EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND FOOD ASSISTANCE:
(Other than cash assistance through the welfare office)
ALLEGHENY VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
1913 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Services: This program provides short-term emergency assistance to families and individuals. Helps with rent and utility payment assistance, emergency food, clothing and shoe vouchers, gasoline vouchers, bus passes, prescriptions and referrals.
Eligibility: Must live in the Allegheny Valley area (Brackenridge, Tarentum, East Deer, Fawn, Frazier, Harrison, Verona, New Kensington, Arnold, or Lower Burrell) and demonstrate financial need.
Catholic Charities / CARELINE
212 9th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Services: Offers families temporary tangible assistance during emergencies and disasters. Funds are issued for emergency financial needs and may not be used for rent or a security deposit.
NORTHERN AREA MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
209 Thirteenth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412-781-1175 ext 2243
Services: Provides a one-time grant to help with winter fuel bills.
Eligibility: Consumers must live in North Central Allegheny County (McCandless, Glenshaw, Sharpsburg, Etna, Millvale, O'Hara).
NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Services: Provides energy assistance to families who have received a utility shut off notice. Assists families with rent payments to prevent homelessness, car repairs to prevent unemployment, prescription drug costs, home repairs, and more.
Eligibility: To qualify the individual or family must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. Consumers must live in the following school districts: Hampton, North Hills, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Northgate, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, and Avonworth.
PITTSBURGH PRESBYTERIAN LAZARUS
901 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Services: Provides financial assistance with mortgage foreclosures, rental evictions, utility bills, medical expenses. Amount of assistance will not exceed $250.
424 Third Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Services: Offers emergency food and utility assistance to needy families and individuals.
VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Services: May provide financial help for a variety of reasons (i.e. utilities, rent, etc.). The main number provides callers with the name of the church or volunteer group in the community to call for help.
GREATER PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK
1 North Linden
Duquesne, PA 15110
Services: Provides food to low income families and advocates for programs to stop hunger.
16 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Services: This organization provides advocacy, education, organizing and empowerment services. They have a very useful website to help navigate people through the welfare system. They offer a free brochure to consumers to help them with the welfare system.
WELFARE JUSTICE PROJECT
Services: Provides legal representation and advocacy for clients with regard to public benefits.
If you apply for food stamps, you may be eligible for emergency food stamps. For help with food stamps, call Hunger Action at 1-800-634-2033.
To find out where you can locate charitable food programs in your area contact the PA Hunger Action Center at 1-800-FOOD-997.
REMEMBER THAT THE PUBLIC BENEFITS SYSTEM IS COMPLICATED. FEEL FREE TO ASK YOUR WELFARE CASEWORKER FOR HELP. EACH CASEWORKER HAS A SUPERVISOR YOU CAN SPEAK WITH IF YOU CANNOT GET THE HELP YOU NEED FROM THE CASEWORKER. SAVE ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTATION.