COVID-19 Outlook & Resources
Below is information to help you navigate the current public health crisis. Updates will be made daily as new resources are available. Stay safe and healthy!
Public Health updates:
Food and Supplies:
Free Resource Distribution Sites (click here) are located throughout Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Employment & Small Businesses:
Federal CARES Act
The federal CARES Act will provide unemployment benefits to the self-employed and gig workers; provide additional weeks of benefits for those exhausting unemployment compensation; and will increase the total weekly amount paid for claimants. Self-employed individuals are also eligible for benefits. Visit www.uc.pa.gov for more information.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available
Low interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits are available in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Businesses may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955, e-mailing , or downloading loan applications at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Small Business Working Capital Loans
Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development has set up resources to help small businesses including working capital loans. More information and contact information for DCED is available at https://dced.pa.gov/resources/
Governor Wolf ordered Commonwealth schools closed for the remainder of the academic year while virtual instruction continues. The Department of Education provides updates and educational-related resources (click here) on their website. Below are links to school district-specific information:
Voting & Elections:
Pennsylvania's Primary Election has been delayed from April 28 to June 2. In-person voting will still be allowed on June 2nd, but mail-in voting is newly available in Pennsylvania and its easy to apply. Go to www.AlleghenyVotes.com to request an application for a mail-in ballot. As long as you mail your ballot by May 26th you do not need to vote in person on Election Day.
Links / Phone Numbers for Government Services:
- File for unemployment compensation: bit.ly/3a2qARW
- Report eviction: on.pa.gov/AGcomplaint
- Talk mental health: Text PA to 741-741
- Apply for Medicaid: on.pa.gov/compass
- Apply for SNAP: on.pa.gov/compass
- Apply for WIC: Call 1-800-942-9467
- Get help with home heating: on.pa.gov/LIHEAP
- Sign up to vote by mail ballot: VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot
- Report price gouging: on.pa.gov/price-gouging
- Get answers to tax questions: revenue-pa.custhelp.com
- Credit/mortgage/rent advice: on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp
- Learn about school closures: education.pa.gov/COVID19
- Access driver services: dmv.pa.gov/online-services
- Connect with professional license services: www.pals.pa.gov
- Receive health/safety text alerts: on.pa.gov/AlertPA
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