During this uncertain time, Eastside Bond remains committed to assisting our residents through this crisis. We’ve compiled a list of resources that may be useful to you and your loved ones while navigating the effects of Coronavirus on day-to-day life. As always, we are here to help.
Pennsylvania Department of Health is the most trusted site to find Pennsylvania-specific information and updates regarding COVID-19.
Allegheny County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline is available for residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19: 888-856-2774
The United Way Helpline is available for general assistance and able to connect callers with many different resources: call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh offers resources for local businesses and renters.
Just Harvest and the Pittsburgh Food Bank can assist with anyone experiencing food insecurity. A self-declaration of need form can be completed for food assistance through the state of Pennsylvania.
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and have experienced job loss or reduced hours due to the COVID-19 crisis, you can apply for unemployment compensation here.
If you own or are employed by a small business experiencing hardship, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering multiple loans, resources, and guidance.
Honeycomb Credit is offering discounted community-sourced loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses can borrow $10,000 - $50,000 with an introductory 6-month interest-only period and no prepayment penalty. Email: email@example.com
Duquesne Light Company is waiving late fees and suspending shut-offs throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
The RESOLVE Mental Health Crisis Line is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that is free to all residents of Allegheny County, regardless of ability to pay: 1-888-796-8226
The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is available to bartenders and spouses or children of bartenders experiencing emergency hardship.
Pittsburgh’s Virtual Tip Jar is available to support workers who rely on tips. You can get on the list or give someone a tip here.
The Pittsburgh Artists Emergency Fund is a GoFundMe created by a group of Pittsburgh artists to support their fellow artists. Donate to the GoFundMe here or apply to receive funds here.
Direct Payments from the Federal Government
The federal government will be making one-time cash payments directly to our citizens. These payments should be issued during the month of April either by check or direct deposit. How much will you receive?
- Individuals earning less than $75,000 will receive $1,200.
- Married couples earning less than $150,000 will receive $2,400.
- If you have children, you will receive $500 per child.
- Individuals earning more than $75,000 and less than $99,000 – and couples earning more than $150,000 and less than $198,000 – are eligible for a lesser amount.
Enhanced Unemployment Benefits
If you have lost your job, you can apply for state unemployment benefits at uc.pa.gov.
Congress is enhancing state unemployment to provide more income and to cover more people.
- Adds $600 per week for four months on top of state unemployment.
- Adds up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to those already enrolled but who are nearing the end of benefits.
- Expands the program to
include a number of workers not normally eligible to receive
unemployment benefits. This includes:
- Independent contractors/gig workers
- Those with limited work history
- Employees who are still employed, but whose hours have been reduced
It is important to apply as soon as possible. To help expedite aid, the federal government is funding the first week of benefits to encourage states to waive traditional waiting periods, but it may still take a couple of weeks to be processed.