Summer support for families in need
Summer support for families in need
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for many families including temporary and permanent job loss. Families who are experiencing financial distress can find support and assistance from our community partners listed below.
If you find that your family’s housing may be in jeopardy due to eviction, foreclosure or other circumstance, federal laws and district policies protect students’ educational stability. To learn more, please click here or email Lauren Madia, Upper St. Clair School District’s assistant director of student support services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Meal Programs
Find a summer site using the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.
- Allegheny County Resource Guide: Includes links to employment resources, health care information, housing, mental health services, and more.
- COMPASS: Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services has an online tool to help families apply for programs and manage benefits. There are new forms of assistance, and you may qualify for additional benefits due to the effects of COVID-19.
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: Multiple programs are offered through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, including food pantries, drive-up distribution sites, doorstep drop offs, produce programs, and summer meals for kids
- Pandemic of Love: An organization that connects those in need with those who wish to give. Click to learn more about giving or receiving assistance.
- South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM): SHIM strives to help their South Hills neighbors meet basic needs, achieve self-sufficiency, and build community. SHIM offers food pantries, a Community Closet, utility assistance, support for families, and more.
Allegheny County CARES Rent Relief Program Now Open for Applications
Renters and landlords in Allegheny County may be eligible for rental assistance and limited utility assistance through the county’s CARES Rent Relief Program which opened for applications on Monday, July 6. Created by the state in May by Act 24, the Rent Relief Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and managed locally by the county. Learn more and/or apply online.
Questions can be directed via email to AHICaresRRP@actionhousing.org or via phone to 412.248.0021. In the first four days of the program, 377 applications have been submitted. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2020. The Allegheny County Rent Relief Program is first-come, first served based on the date of the completed application package.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311.