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Homeless Services

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you can get safe, affordable housing while you work toward independence.

Call 412-350-3837  

Emergency shelters (short-term)

If you need a place to stay right away and you have nowhere else to go.

  • Families
  • Single adults
  • Street homeless during extremely cold weather Learn more 
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Young adults

Rental assistance program

If you are facing eviction because you can’t pay your rent.

Mortgage and utility assistance

2-1-1 or PA 211 SW  
If you are facing foreclosure or eviction due to non-payment

Housing with other services


  • Transitional and Bridge housing (up to 24 months)
    If you need help to get and stay independent. 
    Occupancy fees are based on a sliding scale.
  • PennFree Bridge housing
    If you are or were addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • Permanent housing (long-term)
    If you or your family member has a disability, or if you would otherwise be living on the street.
    Occupancy fees are based on a sliding scale.

Related Resources

Pa. Personal Care Home Directory
Learn more 

Nursing Care Facility Locator
Learn more 

Allegheny County offers a range of housing–related supports and services…

Spreadsheets of Housing Resources in Allegheny County as of 2012
To keep individuals and families in their homes

Utility assistance
Rental and mortgage payment assistance 

To help individuals and families

With low incomes 
Who are homeless
Who experience chronic homelessness  

To help individuals and families with specific needs

60 years of age and older (in some cases, over 55 years) 
Mental health disorder (MH) 
Substance use disorder (D&A)
Intellectual disability  
Physical disability 

To help individuals and families in specific situations

Fleeing domestic violence 
At-risk for child abuse due to (risk of) homelessness  
Recently released from the county jail or a Pennsylvania prison 

Information for landlords 
Services intended to help individuals avoid homelessness

There are many causes of homelessness. DHS supports a variety of programs that help individuals and families work to resolve the underlying issues in their lives and achieve a stable living situation.
Call 2-1-1 for information about available supports.

Domestic Violence
Ineffective Budgeting
Lack of Child Care  
pdf.gif Mental Health Disorders
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Unemployment or Underemployment 

Advisory bodies related to homelessness 

Homeless Alliance Advisory Board
Local Housing Options Team (LHOT)