YWCA Greater Pittsburgh provides both emergency and empowerment grants to individuals and families in need. Our assistance programs remove barriers and disparities that hinder families from becoming self-sufficient, helping them cover costs such as arrearages, rental down-payments, utilities, healthcare costs, transportation, and more. If you need assistance, please contact the YWCA Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through our Women’s Impact Network, YWCA partners with the National Council for Jewish Women’s Center for Women and the Neighborhood Legal Services Association to provide financial education and legal aid to give basic needs assistance recipients a full package of supports so they can achieve stability.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh partners with the Urban Redevelopment Authority through the Housing Stabilization Program* to help individuals and families maintain their housing and prevent eviction. YWCA can help you apply for grants that can contribute to costs such as rental arrears, utility arrears, and security deposits.
*You must live in the City of Pittsburgh to apply for Housing Stabilization Program assistance
YWCA is part of a collaborative of organizations providing food pantry delivery to people who cannot leave their homes – including seniors and people with compromised immune systems, mobility struggles, and viral symptoms. If you need food and are unable to visit a food pantry, please call 211 or visit www.pa211sw.org.
The Liz Prine Memorial Fund honors the memory of Elizabeth Erskine Prine, a former YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and YWCA USA Board Member. Liz was committed to making real differences in women’s lives. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to assist women pursuing long-term goals by covering costs such as: education expenses, job training, professional fees, books, test fees, uniforms, laptops, trade tools, and childcare costs. Find out more about the Liz Prine Memorial Fund here.
Hope for All is a collaborative project of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh that identifies households in the Pittsburgh area facing financial hardship and provides them with access to benefit programs and supportive services. Funded by United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Hope for All seeks to eliminate barriers to assistance through streamlined, deliberate partnerships with external collaborators.
Hope for All connects individuals and families to a full range of supports addressing emergency and basic needs and setting them on a pathway to stability and self-sufficiency.
Services include assistance with benefits applications, such as:
• Food Stamps
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Dollar Energy utility grant applications
• Coordinated referrals to local social service programs
• Emergency financial assistance available via YWCA’s Resource Center