Critical Communities

Critical Communities - Prioritize, Coordinate, Connect

Our city's residents sometimes face barriers to accessing essential resources and services. The Critical Communities Manager works with community members, human service organizations, shelter and housing providers, criminal justice systems, public safety professionals, healthcare organizations, and nonprofits to prioritize public health, harm reduction, and person-centered solutions.

The Critical Communities Manager co-leads Allegheny County’s Homeless Outreach Coordinating Committee, partners with public safety to train first responders in connecting people with unmet needs to services, and collaborates to develop public-health informed programs.


We Work to Support:​
Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
People Who Use Substances​
Older Adults and Seniors
People Living with Disabilities
People with Mental Health Needs


​Initiatives, Partnerships & Resources: An online repository of free, low-barrier, geographically-prioritized resources for people who have unmet needs
Office of Community Health and Safety: Coming Soon! Learn more.
Translational Public Health-Public Safety Initiatives, such as the SwimSafe Initiative.
Foundation of HOPE-Zone 1 Public Health-Informed Diversion Learn more about this program.
City of Pittsburgh HARP: Housing Assistance Resources Portal (HARP) for the City of Pittsburgh is a guide that offers housing-related resources. Read more about HARP.
Allegheny County Veterans Homelessness Resources
City-County Veteran Suicide Prevention Coalition
City-County Boot Camp to End Veteran Homelessness
Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh
AHN Homeless Outreach Co-responder Program Learn more.
CONNECT Post Overdose Response Team
Allegheny County's Allegheny Link: connects people in need to available resources in an effort to maintain their independence and quality of life, including those who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.


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