So many in our community are hurting and need help during this coronavirus crisis. But it’s hard to know where to find that help — or even what’s available.

After listing ways you can help others during the pandemic, we decided to compile this Pittsburgh guide to finding help for yourself. This article will be updated.

Food assistance

  •  every day from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fishes and Loaves Cooperative Ministries (131 E. Elizabeth Street).
  • Get grab-and-go lunches at daily from 12:15-1:15. Their food pantry is open from 9:30-11:30 and 1-3 daily for those in need of food. And they have housing for those who find themselves 青鹏棋牌less.  (6140 Station St., East Liberty)
  •  for school kids at multiple city recreation centers and Salvation Army sites around Pittsburgh.
  •  and  Downtown are offering meals to service industry workers who’ve lost work due to coronavirus.
  •  The Urban League of Pittsburgh can help. Call 886-395-3663.
  •  and caregivers can get help through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
  • can get free takeout meals at one of six City Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  •  across Allegheny County is now available. Many of the sites have eligibility requirements, so call ahead to confirm you’re eligible.
  •  at 2-1-1 for help finding food, housing or financial assistance.
  •  The Pandemic of Love organization can match you with a local volunteer able to bridge the gap.

Housing help

  •  due to outbreak precautions can get 30 days of free storage from U-Haul.
  •  is offering help to those struggling with rent payments due to COVID-19-related losses in work and wages.
  •  Eviction proceedings have been temporarily halted. Also,  like gas, water and electric have been halted until further notice.
  •  says it’s working with residents who may have their working hours reduced due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Financial assistance for workers and creatives

  • , you may be eligible for unemployment.
  •  of up to $5,000. Loans must be cosigned.
  • includes checks of $1,200 for many single Americans, $2,400 for many married couples and an additional $500 to parents for each child under the age of 17. Check amounts depend on your income and likely won’t arrive before May.
  •  provides up to $500 in assistance to western Pennsylvania artists experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  •  is offering free financial counseling remotely. Call 1-800-298-0237 to schedule a session.
  • Sign up for totally free financial coaching and counseling sessions through the (non-sectarian).
  • of up to $500 are available through the Dollar Energy Fund, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that provides utility assistance to limited-income households. Call 1-800-683-7036 for more info. Utility shutoffs aren’t allowed during the pandemic, but Dollar Energy Fund suggests reaching out now if you find yourself falling behind.
  •  whose income has been impacted by the crisis, apply to the Western Pa. Journalist Emergency Relief Fund by May 17.

Financial assistance for small business owners

  •  are available to small businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
  •  are available through local crowdfunding investor platform Honeycomb Credit.
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is  for the month of April. The URA is also offering Emergency Extended Credit to existing borrowers.
  •  The URA is also streamlining its Micro-Enterprise Loan Program to offer 0% loans for up to 30 small businesses that are not currently URA borrowers.
  •  to small Pennsylvania businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak via the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
  • Facebook is awarding $175,000 to help 44 small businesses in Allegheny County affected by COVID-19. until May 7.


  • Here’s guidance on when and how to get tested for COVID-19.
  •  in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Visit ,  and  for more information on their testing sites and policies.
  • : Alcoholics Anonymous is offering . Narcotics Anonymous is . The Substance Abuse and Mental Health 青鹏棋牌 Administration has a hotline — 1-800-662-HELP (4357) — for anyone who needs it. Pennsylvania has .
  •  has launched a free virtual mental health program for those in need.
  •  with this listing of local therapists offering free appointments. Providers can email to have their name added to list.
  • If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, there are resources to help, such as  and the .
  • Seniors who are feeling lonely and isolated can stay connected with weekly, confidential phone calls through the South Hills Interfaith Movement’s CheckMates program. Call 412-854-9120, ext. 116, to enroll or for more info.
  • The Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s is expanding its free live-streaming curriculum for seniors, who can connect with each other during classes focused on health and wellness, technology, literature, arts and music, history and current events.
  • Need a mask? Check with and .
  • finding face masks and other resources can connect to them through the Pgh MasQUe ProjecT.
  •  Operation Face Mask Pittsburgh get protective gear to those who need it.


  • , a nonprofit Pit Bull rescue, has a month’s supply of food (enough for 20 dogs and 20 cats) and is offering no-contact delivery to pet owners in need of help.

Stay connected

  •  across the country are available for free to all users.
  • , the county has a hotline.
  •  residents to join its electronic notification system for updates.
  •  all the medical terms you’re hearing and seeing? Let this handy glossary help.
  • Find coronavirus information in different languages, via  and the Jewish Community Center.


  • To assist small to midsize nonprofits, is offering HR-related services and information sharing, including weekly webinars covering everything from handling layoffs and paid leaves of absence to navigating the new regulations and benefits. Webinars will be recorded and available for .
  • , the Pennsylvania Department of Human 青鹏棋牌 has a tool to help you find it.
  • can apply for operating support through the POISE Foundation’s Critical Community Needs Fund.
  • like food, medical supplies, baby supplies, and more? The Community Delivery Hotline of Allegheny County is there to help bridge the transportation gap.
  • To minimize the impact of the “COVID slide,” which experts predict may result in up to a year of learning loss for students, has created free at-青鹏棋牌 learning resources, lessons and videos that are available for the rest of the school year for teachers and students (grades 6-12) as well as for families.
  • The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s remains open in a remote capacity, offering emergency and empowerment grants and critical services. They’ve teamed with United Way, Allegheny County and local food pantries to fill the need for emergency food deliveries to 青鹏棋牌bound people.
  • On May 7 at 9:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will host 30-minute, and Q&As to help acclimate parents to the fundamentals of Google Classroom — a tool being used by teachers to manage coursework for virtual instruction. Questions can be directed to: Tyler Samstag at
  • child care, tutoring and pet-sitting can find it through COVIDsitters.
  • Pennsylvania Women Work’s New Choices program is offering open to all job seekers. Sessions will cover resume writing, practicing online interviews, job applications, current job opportunities, and stress management.

Something not covered here? Check out this list of  or this . Email us with suggested additions to this list.

The Incline, NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Kidsburgh and PublicSource collaborated to build this resource.