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"Basic Needs" Websites of Interest

Of interest to providers of services (below)
Of interest to individuals and families 

AfterSchoolPgh.org
Allows users to search a database of more than 1,600 afterschool programs based on their location or type of program desired. This is southwestern Pennsylvania's web-based, afterschool resource.

Allegheny County Assistance Office
Provides information about benefits made available through the Pa. Department of Public Welfare for families with low incomes including: food, cash, medical insurance and utility bills. You can also apply for or renew your benefits from a computer at COMPASS.

Allegheny County Department of Veteran’s Services 
Supports both active and retired U.S. military and National Guard personnel.

Allegheny County Health Department 
Provides information about high quality public health services that promote individual and community wellness, preventing injury, illness and premature death or disability, and protect the population from harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical hazards within the environment.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Directs students, parents and education professionals to resources intended to help students make the most of their education.

Anti-luring Tips
Helpful suggestions for children and their parents about how to be aware and stay safe in a neighborhood setting.

CareerLink Pennsylvania and CareerLink Pittsburgh
Connects job seekers with employers and provides comprehensive labor market and workforce development information.

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services)
Enables Pennsylvania residents to apply for social services programs online.

Fatherhood section of the National Quality Improvement Center
This site provides resources for fathers including important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system.

Foster Club
Offers registered users a wide variety of information and the opportunity to connect with peers across the nation who are or were in foster care. Created for youth and powered by youth.

Housing-related websites including various local housing authorities

Pa. Public Utility Commission 
Describes and gives phone numbers for various utility assistance programs available through electric, natural gas and water companies in Allegheny County and across the state.

Pittsburgh Housing Finance Agency 
Provides an on-line "Apartment Locator" to assist older adults, persons of modest means and those persons with special housing needs find affordable apartments by clicking on the "Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters" link.

TurnSealSave 
Suggests ways for everyone to reduce their energy use and save money.

United Way of Allegheny County 
Seeks to measurably improve the quality of life for those in need in the community.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Serves anyone in need with housing, food and employment assistance.


Of interest to providers of services

Allegheny County Assistance Office
Provides information about benefits made available through the Pa. Department of Public Welfare for families with low incomes including: food, cash, medical insurance and utility bills. Individuals can also apply for or renew benefits from a computer at COMPASS.

Allegheny County Health Department 
Provides information about high quality public health services that promote individual and community wellness, preventing injury, illness and premature death or disability, and protect the population from harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical hazards within the environment.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Directs students, parents and education professionals to resources intended to help students make the most of their education.

American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Advocates for excellence in the provision of human services.

CareerLink Pennsylvania and CareerLink Pittsburgh
Connects job seekers with employers and provides comprehensive labor market and workforce development information.

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania 
Provides advocacy, education, technical assistance, news and networking as the hub of the Community Action Associations in the commonwealth.

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services)
Enables Pennsylvania residents to apply for social services programs online.

Housing-related websites including various local housing authorities

Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators (PACHSA)
Represents county human services administrators and county human services staff with developing, managing and enhancing locally coordinated, adequately funded, quality human services.

Pittsburgh Housing Finance Agency 
Provides an on-line "Apartment Locator" to assist older adults, persons of modest means and those persons with special housing needs find affordable apartments by clicking on the "Homebuyers, Homeowners, Renters" link.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board 
Creates and promotes an integrated and accountable workforce development system so that job seekers can find good jobs and employers can find qualified workers.

United Way of Allegheny County 
Seeks to measurably improve the quality of life for those in need in the community.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Serves anyone in need with housing, food and employment assistance.