS, GRANTS, ETC:
Hebrew Free Loan is doing Coronavirus Bridge Loans asap to assist people who have lost income because of the pandemic. http://hflapgh.org/coronavirusloan/
DVI Funding is doing Coronavirus Bridge loans asap. See site for more info and application. https://www.dvifunding.com/coronavirus
Unemployment: Apply online https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/File%20an%20Initial%20Claim.aspx
FYI: Please note that the UC waiting week has been suspended. Eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed.
The fast way to apply is online: https://www.paclaims.pa.gov/UCEN/
Please be patient -- due to high demand, our UC system may experience intermittent slowness. Our UC team is working hard to process your claims.
For more information, visit http://uc.pa.gov/
Worker’s Compensation: If you’re exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, we have important guidance on filing PA Workers’ Compensation claims. Learn more here.
Grants & Funds:
ROC - Restaurant Workers! - check here for a live list with tons of support resources: https://rocunited.org/stop-the-spread/coronavirus-support/?emci=45403530-2869-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&emdi=3d4aaab6-4a69-ea11-a94c-00155d03b5dd&ceid=127187
Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar - a new independent project hosted on Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Ethics and Policy website — is aiming to alleviate some of that financial stress on SERVICE INDUSTRY WORKERS that rely on tips. Get on the list and/or give someone a tip here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IZOH9TaS1qIBNnQZd-wa9V4zh3O0u1Cxh4FwUgFynhA/edit#gid=736125222
Modest Needs is offering donations to HOURLY WORKERS who won't get paid during the COVID-19 outbreak. (https://www.modestneeds.org)
Emergency Funds for people who work as BARTENDERS here: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap?fbclid=IwAR0H4U_NixUnzH7EtEixsiscYttC2HaWlxY809VFHsWx513zggmC3IoNwJg
ONE FAIR WAGE - Emergency Coronavirus Fund for TIPPED EMPLOYEES & WAGE WORKERS: https://ofwemergencyfund.org/
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – can apply for Cash Assistance) here: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/Cash-Assistance.aspx
Voter registration information for Allegheny County: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/elections/voter-registration.aspx. Deadline for the 2020 Primary Election: 5 PM on April 13, 2020
Voter information for Westmoreland County: https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/251/Elections
Voter information for Armstrong County: https://co.armstrong.pa.us/index.php/departments-m/elections-voters-registration-m
Voter information for Butler County: https://www.butlercountypa.gov/200/Voter-Applications
MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & PEER SUPPORT:
Text PA to 741-741
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
Additional information and resources on mental health care can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. The agency’s Disaster Distress Hotline is 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health (SAMHSA printable resource)
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA printable resource)
Forward Wellness Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC: 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. Email to: Info@forwardwellnesscounseling.com
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (PPI) - offering telehealth services for spiritually integrated counseling
Associates in Behavioral Diagnostics and Treatment (AIBDT) - offering telehealth services
National Center for School Mental Health - list of resources covering several topics (mental health, students & families, etc)
JFCS Counseling Services: If you are in need of counseling services, you can call 412-904-5960 and leave a message. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible
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
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 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/
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 email@example.com
RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS/SENIORS/ELDERLY: