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December 22, 2011 PDF Icon Onorato Announces $10.1 Million Grant to Further Combat Homelessness 
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $10.1 million Continuum of Care grant renewal to continue the efforts of the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to combat homelessness. Allegheny County has received this grant from HUD in previous years to provide essential programs, safe havens, transitional housing and permanent support to chronically homeless individuals and families. 

December 12, 2011 PDF Icon  LIHEAP Crisis Program Centers to Open Jan. 3 
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services today announced that the Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will open its Crisis Program Centers on Jan. 3, 2012, with a tentative closing date of March 30, 2012. The program may be extended or shortened depending upon the availability of federal funds.

November 19, 2011 PDF Icon  Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Children’s Court Celebrate National Adoption Day 
Today, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services celebrated National Adoption Day when Children’s Court judges finalized 44 adoptions of children, ranging in age from 10 months old to 17 years old. The children who were adopted at the event are now part of a “forever family” after a stay in foster care through the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF).

October 27, 2011 PDF Icon ComputeReach to Donate 18 Refurbished Computers to Sto-Rox Foster Early Childhood Center 
In an effort to continue to strengthen early childhood education in Allegheny County, ComputeReach, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian computer outreach organization, will donate 18 refurbished G4 eMac computers to the Sto-Rox Foster Early Childhood Center, which benefits the Allegheny County/Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s early childhood education programs.

October 12, 2011 PDF Icon  Onorato Announces HHS Grant to Improve Educational Stability for Youth in Child Welfare System 
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families has awarded the Allegheny County Department of Human Services a $250,000 grant to improve educational stability and permanency outcomes for youth ages 10 to 17 years old in the child welfare system.

October 6, 2011 PDF Icon  DHS Recognizes October 6 as National Depression Screening Day 
Today, in recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) is encouraging adults to take a free, self-administered, online screening for depression in order to help assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders. An evaluation and response is immediate and, if appropriate, contact information is provided for further assistance.

September 1, 2011 PDF Icon  County Senior Center to Offer Extended Hours 
In anticipation of the of the high forecasted temperatures, the Homewood Healthy Active Living Center will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 and will have extended hours on the weekend.

August 18, 2011 PDF Icon  Political and Judicial Candidates in the Spotlight for an Evening of Fun and Fundraising 
This evening, local and state general election candidates took the stage at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead to seek laughs at Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 and raise money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF), a fund that finances requests for life-enriching items and opportunities not otherwise available through traditional government funding.

August 12, 2011 PDF Icon  Rusted Root will headline Allegheny County Music Festival to benefit children and youth 
Pittsburgh-based Rusted Root will headline the 12th annual Allegheny County Music Festival concert on Sunday, September 4 at the amphitheater in Hartwood Acres Park. Opening bands will begin at 5:00 p.m. and Rusted Root will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

August 5, 2011 PDF Icon  UPDATE: County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, senior centers in Squirrel Hill and Homewood will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation tonight. Additionally, the Homewood senior center will offer extended hours through the weekend. 

August 1, 2011 PDF Icon  UPDATE: County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, senior centers in Squirrel Hill and Homewood will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation. 

July 29, 2011 PDF Icon  UPDATE: County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, several of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation.  

July 28, 2011 PDF Icon  UPDATE: County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, several of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation.

July 27, 2011 PDF Icon  UPDATE: County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, several of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation.

July 25, 2011 PDF Icon  County Senior Centers Continue to Offer Extended Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, several of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation.

July 20, 2011 PDF Icon UPDATE: More County Senior Centers Extend Hours 
Because of the continuing heat, the list of senior centers in Allegheny County that will remain open this week longer than their usual hours of operation has expanded.

July 19, 2011 PDF Icon More County Senior Centers Extending Hours Due to Heat 
Because of the continuing heat, the list of senior centers in Allegheny County that will remain open this week longer than their usual hours of operation has expanded.

July 18, 2011 PDF Icon County Senior Centers Extend Hours Due to Extreme Heat 
Because of the extreme heat, some of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open this week longer than their usual hours of operation.

July 11, 2011 PDF Icon Homewood Senior Center Extends Hours Due to High Temperature Today and Tomorow
The Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center will remain open until 7:00 p.m. today and tomorrow, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the high temperatures.

July 11, 2011 PDF Icon Drop-In Centers Available for Street Homeless as Temperatures Rise
As temperatures continue to soar, the street homeless have a place to go. Although hours of operation vary, homeless Drop-In Centers funded by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services are open during the day as part of standard operations.

July 7, 2011 PDF Icon Homewood Senior Center extends hours due to heat
The Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center will remain open until 7:00 p.m. today, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the high temperatures.

July 6, 2011 PDF Icon  Homewood Senior Center extends hours due to high temperatures
The Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center will remain open until 7:00 p.m. today, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the high temperatures.

July 1, 2011 PDF Icon  County Senior Center in Homewood Extends Hours Due to Extreme HeatThe Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center is extending its hours of operation today, Saturday and Sunday, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the soaring temperatures. 

June 29, 2011 DHS, Mr. Smalls Sponsor “We Rock Workshop” Concert to Benefit Allegheny County Music Festival Fund
On Thursday June 30, 2011, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) and Creative.Life.Support, the non-profit arm of Mr. Smalls Funhouse, are sponsoring a concert at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale to raise funds for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. Youth involved with DHS, including current and former foster youth, will show off musical abilities honed through their participation in the “We Rock Workshop.” 

 June 27, 2011 PDF Icon Tickets Available for Popular Candidates’ Comedy Night FundraiserTickets are on sale now for the Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 fundraiser on August 18 at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead. The fundraiser, which benefits children and youth in Allegheny County, is a forum for candidates running for political office in the November general election to reveal their hidden talents and showcase their humor.

June 21, 2011 PDF Icon Homewood Senior Center Extends Hours Today
The Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center will remain open until 7:00 p.m. today, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the soaring temperatures.

June 15, 2011PDF Icon  Town Meeting to Solicit 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 a public meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. in the Liberty Conference Room of the Human Services Building located at One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

June 14, 2011 PDF Icon Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Checks Help Older Residents Purchase Fresh Produce
Pennsylvania Farmers’ Markets are open and ready for business, offering a healthy, 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 8, 2011 PDF Icon DHS SummerFood Program to Open June 13
From June 13 through August 19, 2011, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will operate SummerFood, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children and youth 18 years of age and younger in economically disadvantaged communities.

June 8, 2011 PDF Icon Homewood Senior Center Extends Hours Due to Extreme Heat
Because of the extreme heat, the Homewood Healthy-Active Living Center will remain open until 7:00 p.m. today and Thursday June 9, 2011, offering county residents age 60 and older extended relief from the soaring temperatures.

June 1, 2011 PDF Icon Area Agency on Aging to Host Public Hearing on Future Plan Budget and Protective Services Presentation
The Advisory Council of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 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 2011-2012 Area Plan and Budget Prospectus.

May 31, 2011 PDF Icon County Senior Centers Extend Hours Due to Extreme Heat
Because of the extreme heat, some of the senior centers in Allegheny County will remain open longer than their usual hours of operation.

May 25, 2011 PDF Icon ComputeReach to Donate 23 Refurbished Computers to Elizabeth Learning Center Head Start
In an effort to continue to strengthen early childhood education in Allegheny County, ComputeReach, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian computer outreach organization, will donate 23 refurbished Macintosh computers to the county’s Head Start program. On Thursday, May 25, 2011, the computers will be installed at the Elizabeth Learning Center to benefit Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Head Start children. From 11:15 a.m. to noon, children will be able to access approved pre-school games, which are designed to build students’ literacy and academic skills.  The Elizabeth Learning Center is located at 207 3rd Street, Elizabeth, PA.

May 16, 2011 PDF Icon DHS SummerFood program scheduled to open in June
From June 13 through August 19, 2011, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will run SummerFood, a free breakfast, lunch and recreation program for children and youth 18 years of age and younger in economically disadvantaged communities.

May 12, 2011 PDF Icon DHS KEYS Service Corps will Celebrate AmeriCorps Week with Cleanup Project 
On Friday, May 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Allegheny County Department of Human Services KEYS (Knowledge to Empower Youth to Success) Service Corps will kickoff the fifth annual National AmeriCorps Week by participating in a day of service in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop communities.

May 2, 2011 PDF Icon Onorato Announces $8.4 Million Grant to Further Combat Homelessness
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded an $8.4 million Continuum of Care Grant to the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to further combat homelessness. Allegheny County has received this grant from HUD in previous years to provide essential programs, safe havens, transitional housing, and permanent support to chronically homeless individuals and families.

April 28, 2011 PDF Icon Onorato Announces Third Annual “Senior Celebration in the Park”
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced the Third Annual “Senior Celebration in the Park” will be held at the South Park Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The celebration is part of Older Americans Month, which was first proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

April 11, 2011 PDF Icon Allegheny County Department of Human Services Encourages Kids and Adults to Go Screen-Free April 18-24
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services will join thousands of schools, libraries and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers and video games from April 18-24 and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to spend more time with friends and family reading, playing, pursuing hobbies and being more physically active.

April 5, 2011 PDF Icon Better Choices, Better Health Helps Older Adults Manage Ongoing Health Issues
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging today announced the schedule for its Better Choices, Better Health (BCBH) program, a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life style for adults age 60 and older with an ongoing health issue, including arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions that affect a person’s daily life.

April 4, 2011 PDF Icon Onorato Proclaims April “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” Announces Partnership with Family Resources & A Child’s Place at Mercy
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today proclaimed April 2011 “Child Abuse Prevention Month” and announced a joint partnership among the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS), Family Resources, and A Child’s Place at Mercy, part Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, to raise public awareness about abuse. “Choose your partner/caregiver carefully…your baby is counting on you” is the theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. The campaign will remind parents that choosing an appropriate caregiver for a child, including a care-giving partner, is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.

March 21, 2011 PDF Icon Support Program Provides Relief to Caregivers of Older Loved Ones
Caregivers supporting a loved one 60 years of age and older with functional impairments, or caregivers of loved ones ages 18 to 59 years who have a medical diagnosis of irreversible dementia may qualify for support and assistance through the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

March 10, 2011 PDF Icon Annual Prom Dress Giveaway Project Prom, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Project Prom, a program of Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), is again offering free prom dresses to eligible high school girls who may find it financially difficult to pay hundreds of dollars for a dress. This year, the gown giveaway will take place on March 29, 30 and 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Century III Mall.

February 23, 2011 PDF Icon Project Prom Accepting Donations of Formal Attire and Accessories at Three Locations
Now through March 28, 2011, Project Prom, an initiative of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, is accepting public donations of formal attire at the following locations:

February 11, 2011 PDF Icon LIHEAP Crisis Grants Now Available for Customers with Utility Termination Notices Mailed Feb. 1 or Later
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services today announced that Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis grants are now available for eligible utility customers who have termination notices with a mailed date of Feb. 1, 2011 or later. Additionally, households that already received a crisis payment for program year 2010-2011 may be eligible to receive a second crisis payment, which must be applied to a second utility vendor and is subject to the maximum and minimum crisis amounts. In total, the maximum LIHEAP Crisis grant may not exceed $400, and the minimum grant cannot be issued for less than $25.

February 8, 2011 PDF Icon Online Resource Guide for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Updated
A task force made up of human services consumers and advocates, representatives from human services providers, representatives from state and local governments, educators, and members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities has updated its online resource guide, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Resource Guide of Behavioral Health Providers for Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind or Hard of Hearing.

January 27, 2011PDF Icon  Project Prom Now Accepting Donations of Formal Attire and Accessories 
Now through March 28, 2011, Project Prom, an initiative of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, is accepting public donations of formal attire at One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (in the first floor lobby) from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

January 27, 2011 PDF Icon Onorato Announces $4.7 Million Grant to Further Combat Homelessness
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $4.7 million Continuum of Care grant renewal to continue the efforts of the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to combat homelessness. Allegheny County has received this grant from HUD in previous years to provide essential programs, safe havens, transitional housing and permanent support to chronically homeless individuals and families.