The HSCC’s Emergency Assistance Program is NOT accepting applications at this time. To be added to the waitlist and notified when the application reopens, please call 412-436-9537.
If you are a resident of the Mon Valley or Eastern Suburbs of Allegheny County and meet the following income guidelines, you might be eligible. Up to $1,000 is available per eligible applicant; funds are limited. An application does not guarantee assistance will be provided.
Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Allegheny County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides financial help to those who are struggling to pay rent and utilities. Assistance is available to those who have lost a job or experienced financial hardship since March 13, 2020. You may qualify if someone in your household qualifies for unemployment, has lost income, is at risk of experiencing homelessness, or your income is below the limits stated on the application website. Depending on your situation you may receive up to 12 months of rent or utility assistance. For more information visit: https://
The Family’s First Coronavirus Response Act authorized a new benefit called Pandemic EBT to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The benefit will come on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which is like a debit card. The benefits can only be spent on food items at any store that accepts SNAP (“food stamps”). P-EBT is a one-time payment that aims to help parents afford food for children who could be receiving free or reduced-price school meals if their school were open. Congress has extended P-EBT to cover the summer months. You can still apply for SNAP benefits or free/reduced-price meals to receive summer P-EBT. For more information or to check your eligibility, look here: https://www.justharvest.org/faq-about-pandemic-ebt-in-pennsylvania/
If you need to file for Unemployment Compensation, go here: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent workers are now eligible to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In general, PUA provides up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. PUA has been extended through September 4, 2021. https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/PUA-FAQs.aspx
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: allows individuals who exhausted their UC benefits after July 1, 2019 be eligible for up to 53 weeks of UC. PEUC has been extended through September 4, 2021. Check out the FAQ page here: https://www.uc.pa.gov/
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