There are many social service agencies in Allegheny County that can help you and your family get the help you’re entitled to:
Consumer Health Coalition – CHC’s helps individuals and families navigate our complex health and human services system. If you know someone who is uninsured and needs help applying for public health programs (such as Medical Assistance or the Children’s Health Insurance Program – CHIP), please have them call the CHC helpline. The phone number is 412-456-1877 and their services are free.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – A non-profit organization that collects and distributes food through a 350+ member network in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The food bank works through food solicitation, fund raising, special events, community partnerships, research, and direct outreach to fight hunger in our community.
Hunger Services (Urban League) – Individuals and families can call the Emergency Food Assistance hotline and get a referral to one of over 300 pantries in the network. In emergency cases, food is provided from an onsite pantry along with food vouchers. During Thanksgiving, special bags are distributed with vouchers to assist families. Call the hotline at 412-325-0749 or 412-681-1121.
National Center for Law & Economic Justice – Advocates for policy changes through litigation and low-income organizing.
Neighborhood Legal Service Association – Provides free legal services to low-income people in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties. Call their helpline toll free at 1-866-761-6572, or visit their website for more information.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project – A legal services organization, a resource for the disabilities community, and legal council to low-income families in need of medical care.
PathWays PA – With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency. PathWays PA conducts research and advocacy campaigns in addition to its client services.
United Way Helpline – The United Way of Southwestern PA has the most extensive database of health and human services programs in the region. You can access this database online, or call their helpline at 1-888-553-5778 or 2-1-1.
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh – As the largest comprehensive social service/civil rights organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh provides services in the areas of education, health advocacy, housing, early childhood and youth development, hunger services, employment and career training and counseling, and economic empowerment.
Official Welfare Links
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) – Known as the PA Dept. of Public Welfare until Dec. 2014. Access the PA DHS’s homepage directly. A helpful way to learn more about PA DHS assistance programs.
COMPASS – PA DHS’s website for applying for or renewing benefits online.
Manuals and Policies – PA DHS’s page to access and search all of the Office of Income Maintenance’s Policies and Manuals.
Pennsylvania DHS CAO Contacts – PA DHS’s contact information for all of its County Assistance Offices in Pennsylvania.
Allegheny County CAO Contacts – Contact information for Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services County Assistance Offices, including directors and managers.