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Help in Hard Times
Social Service Agencies
adultBasic Health Insurance for Adult Pennsylvanians
This is a program managed by the Insurance Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that covers basic healthcare needs for adults age 19 - 64 who have no health insurance and meet eligibility requirements.
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services: Help in Hard Times
Having trouble paying your bills? There are programs in place to help you get through these difficult times. These programs, in many cases, are paid for by your taxpayer dollars and are available without charge to any Allegheny County resident who is income eligible.
Be Well Pittsburgh
This site provides options for those without healthcare insurance and a special section with information for those recently laid off.
Registering with CareerLink puts the job seeker in instant contact with career professionals to assist with all aspects of job searching from resume development, locating job openings, and successfully interviewing.
CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program
Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
Community Human Services
for people in Pittsburgh.
COMPASS is an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human services programs.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure
Whether you're in foreclosure now or worried about it in the future, they have information that can help.
Federal Trade Commission Credit repair: How to help yourself
You can improve your credit report legitimately, but it takes time, a conscious effort, and sticking to a personal debt repayment plan.
Foreclosure Assistance from the Sheriff of Allegheny County
Lists agencies that may be able to help you avoid foreclosure.
PA 2-1-1 Southwest
Pennsylvania 2-1-1 Southwest, the free human service hotline operated by United Way, is professionally staffed 24/7 in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Call 211 (or 888-553-5778) for help with human services and community resources.
Pennsylvania's Here to Help
From meeting basic needs for food and shelter to upgrading professional skills to find a new job in a high-demand industry, the Commonwealth has a wide variety of programs to help people get through the tough times.
Pittsburgh Social Services
Crisis hotlines (suicide prevention, domestic abuse, poison control, etc.); emergency housing and shelters; info on government assistance; food pantries; support groups and other resources for people in Pittsburgh who could use a helping hand.
Resolve: Crisis Network
UPMC crisis hotline. Call 1.888.796.8226 before a crisis becomes a crisis.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare provides food assistance for low-income households in Pennsylvania.
This link takes you directly to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. All of the instructions and forms needed to apply for Unemployment Compensation may be found here.