DHS-issued Press Releases Archive 2009
November 24, 2009 Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for Street Homeless
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Community Services, in partnership with Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net®, is again operating a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) program for the safety of the street homeless.
November 23, 2009 Holiday Book Drive for Children and Youth The Jerome Bettis “Bus Stops Here” Foundation and Joseph-Beth Booksellers Partner
The Jerome Bettis “Bus Stops Here” Foundation has once more selected Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Holiday Project as the recipient of the book drive hosted by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, an independent bookstore located in SouthSide Works.
November 19, 2009 Graduate Students Compete Local Government Case Competition: Transforming the Future
Last week, 61 graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh spent 48 hours, from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon, participating in the 2009 Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Local Government Case Competition.
October 13, 2009 Violence Prevention Program in Allegheny County Benefits from Recovery Act Funding
One Vision One Life (OVOL), the DHS-contracted Allegheny County Violence Prevention program, was awarded a $331,025, two-year grant through the FY09 Recovery Act – Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant program.
September 10, 2009 DHS Announces Federal Stimulus Dollars to Fund Services to Help Additional Individuals and Families Become Self-sufficient
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today that an additional $2.4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been allocated to Allegheny County to support working-age people who are struggling to overcome the financial effects of the national recession on their lives.
August 31, 2009 Allegheny County Music Festival Features Rusted Root for benefit of DHS children
Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) will host the Tenth Annual Allegheny County Music Festival, featuring Rusted Root, on Sunday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre in Hartwood.
August 20, 2009 Elected Officials and Candidates Took the Stage to Benefit Allegheny County Music Festival Fund
State and local elected officials and candidates offered their best comedy routine this evening at the Pittsburgh Improv, located at the Waterfront in Homestead, to raise money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.
August 7, 2009 Rusted Root and Allegheny County ‘tweet up’ for a great cause
Promoting the Tenth Annual Allegheny County Music Festival at Hartwood, Rusted Root and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) will kick off a two-week long Twitter campaign on Monday August 24 at noon.
July 29, 2008 Area Older Adults Offered Second Chance at Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, coordinated by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging, will hold a second distribution of Farmers Market checks for those who were unable to attend the earlier distribution on July 7.
July 15, 2009 Candidates’ Comedy Night Fundraiser Benefits Children and Youth
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services will host the entertaining fundraiser, Candidates Comedy Night (CCN2009) in collaboration with the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund Advisory Committee.
July 10, 2009 Head Start Enrolling Now For Next School Year
The Head Start programs of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are currently enrolling children, age three to five, for the upcoming school year. Head Start is a quality education service that is free of cost to families that meet the required federal income guidelines.
June 23, 2009 Digital Converter Box Assistance Available to Older Adults and People with Disabilities
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has brought the FCC’s “Keeping Seniors Connected” nationwide campaign to Allegheny County. Recently, AAA established a short term program to deliver emergency assistance to older adults and people with disabilities who lost all television reception as a result of the nationwide transition from analog to digital signal on June 12, 2009.
June 17, 2009 “CHANGE” Flowering of Insight Art Exhibit
This year will mark the 22nd annual Flowering of Insight Art Exhibit (FOI) for artists receiving, or who have received, services through DHS. The exhibit features more than 70 artists and 100 works of art including paintings, drawings and mix media representing each artist’s interpretation of “CHANGE.” Many of the works are for sale at moderate prices with the artist receiving all proceeds.
June 12, 2009 Farmers Markets Offer a Healthy Good Time for Older Adults
Summer is soon to arrive and that means that Pennsylvania Farmers Markets will be open and ready for business. Each farm stand will display a delicious array of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. It is an excellent opportunity to experience the fun of selecting fresh, nutritious produce in a good, old-fashioned, farm market setting.
June 9, 2009 Meeting Held to Elicit Public Input Concerning Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Juvenile Court will hold the final of four public meetings on Monday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Community Center of Focus on Renewal, located at 701 Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks, PA 15136.
June 8, 2009 SummerFood Program Will Begin June 15
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services operates a SummerFood Program for children 18 years of age and younger in low-income communities. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided in conjunction with a recreation program from June 15 to August 21, 2009.
June 5, 2009 Area Agency on Aging to Host Public Hearing to Solicit Comments on Future Plan Budget
The Advisory Council of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will hold a public hearing on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in the Gold Room on the fourth floor of the County Courthouse. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit comments on the 2009-2010 Area Plan and Budget Prospectus.
June 4, 2009 Meetings Held to Elicit Public Input Concerning Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Juvenile Court will hold the third of four public meetings on Thursday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the YWCA McKeesport, located at 410 Ninth St. in McKeesport, PA 15132.
May 29, 2009 Meetings Held to Elicit Public Input Concerning Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Juvenile Court will hold the second of four public meetings on Friday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 410 of Hosanna House, located at 807 Wallace Ave. in Wilkinsburg, PA 15221.
May 26, 2009 Meetings Held to Elicit Public Input Concerning Services for Children, Youth and Young Adults in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Juvenile Court will hold the first of four public meetings on Monday, June 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Conference Room A on the second floor of Hill House Center located at 1835 Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
May 12, 2009 Allegheny County KEYS Service Corps Celebrates National AmeriCorps® Week with a Rally Today
KEYS Service Corps celebrated National AmeriCorps Week, May 9 – 16, with a rally at Market Square.
April 21, 2009 Onorato Invites Seniors to “Celebration in the Park” on May 21
Senior Celebration in the Park will be held May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the South Park Fairgrounds. Register by May 14 at local Senior CommunityCenters.
April 16, 2009 DHS Prepares to Kick Off SummerFood Program
SummerFood, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for economically disadvantaged children 18 years of age and under, runs from June 15 to August 21, 2009.
April 8, 2009 Counselors Available to Help with After-Effects of Stanton Heights Police Shooting
Counselors, through Contact Pittsburgh, are available to both adults and children.
March 19, 2009 The Community Action Self Sufficiency Award: Wesley Barnes of Bellevue
Recipients of the award were chosen from people who have participated with a local community action agency and demonstrated the ability to overcome socio-economic barriers to achieve success.
March 18, 2009 Project Prom Spring Sale - One Day Public Sale
DHS will be holding a one day sale of formal attire on Wednesday, April 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the SOURCE shop on the third floor of Century III Mall.
March 2, 2009 Head Start Enrolling Now For Next Year
The Head Start programs of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are currently enrolling children age three to five for the upcoming school year.
February 23, 2009 Onorato Announces HUD Funding to Assist Homeless Families
Allegheny County/Penn Hills/McKeesport Continuum of Care is the recipient of an $839,501 award from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Rapid Re-Housing for Families Demonstration Program.
February 18, 2009 Project Prom expands eligibility criteria to help more teens with prom wear
Project Prom will now include high school students participating in the free school lunch program and/or have parent(s) receiving unemployment compensation. It will continue to benefit high school students served by DHS.
February 2, 2009 Allegheny County Department of Human Services Launches Web Site to Preserve Voices of Our Region
The site features a collection of audiopictorial narratives shared by people with disabilities who live in Western Pennsylvania.
January 15, 2009 Severe Weather Emergency Shelter Open During Inclement Weather
The DHS Office of Community Services, in partnership with Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net® is operating
a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) program.
January 14, 2009 Older Adults Encouraged To Take Precautions During Cold Spell
Area Agency on Aging (AAA) encourages older adults who may have concerns about the unusually frigid weather or about health issues that may put them at risk during cold weather to take special precautions.
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