Here are links to resources you may need during the COVID-19 pandemic

Task force in Allegheny Co. to help get COVID-19 resources to most vulnerable communities

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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Mental Health Resources

If you, someone in your family or someone you know is affected by mental illness, there are many supports, services, and treatment options available. Here’s a list of just some in our area:

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.

Emotional & Spiritual Care

The Salvation Army is offering a hotline for anyone needing emotional or spiritual care. It’s staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is available for anyone across the country.

Salvation Army officers and employees will be available to talk to anyone needing help, advice or prayer. The number is 844-458-4673.

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Free testing at Allegheny County health clinics

COVID-19 testing is available at federally qualified health centers in Allegheny County and through Pittsburgh Mercy.

The tests will be offered at no charge, and patients do not need a doctor’s referral.

To schedule an appointment, click here or call the clinic nearest you.

Participating health clinics include:

  • Alma Illery Medical Center (Homewood) 7227 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh 15208 -- 412-244-4700
  • Braddock Family Health Center 404 Braddock Avenue, Braddock 15104 -- 412-351-6300
  • East End Family Health Center 117 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh 15206 -- 412-404-4000
  • East Liberty Family Health Care Center 6023 Harvard Street, Pittsburgh 15206 -- 412-661-2802
  • Hazelwood Family Health Center 4918 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh 15207 -- 412-422-9520
  • Hill House Health Center 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219 -- 412-392-4400
  • McKeesport Family Health Center 627 Lysle Boulevard, McKeesport 15132 -- 412-664-4112
  • Metro Community Health Center 1789 South Braddock Avenue, Suite 410 Swissvale 15218 -- 412-247-2310
  • North Side Christian Health Center 816 Middle Street, Pittsburgh 15201 -- 412-321-4001
  • Northview Heights Clinic 525 Mt. Pleasant Road, Pittsburgh 15212 -- 412-322-7500
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center (South Side) 249 South 9th Street, Pittsburgh 15203 -- 412-697-3260
  • Squirrel Hill Health Center 4516 Browns Hill Road, Pittsburgh 15217 -- 412-422-7442
  • Steel Valley Family Health Center 1800 West Street, Homestead 15120 -- 412-461-3863
  • Sto-Rox Family Health Center 710 Thompson Avenue, McKees Rocks 15136 -- 412-771-6462
  • West End Health Center 415 Neptune Street, Pittsburgh 15220 -- 412-921.7200
  • Wilkinsburg Health Center 807 Wallace Street, Suite 203 Pittsburgh 15221 -- 412-247-5216


Free/Reduced Internet Access

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

Food Services

Personal protective equipment donations

There's now a website that allows you to notify the state if you have any medical supplies available for donation.

State officials say the supplies needed the most are masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, gloves and gowns.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Highmark, AHN and Gateway Health launch online tool

An online social care network called Aunt Bertha is now available to connect people to resources they may need during the pandemic.

The resources are for needs like food, housing and transportation and any Highmark, Allegheny Health Network and Gateway Health members.

“At this critical time, we understood the importance of fast-tracking our implementation of the Aunt Bertha tool,” said Dan Onorato, executive vice president, Highmark Health. “Connecting those in need of food, housing and other resources to social service agencies that can address those needs is a priority for Highmark.”

You can learn more about the program HERE.

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.

Pennsylvania Public Assistance Programs

Public assistance programs remain available to Pennsylvanian families throughout the COVID-19 public-health emergency.

Health Care

Pennsylvanians who have lost health coverage or are currently uninsured and need coverage for themselves or their children may qualify for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Food Security

SNAP helps people expand purchasing power by providing money each month to spend on groceries, helping households have resources to purchase enough food to avoid going hungry.

Other Temporary Programs in Response to COVID-19

DHS also established the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LIHEAP provides assistance for home energy bills for both low-income renters and homeowners, helping ensure continuity of utility and other energy services. The LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program.

Pittsburgh-Area Utility Companies

Electric Companies:

Telephone/Cable:

Gas Companies:

Water & Sewer Companies:

Trash & Hauling:

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.

Survey looking to help W. Pa. families during COVID-19 pandemic

A survey is asking families for their input to help improve COVID-19 response efforts.

The Family Strengths Survey was started because community groups wanted to get a sense of what the unmet needs are in western Pennsylvania.

After the first week of the online survey, respondents said they need help with financial, mental and emotional stress.

“Families are reporting both, in part, that they haven't been able to support their kids in those areas but, even more, they themselves need more,” Dr. Kristin Ray, a pediatrician at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said.

Ray said families also need more help with food, childcare, education, mental health and unemployment.

CLICK HERE for the survey, which can be taken weekly online or over the phone.

Survey looking to help W. Pa. families during COVID-19 pandemic

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.
  • Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services is offering tele-therapy to people during the COVID-19 outbreak. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HERE or call the Crisis Hotline at 724-437-1003 for more details.
  • Support and Referral Helpline is a statewide resource for people struggling with anxiety. Call toll-free 855-284-2494 or for TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

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

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.

Who is hiring?

Pennsylvania has launched a COVID-19 job hiring portal for people looking for work. People seeking employment can visit www.PAcareerlink.pa.gov and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings. Selecting the “Apply Now” button for a listed position will redirect individuals to the employer’s website or email where they can apply directly with the employer and speed up the hiring process.