The Department of Human Services and HUD have an extensive directory located on their website with additional resources for homeless individuals. The website “Word on the Street” has a number of resources available.
Fifth Avenue Commons
905 Watson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Services: The emergency shelter offers 28 free beds to women for the night. The maximum amount of time a woman may stay in the shelter is 60 days a year. Women must arrive after 3:30 p.m. for intake, which begins at 4:00 p.m. Beds are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Shelter residents also receive dinner and breakfast. Bethlehem Haven runs a mental and physical health clinic for homeless women. Drug and alcohol counseling and transitional living services are available to help alleviate the issues that cause homelessness.
Eligibility: Shelter is available to single women only.
EAST END COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES
250 N. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Services: Provides emergency shelter to adult men. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shelter residents receive an evening meal.
Eligibility: Men only over age 18.
LIGHT OF LIFE RESCUE MISSION
P.O. Box 6823
10 E North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Services: Provides overnight shelter. Bed sign-up is between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is on a first come, first served basis. A soup kitchen provides food to all those who are hungry: men, women, and children. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m., and dinner is served at 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Men only.
EAST END COMMUNITY THRIFT SHOP
Services: This store is opened to the community offering clothing, furniture, and small appliances. Social service workers can fill out an application on behalf of their consumer to receive a small voucher to be used for household items within this thrift shop. Call directly for the guidelines and an application.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
Services: Provides financial assistance in order to prevent eviction or foreclosure, obtain permanent housing, or obtain temporary shelter. Consumers must be receiving public assistance to apply for benefits.
HOSANNA HOUSE NEW FOUNDATIONS PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
807 Wallace Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA. 15221
Services: Provide case management services, supportive services, and rental housing for formerly homeless single head of household families with an identified disability: physical, mental health, or drug and alcohol. The person being referred must be 18 years of age or older with one or more children under the age of 18. One family member must have a permanent disability and verification of homelessness as defined by the federal government.
THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE
Services: Vouchers may be provided to individuals in need for use at the Salvation Army's thrift shop. Anyone can walk in or call the thrift shop, located in the South Side.
City of Pittsburgh 412-227-4802
Allegheny County 412-227-4812
Services: Provides financial assistance with first month's rent and security deposits to new renters. Also offers housing counseling and housing resource lists.
BRIDGES TO INDEPENDENCE, DEBRA HOUSE
Services: Provides shelter to single female heads of household and their children. Provides housing for 6-12 months for 15 women and their children.
418 Mitchell Avenue
Clairton, PA 15025
Services: Provides permanent and transitional supportive housing for homeless single mothers and their children.
412-824-2444 (for those leaving shelter)
412-281-2102 (all other programs) main downtown office
Services: Life skills, emergency housing, and tangible assistance for those leaving shelter or bridge housing programs. Life skills, job development and youth programming for residents of several public housing areas. Self-sufficiency services are provided for Section 8 recipients who wish to become independent of subsidies.
Homeowners can access mortgage assistance if they are more than three months behind on their mortgage. Also, creates lists of subsidized and non-subsidized housing units for low-income and special needs populations. Provides grants to eligible (elderly/disabled) residents to make their homes accessible.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY REHABILITATION CORPORATION (ACRC)
Services: Provides a housing management program which offers subsidized and non-subsidized housing in specific neighborhoods of the county.
Services: Puts together a weekly list of low-cost, market-rate rentals in Allegheny County. List is available every Monday morning.
GARFIELD JUBILEE ASSOCIATION
Services: Provides housing units for rent or sale to low and moderate-income families willing to relocate to Garfield. Offers housing and financial counseling as well as energy assistance for Equitable Gas and Duquesne Light.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPEMENT (HUD)
Services: Compiles a list of all Section 8 properties that are available for rent. List will be mailed out upon request.
Services: Provides construction services (including disability access improvement) for needy qualified low-income households. Offers disaster relief services.
LIHEAP (LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)
Services: Provides grants to people on a low or fixed income to pay for fuel bills. Offers financial assistance for weather-related emergencies such as furnace repair, gas or fuel line repair, hot water heating system repair, and more.
Eligibility: Based on income. Call for more information.
Services: Provides minor repairs, including drywall, painting, and gardening for the owner-occupied homes of those who physically or financially cannot do the work for themselves. Focus is on the elderly.
HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Services: Provides case management services, relocation and tangible assistance for homeless individuals and families. Clients must have a stable source of income and an agreement to comply with the comprehensive case management plan to be eligible.
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Services: Provides low-interest loans and below-interest mortgages to eligible residents who wish to become first-time home owners.
Eligibility: Must be a City of Pittsburgh resident or willing to relocate to Pittsburgh. Income guidelines apply.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY
Subsidized Housing and Section 8 intake:
625 Stanwix St., 12th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Services: Operates 19 family housing communities in various locations around the county and provides Section 8 vouchers to eligible families based on income guidelines.
Eligibility: Based on income guidelines and unit availability.
CITY OF PITTSBURGH HOUSING AUTHORITY
Subsidized Housing Communities
200 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Services: Operates 11 different public housing facilities operated throughout the city of Pittsburgh, as well as provides Section 8 vouchers.
CITY OF MCKEESPORT HOUSING AUTHORITY
Subsidized Housing and Section 8:
2901 Brownlee Ave, 2nd Floor
McKeesport, PA 15132
Services: Operates public housing in the City of McKeesport.
You can use the same application to apply for public housing and Section 8 at the three authorities listed above. Just remember to send a copy of the application to each location.
FOR ASSISTANCE WITH HOUSING ISSUES CONTACT:
Pittsburgh Fair Housing
Neighborhood Legal Services
*Information provided through KidsVoice. KidsVoice is a non-profit organization representing abused, neglected, and at-risk children throughout Allegheny County. Please see www.Kidsvoice.org for more information regarding this organization.