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Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

When facing a hardship, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh supports qualified families in Allegheny County Pennsylvania. The non-profit may have some short term emergency assistance, however a bigger focus is on self-sufficiency.

The crisis type programs are heavily focused on addressing housing issues such as homeless prevention, delinquent rent, and nutritional needs. During this process case managers will help clients find a job and gain sustainable wages in the Allegheny County area.

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is a federal government HUD-certified housing counseling agency offering diverse programs to tenants and homeowners. The Housing Department is funded through federal grants, county funds and city housing resources. The programs aim to stabilize the current housing situation of residents in Pittsburgh and really across Allegheny County. The housing department also runs programs that can help pay rent that are aimed at preventing homelessness, hunger relief, and keeping families together.

The specialists and staff have helped thousands of families through eviction and foster care prevention, housing counseling, rent assistance, hunger relief services, and reunification. If you are in need of any of these free or low cost services, be prepared to apply and provide your hardship.

The League will work in clients for locating affordable, adequate housing as well as other services, including affordable rental referrals, direct financial support for paying rent, intervention to prevent foreclosures, and first time home-buyer services such as budget counseling and credit repair.

Operation Home is a program that helps clients to make informed decisions during the transition from renter to homeowner. Advice is offered one on one. This will emphasize financial literacy, credit restoration, debt reduction, and budgeting for potential first-time homebuyers, particularly in the low to moderate income population. Operation Home is offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), social service agencies, banks, and others.




Emergency rental assistance from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Housing Department is sometimes available. Programs and applications are offered for both families and individuals who are currently homeless and seeking assistance with paying a security deposit or are currently unable to afford their monthly rent.

Food assistance from the Hunger Services units offer three programs to help secure food for your family, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Emergency Food Assistance, WIC, Food for Early Development (FED). These services are provided to individuals or families who reside in Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, Washington or Westmoreland Counties Pennsylvania.

EFA, or Emergency Food Assistance, is for eligible families living in Allegheny County. The EFA is the official neighborhood food pantry referral agent for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The EFA refers eligible family living in Allegheny County to a network of community feeding facilities and food pantries. Any of the emergency pantry is a once-a-year (at most) safety net for the needy, but every family served is given a referral.

Food for Early Development, or FED, if for those parents and families that do not qualify for WIC. Assistance includes free baby formula, wipes, free soft foods, diapers, and even bottles.

Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Urban League. It is paid for by the state’s Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Income Maintenance. The main mission of the federal government SNAP is to provide nutritional and economic benefits. 1-866-395-3663.





Helping clients achieve economic self-reliance is the main goal of the Urban League movement. In order to achieve self-reliance, they work to ensure that everyone has equal access to wages and successful employment. The Urban League can provide access through a wide range of services that were created to address a diverse workforce with varying needs and educational levels. The staff and case managers helps jobseekers find opportunities for security and financial self-sufficiency.

As all too many know, gaining successful employment and a life sustaining wage is not an easy task in today's challenging Pennsylvania job market. There is very limited growth and increased competition for positions. Many clients also face additional barriers to employment, including lack of high school education, homelessness, criminal records, and limited skill sets or experience. The Employment and Training Department is available at (412) 227-5021.

They offer their own Urban League programs as well as access to county and federal programs to help job seekers in finding the ideal opportunities. Specialists will help them overcome the barriers associated with job search. There is also a focus on identifying needs of job seekers to improve their chances of employment, including:

  • Job referral and placement services, such as training.
  • Education and GED preparation.
  • Intake, employment assessment and counseling.
  • Interview coaching, resume development, and access to career fairs.
  • Find a job in the county from free online job searches and career workshops.

There is also a Youth and Teen Focus from The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s. A Department works to increase the number of youth who demonstrate work readiness and understand career options; attend college or have post-secondary plan; and prepare for major transitions. The non-profit's Education and Youth Development Department can be reached at (412)227-4166.

Urban League Family Support in Allegheny County strive to provide clients with the most effective way to ensure the healthy growth and development of infants and small children. They support the families and local communities in which they live. These assistance programs are designed to increase parents’ confidence and competence, increase the strength of families, and to afford children a stable and supportive family environment. There are locations in Duquesne, Northview Heights, and East Hills. The Urban League Family Support Centers offer these resources, such as development screenings, Parenting education; information on Health insurance; Emergency food assistance; Transportation; Prenatal care assistance; and much more.




There are locations across the county. The Urban League sites are at.

East Hills Family Support Center, 2320 East Hills Drive Rear, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, (412) 727-2640.

The Northview Heights Family Support Center at the Arthur J. Edmunds Center, 101 Hazlett St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15214, (412) 323-1020 ext. 210.

Duquesne Family Support Center is located at One Library Place, Duquesne, PA 15110, or (412) 469-9870.

Another Urban League location is at 610 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, 412-227-4802


By Jon McNamara


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