COVID-19 Resources

Browse the list below for help and resources available to those suffering the impact of COVID-19.

Income & housing

  • Unemployment compensation: Workers that are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for UC benefits or WC benefits. Information is available on the department’s website .
  • The URA and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh are operating the COVID-19 Housing Stabilization Fund to help households in need of rental, mortgage payment, and/or utility assistance due to COVID-19-related losses in work and wages. City of Pittsburgh residents can call the Urban League at (412) 227-4163 to find out if they qualify.
  • The United Way operates a free helpline called 2-1-1 for housing and other emergencies.


  • Testing services for COVID-19:
    • You will need a prescription from your doctor, and some providers are able to offer services virtually/over the phone. 
    • If you’re going to any medical facility in person, call before you go. 
    • If you don’t have a fever, you’re not eligible for a screening…even if you’ve been traveling internationally, had a known exposure, etc. 
  • How to get tested

Insurance questions

  • All Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients will have testing and treatment covered.
  • UPMC, Highmark, and Aetna will waive applicable deductibles, copayments, or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered by a member’s treating medical provider.
  • Uninsured: refer to Metro Health Clinic (sliding scale); iHealth Clinic in East Liberty ($35 flat fee).

Small business and service industry support

Nonprofit Resources


  • Circles – Greater Pittsburgh
    • If you need a babysitter in order to go to work, please contact Tammy Thompson via email:
      Please provide the following:
      1. Number of children you need care for
      2. Age of child/children
      3. The hours that you need care for them
      4. Name of Employer
      5. Community you live in

Older adults


  • East End Cooperative Ministry community lunch – EECM’s daily community lunch from 12:15-1:15 pm will not be served in their dining room but rather as take-out only. Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – (412) 460-3663
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools Students – For Pittsburgh students that depend on PPS school breakfast & lunch programs, Grab & Go meals will be available at all 54 PPS school locations from 11 am-1 pm Monday through Friday. Students are instructed to go to the school location closest to their home.
  • 412 Food Rescue – (412) 407-5287
  • Just Harvest – (9 am-5 pm) at (412) 431-8960 x 602 – Assistance with SNAP and WIC benefit processing and applications
  • Urban League of Pittsburgh Emergency Food Pantry – (412) 227-4802


Financial help

Mental health

> More Pittsburgh resources here

> For more available resources for PA, see Rep. Sara Innamorato’s running list of resources, programming, and supportive services, where much of this info was pulled from.