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Community Assistance Programs

If you have been struggling to make ends meet during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are many local community organizations that can help you!



In 2020, Hazelwood Initiative redirected its Neighborhood Investment Fund to help residents in need pay for their rent, mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and needed basic items such as food, diapers, and medicine. We have stabilized nearly 100 houses every year and distributed over $100,000 since 2020.


The funding for this new neighborhood assistance program comes from rents collected from Propel Hazelwood and donations from people like you who care. If you would like to help us help more people, you can donate by writing a check to "Hazelwood Initiative, Inc." and writing "NIF" in the check memo line. Then drop your check in our mailbox, or mail it to 4901 Second Ave., 2nd floor. We appreciate your support!

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Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.

4901 Second Avenue

2nd Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15207



Additional Resources

  • The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) run by Action Housing will stop accepting new applications on March 31st! If you know someone that needs help, make sure they go online to complete the application ASAP and contact us if they have any trouble. Hazelwood Initiative is contracted with Action Housing to help Greater Hazelwood residents complete the application process. Call our office, 412-421-7234, and ask for Antonetta or Tiffany. *Please note, as the end of the program nears, our call volume has increased significantly. Please do not hesitate to call back if we have not contacted you within a couple of days.

  • Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance

    • URA - The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP): a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short term (up to 3 months, for a maximum of $3,000) financial assistance to households who are facing a temporary, non-reoccurring housing crisis. ​ Call Allegheny Link, 1-866-730-2368, and ask for the "URA Housing Stabilization Program" to see if you qualify. You can also visit them at One Smithfield Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Their service hours are 8am to 7pm.

    • PAHAF - The Pennsylvania Homeowners Assistance Fund (Online application only. Call 888.987.2423 if you need assistance.)

      • Mortgage Reinstatements​

      • Mortgage Payments

      • Housing Property Charges

      • Utility Payments


  • Food Assistance

    • Fishes and Loaves Cooperative Ministries: 

      • ​Meal Pick up -- Meals available for pick-up (11:30am-1pm, Monday-Friday)

      • Meals on Wheels

        • Bagged lunch and microwaveable dinners delivered to your door Monday – Friday (Delivered between 9:30am – 11am)

        • Serving Greater Hazelwood, Greenfield, and parts of Squirrel Hill

        • Available to anyone who needs food -- You do not have to be a senior citizen or disabled

        • Volunteers are always needed to help with deliveries

      • Contact Info

        • 412-499-4313 

        • 131 E Elizabeth (Pastoral Center), Pittsburgh PA 15207 

        • (volunteers needed!)

    • Holy Cross Lutheran Chapel

      • Food available for pickup on tables in front of the church every day​

      • Clothing available as needed; just ask! (9:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday)

      • 5319 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

      • 412-521-0844

    • YMCA Monthly food pantry at the Spartan Center (first Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm)


  • Food Assistance (City and County)

    • Big Burgh: To view a directory of available food, updated daily click here 

    • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: To find a food pantry near you click here

  • Mutual Aid – General assistance from volunteers


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