Did you know if you need resources that you could dial 211 for free and receive addresses and telephone numbers to shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, and more? All you have to do is provide your zip code!
Project Destiny is a place where Inner–City youth are empowered to become leaders in their community as they develop character, vision, and knowledge of the world outside their surroundings. Project Destiny partners with youth organizations like the Outta your backpack media and other Native American Indian groups who are dealing with many of the same issues that we are facing within our community. Our strong link to the care of animals and the conservation of wildlife is a powerful opportunity to address some of the needs in our environment.
Project Destiny, Inc. of Pittsburgh
2200 California Ave ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15212-2868
tel: (412) 231-1258 ~ fax: (412) 586-4589
Parent-Teen Conflict Program
Every year, hundreds of parents who are struggling with their children conclude that jail or the child welfare system are their only alternatives. Very often, the case workers at the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) intervene, and refer those parents to our Parent-Teen Conflict Program.
We created this program to help families in Allegheny County keep teens and preteens out of the child welfare system. It is free, voluntary, and short-term; clients are enrolled for an average of 67 days. Participation typically lasts 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the family’s needs. Trained specialists are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The program has three intensive components: First, crisis intervention, assessment, and conflict mediation for parents. Second, counseling and outpatient therapy for family members. And third, continuing education and support groups for parents. Our family specialists also work with children to help them break cycles of family conflict.
To reach a clinical administrator in the Parent-Teen Conflict Program, call:
Parent-Teen Conflict Program
412 363 1702
How ChildLine Protects Children
The Mission of ChildLine is to accept calls from the public and professional sources 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Cultural sensitivity and courteous demeanor will be displayed at all times to all callers. ChildLine will provide information, counseling, and referral services for families and children to ensure the safety and well being of the children of Pennsylvania. It can be confidential. Save a child’s life and report.
Reporting Child Abuse, Call 800-932-0313 (TDD: 866-872-1677)
TRAVELERS AID OF PITTSBURGH is a non-profit, United Way agency providing social service programs to people in need of public transportation. The only organization of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, Travelers Aid provides public transportation options for individuals stranded in Pittsburgh or in need of local transit when they can’t afford it.
The extensive network of programs designed by Travelers Aid is in response to the needs of travelers from all walks of life. Through their work with Human Services Providers, Travelers Aid assists with travel for over 1.5 million trips per year. This model is currently being employed in over 90 locations in Allegheny County with an enrollment of over 35,000 low-income individuals and families.
(Other than cash assistance through the welfare office)
ALLEGHENY VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
1913 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Services: This program provides short-term emergency assistance to families and individuals. Helps with rent and utility payment assistance, emergency food, clothing and shoe vouchers, gasoline vouchers, bus passes, prescriptions and referrals.
Eligibility: Must live in the Allegheny Valley area (Brackenridge, Tarentum, East Deer, Fawn, Frazier, Harrison, Verona, New Kensington, Arnold, or Lower Burrell) and demonstrate financial need.
Catholic Charities / CARELINE
212 9th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Services: Offers families temporary tangible assistance during emergencies and disasters. Funds are issued for emergency financial needs and may not be used for rent or a security deposit.
NORTHERN AREA MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
209 Thirteenth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
412-781-1175 ext 2243
Services: Provides a one-time grant to help with winter fuel bills.
Eligibility: Consumers must live in North Central Allegheny County (McCandless, Glenshaw, Sharpsburg, Etna, Millvale, O’Hara).
NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Services: Provides energy assistance to families who have received a utility shut off notice. Assists families with rent payments to prevent homelessness, car repairs to prevent unemployment, prescription drug costs, home repairs, and more.
Eligibility: To qualify the individual or family must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. Consumers must live in the following school districts: Hampton, North Hills, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Northgate, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, and Avonworth.
PITTSBURGH PRESBYTERIAN LAZARUS
901 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Services: Provides financial assistance with mortgage foreclosures, rental evictions, utility bills, medical expenses. Amount of assistance will not exceed $250.
424 Third Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
1-800-454-1156 (toll free)
Services: Offers emergency food and utility assistance to needy families and individuals.
VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Services: May provide financial help for a variety of reasons (i.e. utilities, rent, etc.). The main number provides callers with the name of the church or volunteer group in the community to call for help.
GREATER PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK
1 North Linden
Duquesne, PA 15110
Services: Provides food to low income families and advocates for programs to stop hunger.
16 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Services: This organization provides advocacy, education, organizing and empowerment services. They have a very useful website to help navigate people through the welfare system. They offer a free brochure to consumers to help them with the welfare system.
WELFARE JUSTICE PROJECT
Services: Provides legal representation and advocacy for clients with regard to public benefits.
If you apply for food stamps, you may be eligible for emergency food stamps. For help with food stamps, call Hunger Action at 1-800-634-2033.
To find out where you can locate charitable food programs in your area contact the PA Hunger Action Center at 1-800-FOOD-997.
REMEMBER THAT THE PUBLIC BENEFITS SYSTEM IS COMPLICATED. FEEL FREE TO ASK YOUR WELFARE CASEWORKER FOR HELP. EACH CASEWORKER HAS A SUPERVISOR YOU CAN SPEAK WITH IF YOU CANNOT GET THE HELP YOU NEED FROM THE CASEWORKER. SAVE ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTATION.
Is a wonderful program within an organization called World-Class Industrial Network. They give an interview, two hour testing, and a career help. This process is to prepare a participant for union positions were advancement is available. The job training you need, they will help you get and if you have any blemishes on your record… that’s okay. The staff is encouraging and positive. The unions are from Building and Construction, Utilities (including Clean Energy), Building Services, and Hospitality. Call and make an appointment.
33 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
In the interest of providing quality service and addressing concerns and resolving issues that hinder effective service delivery, the Director’s Action Line was implemented in the fall of 1996 to provide a personal response to individuals who had questions, concerns or complaints about any child welfare service or DHS-contracted provider of child welfare services. In 1998, the DAL expanded to respond to callers interested in any service authorized by DHS.
The Director’s Action Line, 1-800-862-6783, is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The DAL may also be contacted via email at DAL@alleghenycounty.us .
NOTE: This email address should NOT be used to convey allegations of abuse or neglect. Please refer to these pages for more information: Child abuse or abuse of older adults. Emergency numbers are listed on the Contact DHS page.
Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at
The Human Services Building
One Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2221
Individuals may register concerns and complaints or request information about any aspect of DHS. DAL specialists research and respond to their needs. Professional, friendly staff assist and explain procedures for getting help. They answer questions, investigate concerns regarding DHS, and report back the results. Calls to the Director’s Action Line are also used to generate data for statistical analysis to help evaluate policies and procedures.
In order to help us, make suggestions and ask questions. We are looking to research for you and find the resources that you need.
Since 2000, the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF) has provided children and youth receiving services through Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas with life-enriching items and opportunities otherwise unavailable through traditional government funding.
Who is eligible to benefit from the ACMFF?
Children receiving services through DHS, a DHS-contracted provider, or Allegheny County Juvenile Probation are eligible to benefit from the ACMFF.
Types of requests that have been approved by the ACMFF
A sampling of approved requests includes, but is not limited to: dance lessons, computers (refurbished) and age-appropriate software, graduation expenses, college tours, summer camp tuition, registration fees for recreational activities and memberships to cultural attractions.
Reduced-fee admissions to Carnegie Museums available through their $1 Access program.