District 8 COVID-19 Updates
This page will serve as a resource to update the community on COVID-19 resources available on the national, state, and local levels and will be updated regularly.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your primary care provider. If you do not have one, call the PA Department of Health hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (724-3258).
Please refer to this map of testing locations in the area, should you require COVID-19 Testing.
Finding Free COVID-19 Testing in Pittsburgh:
Free COVID-19 testing is available by appointment, with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD).
- Complaints regarding establishments that are violating the Health Department order may be sent to the department after 5 PM on June 30 through the webform, email (COVIDcomplaints@alleghenycounty.us), or by calling the Information Center at 412-350-INFO (412-350-4636).
Guidelines for Reopening:
As of May 29, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Allegheny County would move into the green phase on Friday, June 5. On June 28 as a response to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases the Allegheny County Health Department announced the closure of bars serving alcohol on site. These changes along with PA's reopening guidelines and other important resources are highlighted below:
- Governor Tom Wolf's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.
- Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public (As of September 28, 2020).
- Specific Reopening Guidelines for Businesses.
- Urban Redevelopment Authority Tools for Transition.
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance: ReadyPittsburgh - Email email@example.com for more information.
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance has provided information to help with Pittsburgh's Reopening through its ReadyPittsburgh website. ReadyPittsburgh contains information on Preparing for Return, Readying Your Workplace, and Helping Your Workforce.
Finding a Protective Mask in Pittsburgh:
If you need protective masks to safely conduct yourself in public, here are some options in the Pittsburgh area.
Ways to Help!
If you’re like us on the District 8 team, you might be feeling the need to do more to help out your neighbors, community members, and first responders. Our office has compiled a list of ways (with the help of the list provided by the United Way) to help and give back during this unprecedented time. Please let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed and we can add it! As always, never hesitate to contact our office at 412-255-2133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How Can You Support Both Local Business & Neighbors in Need? 412 Food Rescue is a non-profit organization that helps provide food to those that are facing food insecurity. Through volunteers, donations, and partnerships with local businesses, 412 Food Rescue works to reduce food waste and help feed our neighbors in need. Please consider donating or volunteering today!
- How Can You Support Local Business? District 8 is Open for Business! - email@example.com, (412) 255-2113.
A list of businesses and restaurants that are open for In-Store Pick-Up, Curbside Pick-Up, or Delivery. If you find that there is a business missing from this list please email our office with all relevant details.
- How Can You Continue to Support Local Business? Buy a gift card to show your support!
The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) has created a list of businesses that are selling gift cards. Please consider purchasing a gift card and supporting local businesses!
- How Can You Show Loyalty to your Favorite Businesses? Honeycomb Credit has launched a new Loyalty Bond Program that allows you to buy gift cards that will give you more bang for your buck than a traditional gift card while also ensuring that you frequent the restaurant of your choice for at least 2 years providing valued support to our businesses.
- How Can You Help? A list of different ways to provide helpful services to our neighbors in need
- How Can You Give Back? Give Big Pittsburgh COVID-19 Response Campaign
Pittsburgh Magazine will be launching its Give Big Pittsburgh campaign to support local non-profits that enrich our communities. More information available here.
- PA Housing Finance Agency: *NEW* The CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP) - (855) 827-3466
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) will be working to provide financial assistance to struggling renters and homeowners. These funds have been allocated through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania, and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA The portion for mortgage assistance is $25 million.
- PA Housing Finance Agency: *NEW* The CARES Rent Relief Program (RRP) - (855) 827-3466
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) will be working to provide financial assistance to struggling renters and homeowners. These funds have been allocated through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania, and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million.
- Unemployment Compensation Benefits: You may be eligible for unemployment if your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business, cuts your work hours, tells you not to work due to risk of COVID-19, or if you have been quarantined/self-isolated. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/File%20an%20Initial%20Claim.aspx
- URA's COVID-19 Housing Stabilization Fund: Households at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) who have been affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for rental, utility and mortgage payment assistance. Click Here for More Info
- Pittsburgh's Financial Empowerment Center is offering free financial counseling remotely. Call 1-800-298-0237 or use this form to schedule an appointment.
Small Business Resources:
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program: *NEW* SPC COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program - (412) 391-5590
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission's (SPC) COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program is a 0% interest rate loan for Small Businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. This loan program is limited, if you are interested please contact Steve Meredith, SPC's Business Finance Manager at email@example.com.
For more information - https://www.spcregion.org/programs-services/business-assistance/?fbclid=IwAR1HgONIj0_V7mjwqQZHFSEUWIjhqBxJ1aWbRKfKLsfFQOircdh_OJmgHqI
- URA's Commercial Rent Relief Matching Program: *NEW* Urban Redevelopment Authority: Commercial Rent Relief Matching Program - (412) 255-6600
The Urban Redevelopment Authority created a Grant program to assist brick and mortar small business owners with up to $1,200 towards rental payments. This grant will be dispersed over the course of 3 months ($400/per month) or 6 months ($200/per month). The URA will pay for 50% of the reduction in rent with a minimum of $100 per month. For more information - https://www.ura.org/pages/commercial-rent-relief-matching-program
- PA Dept. Of Community and Economic Development: COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance - (855) 827-3466
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has been allocated $225 million of the $2.6 billion received by Pennsylvania through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March. The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows. All businesses must apply through an eligible Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). These grants must be used to cover: Operating Expenses, Technical Assistance, Training and Guidance, Debt Payment Relief for CDFI Pennsylvania borrowers, and Loan Loss Reserves for CDFIs.
- U.S. Small Business Administration: *Re-opened* Paycheck Protection Program - (800) 659-2955
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
- Neighborhood Allies: *Re-Opened* Paycheck Protection Program Loans - (833) 572-0502
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Neighborhood Allies is available to help small businesses and nonprofits apply for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program provisions of the CARES Act. Entities and organizations are eligible for funding for up to 2½ months of payroll if they keep or bring back their employees during the loan period. However the program is first-come, first-served, and the money may run out quickly.
URA's Recovery Loan Program: Urban Redevelopment Authority: Recovery Loan Program - (412) 255-6600
The Urban Redevelopment Authority created an emergency loan fund to provide small businesses with up to $75,000 in funds at 0% interest for the first year. This loan may be used for any expenses involved in the reopening of a business. If an owner has previously received federal small business funding, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, or Economic Injury Disaster Loan, this loan *CANNOT* be used for the same expenses. The business must: have been established prior to COVID-19, conducted business in the City of Pittsburgh 2 months prior to applying and have been in operation 6 months before March 1, 2020, and have fewer than 30 employees to apply.
- Honeycomb: Honeycomb Loyalty Bond Program
Honeycomb is offering a way for businesses to smooth out cash flow without taking on a loan. A Honeycomb loyalty bond allows businesses to sell gift cards at a discounted rate right now and provides customers an incentive to continue visiting the business over the next couple of years.
- Hebrew Free Loan Association: Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program – (412) 422-8868
The HFLA Bridge Loan can offer up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny County affected by Coronavirus. This loan can be used by small business owners and residents.
- Yelp: Relief for restaurants and bars impacted by the Coronavirus - (877) 767-9357
Yelp has made up to $25 million available in relief funding for small, independently owned restaurants and nightlife businesses with fewer than 5 locations.
- Bridgeway Capital: Loans for COVID-19 Response Fund - (412) 201-2450
Bridgeway Capital has provided a flexible loan to help businesses in hard-hit industries such as food, accommodation, recreation, retail, manufacturing, construction, contracting, transportation, and childcare.
- URA's COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loan Fund (ELF): Urban Redevelopment Authority: COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Loan Program - (412) 255-6600
The Urban Redevelopment Authority has created an emergency loan fund to provide small businesses with up to $15,000 in additional funds. This 0% interest loan may be used for rent, payroll, and other approved fixed monthly business expenses. *Must be an established business to apply.
- U.S. Small Business Administration: *Re-opened* Coronavirus Relief Options - (800) 659-2955
The SBA has provided options for COVID-19 Relief for small businesses.
- Facebook: Small Business Grants Program
Facebook has started a grant with $100 million in funds for small businesses with 2-50 employees that have been in operation for at least a year.
- Bridgeway Capital: Webinar Series on Marketing & E-Commerce - (412) 201-2450
Bridgeway Capital has provided a series of webinars to address marketing, business strategy, e-commerce, and other useful topics for businesses at this time.
- The Urban Redevelopment Authority: Small Business Cash Flow Concerns – COVID-19 - (412) 255-6600
The URA has created a flow chart that provides business owners with a quick way to determine what documents will be needed for applying, and which loan type/program fits their needs.
- Honeycomb: Honeycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Relief Loan
Honeycomb is offering loans of up to $50,000 to small business owners. It is possible to receive more than $50,000 in funds upon evaluation. Due to COVID-19's market impact, Honeycomb is offering fee reductions and varying repayment plans to support business owners such as a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period.
- PA Dept. Of Community and Economic Development: Various Business Resources - (866) 466-3972
- Kiva: Kiva U.S. Loan Program - (888) 479-5482 [Voicemail Only], Use https://www.kiva.org/help?contactus=1 for faster response.
Kiva provides loans to small business owners in need. Kiva loans have no required credit score rating. It is possible to receive up to $15,000 in crowdsourced funds, and interest rates as low as 0%. Kiva loans are meant for business owners that may have difficulty obtaining financial assistance through other institutions.
- University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center: COVID-19 Resources for Impacted Businesses - (412) 648-1542
In addition to consulting services, the University of Pittsburgh SBDC has created a resource list ranging from Federal, State, Local, ad private/public resources for small business owners.
- Huntington Bank: Coronavirus Banking Resources - (724) 787-4058
Huntington is providing customers with up to 90 days of payment deferral, homeowner payment assistance, auto loan payment assistance, and many other resources to help those (business owners and individuals) impacted by COVID-19.
- Maiello Brungo & Maiello Attorneys at Law: Well-Rounded list of Information for COVID-19 Response - (412) 242-4400
This law office provides information to business owners in the form of government updates, information on changes to financial/economic laws due to COVID-19, and best practices.
- The International Council of Shopping Centers: has compiled a resources page intended to help property owners, landlords, and retailers prepare for and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
- The Urban Land Institute: has collected links to resources relevant to those who own or manage real estate assets, and real estate-related businesses and workforces.
- The International Building Owners and Managers Association: has released a series of guidance documents to help property professionals navigate public health concerns regarding COVID-19.
- Pittsburgh Public Schools Grab & Go Meals: Pittsburgh Public Schools are providing Grab and Go meals across 30 regional sites. For a complete list, please visit Pittsburgh Public Schools. Meals will be distributed between 11:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
- FREE Food Distribution Map: The Allegheny County of Human Services (DHS) has provided a map of Free Food Distribution Sites across Allegheny County for those in need.
- East End Cooperative Ministry’s Community Lunch: EECM’s daily community lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. will be served as take-out only. Volunteers and staff will wear gloves and follow proper handling of take-out meals. Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building. https://www.eecm.org/east-end-cooperative-ministry-adjusts-meals-and-food-distribution-and-seeks-community-assistance/
- Free Monthly Books for Kids: *NEW* The City of Pittsburgh in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is mailing books monthly to children of 5 years of age and younger. If you live in the CIty of Pittsburgh and have children 5 years old or under please register here for free books.
- Babysitter Services: Email Tammy Thompson - email@example.com
If you are in need of a babysitter in order to go to work, please contact Tammy Thompson with CirclesPGH. Please provide the following:
1. The number of children in need of care.
2. Age of children.
3. The timeframe you require care for (i.e. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., etc.).
4. Name of your employer.
5. Your place of residence.
- Infant Supplies: Diaper Give Aways - (412) 771-1008
The Zellous Hope & Diaper Bank is providing diapers for parents in the following zip codes:
15136, 15204, 15205, 15211, 15216, and 15220.
- 412 Youth Zone: Auberle Organization - (412) 673-5800
Auberle maintains the 412 Youth Zone, a safe and welcoming one-stop center for young people ages 16-23 that are transferring out of the foster care system and are eligible for independent living services or are experiencing unstable housing.
- Laptops for Kids: Computer Reach - firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Reach is partnering with Neighborhood Allies, and the University of Pittsburgh to quickly refurbish and release Dell i5 laptops. Due to the volume of demand, at this stage, ComputerReach is working with local non-profit organizations ONLY to identify individual families and distribute laptops accordingly. Individual requests *cannot* be accommodated. Further, if your families are enrolled at Pittsburgh Public Schools, please wait for distribution through your child's school.
Each laptop has been fitted with a new hard drive, new 90watt charger, Linux software, and is quality tested and cleaned. The laptops will be ready by the last week in April.
Older Adult Resources:
- Meals On Wheels of Greater Pittsburgh: Meal delivery for Older Adults. You must first call the Allegheny County Senior Line to determine your eligibility and get your meals started. This is your single point of entry. Be prepared to complete a short assessment over the phone, (412) 350-5460 or (412) 350-4234 (after hours, weekends, and holidays).
- City Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers Free Meal Locations: Senior Center alternative meals will be provided to those seniors who are currently registered for normal congregant meal service. Pre-packaged meals will be available for take-out only and will be served between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at one of these City Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers.
- Virtual Senior Academy: These are interactive virtual group classes on a variety of topics offered for Seniors and Older Adults on an easy to use platform. No prior computer experience needed and all people need is access to a computer with the internet and a webcam. https://virtualsenioracademy.org/
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 - (800) 669-4000
The EEOC has created a list of information to keep in mind during COVID-19. Issues such as employer information requests, medical examination requests, and requirements for designating workers to conduct business remotely.
- U.S. Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources - (866) 487-2365
The U.S. Department of Labor has provided information on workplace safety, wage issues, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unemployment insurance, and other issues related to employment.
- The Administration for Community Living: What People with Disabilities and Older Adults Need to Know About Coronavirus - (202) 401-4634 [General Line], (800) 677-1116 [Call to find Local Resources]
The ACL has provided a guide on how to keep yourself and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
College Student Resources:
Please be advised that all Federal Student Loan Debt (Interest & Principal) will be frozen until September 30, 2020.
- Pittsburgh Student Aid Spreadsheet: This has been organized to serve the needs of college students in Pittsburgh. Students are welcome to both request resources and list themselves as resources on the new sheet.
- Student Emergency Assistance Fund: This has been organized by the Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Students can apply for a grant from the fund to cover expenses such as medical necessities, food insecurity, and unexpected travel expenses. The maximum allocations request that can be made by a student is $600. Click here for more information.
Mental Health & Wellness Resource:
- Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Mental Health Support - (855) 284-2494, (724) 631-5600 [TTY Line]
The DHS is providing a hotline for those in need of mental health support. The lines will be staffed 24/7.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 support for those seeking help - (800) 273-8255, Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: Soporte 24/7 para quienes buscan ayuda - (888) 628-9454
A hotline available for those in the midst of a self-harm crisis.
Una línea directa disponible para aquellos en medio de una crisis de autolesión.
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- Veteran Crisis Line: (800) 273 8225
- For resources to help you cope with, prepare for, and/or prevent a crisis please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Fun Virtual Activities!
- Grant Street Reading Series: *NEW* Mayor Bill Peduto and Department of Public Safety staff will be reading children's stories weekly. Mayor Peduto's readings will occur on Mondays & Fridays at 7 p.m. on the Mayor's Facebook page. Public Safety personnel will be reading stories on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the Public Safety Department Facebook page. These readings can be found on the City of Pittsburgh's YouTube page. More information available here.
- Imagination Library: *NEW* The City of Pittsburgh in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is mailing books monthly to children of 5 years of age and younger. If you live in the CIty of Pittsburgh and have children 5 years old or under please register here for free books.
- Harris Theater @ Home: *NEW* Harris Theater @ Home presents the New York International Children's Film Festival, available for live streaming until May 17. This event will feature the world's top short films for children. More information available here.
- CSC's Three Things: *NEW* The Carnegie Science Center will be posting a roundup of science-related materials to watch, read, and do each day at 8 a.m. on Facebook & Twitter. More information available here.
- Stay at Home Fest: *NEW* Fight for the Future is hosting online performances/ social sessions to help people access entertainment during this time. Online festivities available here.
- Pittsburgh Public Art Podcast: *NEW* The City of Pittsburgh's Art Commission is providing free podcasts featuring discussions on various public art projects in the City. Public Art Broadcasts available here.
- Aquarium Live Cams: *NEW* The Monterey Bay Aquarium has created an online platform that allows viewers to see the activities of aquatic life live! Check out the happenings of our underwater friends here.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Site Visits: *NEW* The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will be hosting virtual visits of architectural sites created by the famed Frank Lloyd Wright each Thursday at 1 p.m. EST, until July 9. Tune in here.
- Virtual Museum Tours: Museums all over the world are providing online exhibits and tours for free. Visit the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, The Frick here in Pittsburgh, and The MET in NYC all from your living room. Explore the museums here.
- #JCCPGHVirtual: The Jewish Community Center is bringing people various programs VIRTUALLY! Check out their group exercise classes, personal trainers’ demos, and events and activities designed to connect and engage all ages. Click here!
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: CLP has online resources – books, movies, music, and more. Download some today at CLP's website.
- Greener Together: Penn Environment has provided a resource for those seeking Green events, activities, and tips/guides. Follow this link to find out what green activities you can get involved in today!