Pittsburgh, Allegheny County offering help for mortgage, rent, legal assistance payments

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County offering help for mortgage, rent, legal assistance payments

PITTSBURGH — People living in Pittsburgh and greater Allegheny County can apply for assistance for things like mortgage payments, monthly rent and legal help.

Allegheny County has the CARES Rent Relief Program (C-RRP) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has the Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) hosted by the Housing Opportunity Fund. Allegheny County is projected to receive an allocation of $22.5 million based upon a population-weighted formula, eligible application volume, and expenditures. The state funding provides up renters with up to $750 a month per household for a maximum of six months of assistance or $4,500. The county is also providing additional funding to supplement the program, providing an additional $750 a month in rent for a maximum of six months, and $200 a month for a maximum of six months for renters’ electric, gas, internet, late fees, and court costs.

Mayor William Peduto this spring directed funding to the Commission on Human Relations to offer rental mediation services to those impacted by COVID-19. The City’s Financial Empowerment Centers have also been helping residents with free financial management consulting during the pandemic.

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This chart from the city and county has more details of these programs.

Pittsburgh & Allegheny County Rent Assistance Programs
Pittsburgh & Allegheny County Rent Assistance Programs (City of Pittsburgh)