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Office of Community Services

The Office of Community Services provides a wide variety of supports and services to assist individuals and families. Many of the supports have income eligibility requirements.

Types of services

For information about OCS services

  • General - 412-350-6611
  • Homeless services – 412-350-3837
  • MATP – 412-350-4476
  • Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) - 412-779-1329

Other resources you might find helpful

About OCS

Request for Applications 

A new Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program and a new Rapid Re-housing Program,
Due October 3, 2014, 12:00 noon

Allegheny County Continuum of Care will be accepting project applications for:

  • A new Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing Program to serve chronically homeless. Funding is limited to $200,000 per year.
  • A new Rapid Re-housing Program to serve families. Funding is limited to $165,839 for one year - a maximum for Rapid Re-housing Program.

One project will be selected and submitted to HUD for each program type under the 2014 competition.

HUD New Project 2014 Application (.pdf)
HUD New Project 2014 Budget Sheets - must be completed and included with your application. (.exl) 
HUD New Project Requirements - Guidelines - review before completing the project application to see specific parameters for each project.(.pdf)

Office location 

Human Services Building
One Smithfield Street
Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-350-6611
Fax: 412-350-2785
Get Directions to One Smithfield Street 


One-page overview of OCS and a more detailed description of OCS including legal mandates, administration, fiscal and client statistics, programs and services, and contact information. Learn more 


Marc Cherna, DHS Director
Patricia L. Valentine, DHS Executive Deputy Director for Integrated Program Services
Reginald B. Young, DHS Deputy Director, OCS

With local oversight by the County Community Services Advisory Council, Homeless Alliance Advisory Board, and the Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) 

Commonwealth oversight by Pennsylvania Departments of

  • Agriculture
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Industry

Federal oversight U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Annual plan and budget