PITTSBURGH, PA (July 10, 2020) While Governor Tom Wolf has extended protections for homeowners and renters from foreclosure or eviction through August 31, eligible residents of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh should be aware they can apply for rental assistance if needed.
Allegheny County has the CARES Rent Relief Program (C-RRP) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has the Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) hosted by the Housing Opportunity Fund.
C-RRP offers up to six months of rent assistance to December 30, 2020. HSP offers up to $3,000 for rent, mortgage, legal and utility assistance.
The chart below describes both programs more completely. Those seeking assistance may find more information on County programs here and about URA programs here. Pennsylvania residents may also seek help here from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. (Please also note this press release from Allegheny County.)
Mayor William Peduto this spring directed funding to the Commission on Human Relations to offer rental mediation services to those impacted by COVID-19. The City’s Financial Empowerment Centers have also been helping residents with free financial management consulting during the pandemic.
“One of our goals is to help those in need avoid evictions and other financial catastrophes before they happen. I want to thank all of our public and private sector partners for their assistance in providing people the help they so desperately need right now,” Mayor Peduto said.