Photo courtesy of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

So many in our community are hurting and need help during this coronavirus crisis. But it’s hard to know where to find that help — or even what’s available.

After listing ways you can help others during the pandemic, we decided to compile this Pittsburgh guide to finding help for yourself. This article will be updated.

Food assistance

Housing help

Financial assistance for workers and creatives

Financial assistance for small business owners

  • Low-interest loans are available to small businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
  • Relief loans of up to $50,000 are available through local crowdfunding investor platform Honeycomb Credit.
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is halting all loan payments for URA small business borrowers for the month of April. The URA is also offering Emergency Extended Credit to existing borrowers.
  • Attention everyone else: The URA is also streamlining its Micro-Enterprise Loan Program to offer 0% loans for up to 30 small businesses that are not currently URA borrowers.
  • Financing is available to small Pennsylvania businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak via the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
  • Facebook is awarding $175,000 to help 44 small businesses in Allegheny County affected by COVID-19. Applications are open until May 7.



  • Hello Bully, a nonprofit Pit Bull rescue, has a month’s supply of food (enough for 20 dogs and 20 cats) and is offering no-contact delivery to pet owners in need of help.

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  • To assist small to midsize nonprofits, tHRive is offering HR-related services and information sharing, including weekly webinars covering everything from handling layoffs and paid leaves of absence to navigating the new regulations and benefits. Webinars will be recorded and available for viewing.
  • If you’re an essential worker in need of child care, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has a tool to help you find it.
  • Small, Black Led Organizations (BLOs) can apply for operating support through the POISE Foundation’s Critical Community Needs Fund.
  • Need help accessing essential resources like food, medical supplies, baby supplies, and more? The Community Delivery Hotline of Allegheny County is there to help bridge the transportation gap.
  • To minimize the impact of the “COVID slide,” which experts predict may result in up to a year of learning loss for students, Carnegie Learning has created free at-home learning resources, lessons and videos that are available for the rest of the school year for teachers and students (grades 6-12) as well as for families.
  • The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s Resource Center remains open in a remote capacity, offering emergency and empowerment grants and critical services. They’ve teamed with United Way, Allegheny County and local food pantries to fill the need for emergency food deliveries to homebound people.
  • On May 7 at 9:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will host 30-minute, virtual workshops and Q&As to help acclimate parents to the fundamentals of Google Classroom — a tool being used by teachers to manage coursework for virtual instruction. Questions can be directed to: Tyler Samstag at
  • Local health care workers needing child care, tutoring and pet-sitting can find it through COVIDsitters.
  • Pennsylvania Women Work’s New Choices program is offering free virtual skill-building classes open to all job seekers. Sessions will cover resume writing, practicing online interviews, job applications, current job opportunities, and stress management.
  • Benefits Data Trust has created a free hotline (844-876-5996) to help residents of Armstrong, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland and Washington counties receive one-on-one support and submit applications for eight public benefits, such as SNAP, PACE and Medicaid.
  • Parents can find coping mechanisms and community through The Ellis School’s free virtual webinar series, Pandemic Parenting: Navigating Your New Normal, which features three free mini-sessions with a focus on belonging, mindfulness and remote learning.

Something not covered here? Check out this list of COVID-19 resources for Pittsburghers or this Pittsburgh Mutual Aid Resources Library. Email us with suggested additions to this list.

The Incline, NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Kidsburgh and PublicSource collaborated to build this resource.

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