Here are links to resources you may need if you’re stuck at home

Coronavirus scams: How to protect yourself

PITTSBURGH — With so many people in the region now working from home, working remotely and doing online school work, here is a list to some resources you may need.

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Free/Reduced Internet Access

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Here is a list from a variety of internet providers if you need to sign up at a free or reduced cost:

Rumor Control

Allegheny County has started a website that aims to stop the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.

You can visit the website HERE.

Therapy/Counseling Services

  • Samaritan Counseling Guidance, Consulting is offering video and telephone therapy during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit samaritancounseling.net or call 412-741-7430 for more information
  • Steel Valley Wellness Group LLC is offering telehealth to patients. Click here to visit their website or you can call 412-368-3535 for more information.

Pittsburgh-Area Utility Companies

Electric Companies:

Allegheny Power 800-255-3443

Duquesne Light 888-393-7100

Penn Power 800-720-3600

Telephone/Cable:

Armstrong Cable 724-776-4200

AT&T Broadband 412-741-1840

Comcast Cable 800-824-2290

Sprint 800-829-8009

Verizon 800-660-2215

Verizon Fios 855-326-9185

Gas Companies:

Columbia Gas 888-460-4332

Dominion People’s 800-764-0111

Equitable Gas 800-654-6335

Water & Sewer Companies:

Alcosan 412-766-6696

Cranberry Water 724-776-4806

Deer Creek Drainage 724-265-5315

Hampton Water 412-486-4867

MTSA 412-366-8481

Oakmont Water 412-828-3388

Shaler Water Authority 412-486-9700

West View Water 412-931-3292

Wilkinsburg-Penn Water 412-243-6200

Trash & Hauling:

Allied Waste 800-464-2120

BFI 412-429-8009

Vogel Disposal 724-625-1511

Waste Management 800-458-4090

Unemployment Compensation

Workers that are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for UC ​​benefits or WC benefits. The following information is now available on the state’s website​:

You may be eligible if:

  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19
  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19
  • You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19
  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts

Apply:

  • Onl​​ine – it’s the fastest and easiest way to get started

Important info:

  • If you are eligible for UC, you will receive two approval letters and a four-digit PIN
  • Your PIN will arrive in the U.S. mail – keep it in a safe, easy to remember place
  • If approved, your first benefit payment should arrive within four weeks of filing for UC

Law firms

  • HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, a Pittsburgh law firm that represents employees, is offering freea Pittsburgh Coronavirus Response Employee Hotline and Resource Center along with a roundtable (which will be done by telephone) that explains employees’ rights in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania during the coronavirus pandemic. All these services will be offered free of charge. For more information you can visit their website at https://hkm.com/pittsburgh/coronavirus. To access their hotline, employees can call 412-534-3896 or email pittsburghcoronavirus@hkm.com.

Food Services

North Hills Food Bank: 412-366-7477

CHS Food Pantry: 412-246-1688

Inter-Church Food Bank: 412-771-4088

Rosedale Food Pantry: 412-302-2509

Plum Food Pantry: 724-327-0367

Childcare

An online tool to help essential workers find childcare providers with approved waivers has been created by the Department of Human Services.

CLICK HERE to use the tool.

“While many Pennsylvanians are responsibly heeding guidance from the Department of Health to stay home, there are still many thousands of essential workers whose jobs require that they go out into the world and do work that makes it possible for the rest of us to stay safe and healthy. For many of these workers, safe and stable child care is an essential need,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said in a statement.

Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

Much like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, diapers can be hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank is trying to keep up with the need for families it regularly serves, plus many more new families.

“There’s growing need the longer people are out of work. The longer this pandemic goes on, the longer we’re going to see a need,” Cathy Battle, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, said.

Serving 28 partner agencies, the diaper bank is the only one of its kind in western Pennsylvania.

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