Rental assistance is available for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents. A number of agencies, churches, non-profits, and government programs focus on providing low income housing and rent help to qualified seniors, the disabled and low income and struggling families in the region.
Information is provided below on who to call and where to apply in Pittsburgh for rental assistance. Many of the agencies and programs listed have limited funding, and they will have their own separate application process, but call and ask for help. Even if the agency can’t provide you or your family with emergency or ongoing rental assistance, they can usually refer you to another service that can help. Other resources may include the federal government or state of Pennsylvania rent assistance programs and resources.
Pittsburgh Presbyterian Lazarus (412-323-1400) can offer at most $250 in one time assistance to help with rental evictions, pay utility bills, and even such expenses as medical bills.
Careline from Catholic Charities is an option for emergency assistance. The main office is at 212 9th Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Call 412-456-6999. Some of the financial assistance offered can help during a short term hardship or emergency, and can, in limited circumstances, be used for housing and/or rent.
Allegheny Churches have formed a partnership known as the Allegheny Valley Association. The main office is in Natrona Heights. Dial 724-226-0606. Residents of East Deer, Brackenridge, Tarentum, , Fawn, Frazier, Harrison, Lower Burrell, Verona, New Kensington, or Arnold can apply for help. A wide variety of bills and expenses can be paid for, including rent, security deposits, food, and more.
Allegheny County Bureau of Hunger and Housing Services (phone (412) 350-4354) runs a homeless assistance program and also provides rental assistance for Allegheny county low income residents.
If you are on the verge of being evicted and therefore homeless, then the North Hills Community Outreach may be an option for you. The non-profit can provide emergency financial assistance for families or individuals who have received an eviction notice, and the goal is to prevent homelessness. Call the Allston Park agency at 412-487-6316.
Allegheny and Pittsburgh Salvation Army is a great resource for information, and also possible limited amounts of financial aid. Call them at 412-394-4850 for emergency assistance. There are several other Salvation Army Centers that may offer financial aid for paying rent and housing costs, such as energy bills. Locations include Brackenridge (call 724-244-6310), Braddock (412-271-2407), and Carnegie (dial 412-276-4757).
St. Vincent De Paul Society also partners with local churches and religious organizations. Dial 412-321-1071 to be put into touch with local charities, volunteers, or churches who may be able to provide help for housing needs, rent, and/or low income housing. Some local agencies may offer loans for paying rental payments or manage shelters in the region.
ACTION-Housing is a leading non-profit housing agency in Allegheny County. It does not offer monetary rental assistance, however the agency does have a program called Homeless Families Program (412 824-2444). This helps homeless individuals and families identify what their various options are, including giving information about local shelters. Also, ACTION-Housing’s subsidiary, Supportive Housing Management Services (412-829-3910) manages a number of apartment buildings with subsidized housing units, including at least one property with limited shelter beds.
Urban League of Pittsburgh administers a number of resources including a rental assistance program. The non-profit provides qualified individuals with security deposits, rent payments, utility and heating bill payments and general housing assistance. Call (412) 727-2640, or stop by 2320 Hill Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15235.
Allegheny County Housing Authority administers the section 8 housing program for the very low income, seniors, and poor in the region. This is federally funded and the program provides rent subsidies and vouchers for living in private single houses or apartments. The agency also has information on other housing resources. They offer advice, counseling, information on emergency housing, and run the state of Pennsylvania Section 8 housing voucher program for Pittsburgh. Call the center at 412-355-8940.
Union Aid Society provides assistance in the Sewickley and Quaker Valley School District only. They manage affordable apartments for the elderly, offer grants as a form of emergency rental assistance, and provide low income housing solutions. 412-741-9240.
Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA and Alleghenyadministers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Veterans and their families can receive government grants to pay rent and information on permanent housing placement. Other programs include funds for security deposits for the homeless, transportation, shelter, and more. Call the Pittsburgh agency at 412-481-8200.
Emergency Shelter Allowance is run by the Welfare Department. This includes eviction prevention and funds for rent to those with a pay or quite notice. Short term housing or apartments, as well as no interest loans may also be issued for housing or rental expenses. Call 412-565-2146 or 412-565-2232 in the southern part of the county.
Additional homeless prevention may be provided from ESA. The government both helps with rent and housing placement, which includes the possibility of free motel vouchers or money for a security deposit. Tenants facing eviction also may qualify for legal aid, in additional to the one time rental assistance. More on Allegheny County eviction help.
Pittsburgh Northside Worship and Service Center offers referrals, case management and more. The charity may have some limited rent eviction assistance for qualified low income families or seniors. Telephone - 412-321-0290.
Allegheny Neighborhood Legal Services Association coordinates free legal aid for qualified low income families. They can offer help to prevent evictions, resolve landlord disputes, and ensure fair housing laws are followed. Get help in dealing with disputes over rent and landlord mediation too. Call 412-255-6700 or try the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation at 412-402-6677 for referrals.