There are many local, state and national resources for social services available to community members. Below is a list of resources to help those in need of food, shelter, healthcare, financial assistance, COVID-19 related assistance, and more.

Resources

United Way of Southwestern PA 2-1-1 – Every day, highly trained 2‑1‑1 call specialists provide referrals to:

  • Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, shelters, rent and utility payment assistance
  • Physical and Mental Health Resources: crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling
  • Employment Support: financial assistance, job training, education programs
  • Support for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities: home-delivered meals, transportation, health care
  • Youth and Child Care Programs: after school programs, summer camps, mentoring, protection services
  • Regional Disaster Preparation

Food

Sewickley Community Center Food Pantry – a food pantry serving Sewickley and the surrounding communities

Free Food & Resource Distribution Sites in Southwestern PA – interactive map to locate food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals, formula, etc.

Big Burgh – resources for housing, food, diapers, essentials

Food Resources for Pennsylvanians – list of resources available for PA residents

Pennsylvania Women Infant Children (WIC) – providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods to pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infant and young children

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -helps Pennsylvanians buy food. People in eligible low-income households can obtain more nutritious diets with SNAP increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – program established to ensure kids continue to have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session

Shelter

Allegheny Homeless Shelter Directory – a list of homeless shelters and services for the needy that provide help to those in need for Allegheny County, PA

Big Burgh – resources for housing, food, diapers, essentials

Women’s Center & Shelter – Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is more than an emergency shelter for adults experiencing domestic violence and their children. It is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence from physical to emotional through Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline, Support Groups, and more

Families/Children

Big Burgh – resources for housing, food, diapers, essentials

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Pennsylvania’s program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance

Crisis Text Line for Kids/Young Adults – Live, trained counselors are on hand when kids text HOME to 741741.

Pennsylvania Women Infant Children (WIC) – providing nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods to pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infant and young children

Women’s Center & Shelter – Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is more than an emergency shelter for adults experiencing domestic violence and their children. It is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence from physical to emotional through Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline, Support Groups, and more

Healthcare/Mental Care

Crisis Text LineText Hello to 741741 – Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment – chat about coronavirus, anxiety, school, emotional abuse, depression, suicide, etc.

Crisis Text Line for Kids/Young Adults – Live, trained counselors are on hand when kids text HOME to 741741.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Pennsylvania’s program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance/Medicaid – Medical Assistance (MA), also known as Medicaid, pays for health care services for eligible individuals.

Mental Health America – resources for mental health help.

Mental Health and Recovery Resources – a list of mental health resources including: substance abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, crisis support, and family support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 – Text/chat services available 24/7 across the US

Open Path Collective – Nonprofit that provides more affordable therapy to those who need it

PA Health Insurance Options – resources for those without health insurance

PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape) – PAAR is dedicated to assisting victims of sexual abuse and ending sexual violence in our community. Their experienced, trained counselors and advocates provide services that are completely confidential, and just a phone call away

POWER (PA Organization for Women in Early Recovery) Treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders as well as recovery support services are available and can be safely provided

Psychology Today – Resource for finding a therapist

Resolve Crisis Center (UPMC) – Crisis intervention and hospital diversion service. Anyone who resides in Allegheny County can access these services, regardless of ability to pay or type of crisis.

The Trevor Project – This website for LGBTQ+ youth offers text, chat, and phone help.

United Way 2-1-1Call 211 – PA 2‑1‑1 Southwest is part of the national 2‑1‑1 Call Centers initiative that seeks to provide an easy-to-remember telephone number, chat, text, and a web resource for finding health and human services– for everyday needs and in crisis situations.

Women’s Center & Shelter – Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is more than an emergency shelter for adults experiencing domestic violence and their children. It is a safe harbor that provides specialized care and support for survivors who have experienced all types of intimate partner violence from physical to emotional through Emergency Shelter, Legal Advocacy, a 24-Hour Hotline, Support Groups, and more

Mental Health Apps

Find these helpful mental care apps in your device’s app store:

Breathe2Relax – portable stress management tool that teaches diaphragmatic breathing
Calm – provides people experiencing stress and anxiety with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music
COVID Coach – Developed by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, COVID Coach is designed to help you build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis.
Happify – psychologist-approved mood-training program
Headspace – learn the skills of mindfulness and meditation by using this app for a few minutes per day
Lifesum – broad resource for all things healthy living
Pacifica – online tools to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression
PTSD Coach – Created by VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder offers everything from a self-assessment for PTSD, to opportunities to find support, positive self-talk, and anger management.
MindShift – “One of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety.”
Mood Kit – Provides users with over 200 different mood improvement activities. Developed by two clinical psychologists, MoodKit helps you learn how to change how you think, develop self-awareness and healthy attitudes.
Mood Tools – Supports people with clinical depression by aiding the path to recovery
Quit That! Habit Tracker – Helps users beat their habits or addictions
SAM – Self-Help for Anxiety Management – might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but meditation isn’t your thing
Smiling Mind – daily meditation and mindfulness exercises – unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life
TalkSpace – online therapy
Ten Percent Happier – 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety and stress to parenting and sleep
Twenty-Four Hours a Day – offers 366 meditations from the book, making it easier for people in recovery from addiction to focus on sobriety wherever they are.
What’s Up – helps cope with depression, anxiety, stress and more

Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Mortgage and Rent Relief – assistance for renters and homeowners relief due to COVID-19

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program (COVID-19) – In response to the coronavirus (COVID- 19) health emergency, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for its Recovery Crisis Program through August 31, 2020.

PA Unemployment Benefits – file for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania

PA CareerLink – job search and career training resource for Pennsylvanians

Property tax and rent rebates – rebate program for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – resource to help low-income families become independent while they receive cash assistance benefits.

Other Financial Resources due to COVID-19 – financial resources for COVID-19 related issues including: vehicle loans, student loans, credit card payments, short term and emergency loans, and insurance-related issues