Pittsburgh assistance programs.

The services offered below are specific to Pittsburgh, however numerous other programs exist for both the city and Allegheny County. Click here to find additional Allegheny County assistance programs.

Free health care

If you do not have health or dental insurance then now you have a place to go for free health care in the Pittsburgh area.

The Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center is operating with the mission of providing free, high quality health care to those who can’t pay for adequate health insurance or in they have a need for medical services. They help everyone, regardless of religion, race, or gender. They help only qualified people. The following health care services are available include:

Medical - Primary Care Visits, Health Screenings, Chronic Disease Management, Medical Therapy and Management, and Health Promotion & Education.

Specialty Care - Dermatology, Gynecology, Physical Therapy, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, and Rheumatology.

Dental Care - Cleanings, Fillings, Exams and Xrays, Restorative Care, Extractions and Periodontal Treatment.

Contact the facility at 412-456-6911.

Click here to learn more about free health care in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh energy bill help

Most utility companies that serve the city of Pittsburgh offer assistance programs. Below you will find the phone numbers to call for aid.





  • Dominion Peoples (800-537-7431)
  • Duquense Light (888-393-7600)
  • Columbia Gas (800)-537-7431

Northern Area Multi-Service Center offers heating bill and fuel assistance. The agency can offer a one time grant to help pay winter heating and oil bills. Call 412-781-1175 ext 2243

The City of Pittsburgh Catholic Charities has emergency funds to help people deal with an unexpected crisis. That may be a natural disaster, job loss, unexpected medical emergency, or some other form of crisis. Call the agency, based at 212 9th Street, at 412-456-6999.

Food aid

The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank provides free food to low income, the unemployed, and also the underemployed. They accept walk in visits, and you can stop by anytime to apply and gain access to groceries and food. Dial 412-460-3663 for more information.

Housing help

The Urban League runs several housing programs. Qualified individuals can receive rent help, and information on foreclosure prevention services. Call the agency at 412-227-4802.

Find information and a listing of additional Pittsburgh rent assistance programs. About a dozen agencies, non-profits, and other organizations specialize in dealing with low income housing, rental assistance, and eviction prevention in the Pittsburgh PA area.



By Jon McNamara

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