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Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which state Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month.
Eligibility requirements for the program include:
• having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19;
• being at risk of experiencing homelessness; and
• having a total income below 80 percent of the area median income for Allegheny County.
For a single person living alone, the income limit is $46,500, up to $66,400 for a family of four or $87,650 for a family of eight people.
“Even as vaccines become more available and we start looking to return to ‘normal,’ many of our families and neighbors are still struggling with basic needs. This program is a lifeline for many folks in the Mon Valley who continue to face hardships,” said state Rep. Austin Davis of McKeesport. “If you or someone you know is having trouble affording rent and utilities, please apply or share this program with them.”
Drop-in centers with internet access and computers will also be available across the county for folks who need application assistance. Two of those centers will be located in the Mon Valley at The Wander Building, 337 Fifth Ave., McKeesport, and at Greater Valley Community Services, 300 Holland Ave., Braddock.
To apply over the phone, call ACTION-Housing at (412) 248-0021.
Originally published March 15, 2021.