We’re Here To Help

We are committed to doing everything we can to help the residents in our communities that might be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). First and foremost, yours and your family’s health are our primary concern. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are able to avoid the effects of this virus.

We believe in the power of community. Now more than ever, those in our community impacted by the Coronavirus need the help of us, their neighbors. We realize for many there’s an economic impact as well. We’ve compiled a list of resources to assist our community as we navigate through adjusting to life with Coronavirus.

Resources

In order to best serve residents with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.

Per Allegheny County, individuals who may be experiencing fear, anxiety, or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to speak with someone to assist in emotional support:

Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN)
10:00 a.m. – Midnight
1-866-661-WARM (9726)

resolve Crisis Services
24 hours/7 days a week
1-888-796-8226

Additionally, those seeking other services not listed may find assistance by calling 211 or visiting pa211sw.org.

For General Assistance: The United Way helpline (help connecting to all kinds of resources), call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 or visit their website. 

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If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.

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  • Food Stamps (SNAP): Apply for Food Stamps and get answers about eligibility:
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: 412-460-FOOD (3663)
  • (NEW) Map of Food Distribution Sites in Allegheny County: Learn More
  • SFPP & TEFAP: Anyone who is currently out of work due to COVID-19 and currently has NO income is eligible for SFPP and TEFAP using the self declaration of need form. On the self-declaration of need form, they can simply circle $0 as they have no income. However, they should be advised that if/when their income resumes, they would need to fill out new paperwork and declare that if they intend to continue to obtain food through these programs. Learn More + Apply

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.  The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

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Housing Stabilization Program: The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program provided by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh that provides one-time or short term (up to 3 months) financial assistance to households who are facing a temporary, non-reoccurring housing crisis. A limited amount of funding is also available for homeowners to assist with mortgage payments.

City of Pittsburgh residents in need of rental, utility or mortgage assistance should contact United Way 2-1-1. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages.

United Way can be contacted through one of the following:


The PA Housing Alliance is keeping an updated list of housing resources that includes mortgage loss mitigation and financial bridge loans, among other information.

With schools closed and so many people now working from home due to the threat of Coronavirus, Comcast is making WiFi hotspots available for free and have taken steps to connect low-income families to the Internet at home

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Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar, a new independent project hosted on Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Ethics and Policy website is aiming to alleviate some of that financial stress on service industry workers that rely on tips. Get on the list and/or give someone a tip. 

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Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

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Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is providing grants for people who work as Bartenders.

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Pittsburgh artists have created a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe called the “PGH Artists Emergency Fund,” and are accepting donations to provide at least $250 per artist to help relieve the costs due to canceled gigs and jobs.

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Resources for Pittsburgh’s small business community provided by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

  • Governor Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Business Owners (Updated 3/25/20)
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration will provide assistance for Pennsylvania businesses and eligible non-profits to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing, via Economic Injury Disaster Loans. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 impact. The application process is to-be-announced.
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Guide to plan and respond to COVID-19
  • Honeycomb Credit is offering the Honeycomb Relief Loan program to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These loans up to $50,000 will offer a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period. Honeycomb is also streamlining its diligence process, accelerating the speed that it launches campaigns onto its platform, and reducing fees across the board.
  • The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has a list of contacts and resources that are available to assist affected businesses.
  • The Allegheny Conference and its affiliate organizations created the Pittsburgh Region Response to COVID-19 webpage, full of information and resources available across local government, corporate, philanthropic, university and non-profit communities.
  • The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is holding a free webinar on the “Employer Response to the Coronavirus” on Thursday, March 19. It also has a helpful business resource page.
  • The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence is offering a webinar on coronavirus resources and relief for small businesses on Friday, March 20. Registration will be made available here.
  • Chatham University Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is offering services, including counseling sessions and technical assistance, by telephone.
  • Google is offering guidance for small businesses, including how to communicate with your customers and employees, how to effectively work from home, and how to modify advertising, among other topics.
  • Facebook has a Small Business Grants Program that offers $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) is offering its free, one-on-one, professional financial counseling virtually. The FEC helps clients take control of their debt, deal with debt collectors, improve their credit, create a budget, save, connect to safe and affordable financial products, and much more.

Current Brandywine Communities Residents

Even though our Rental Office is closed, we’re only a phone call away. Please reach out to us if you need assistance related to your rental account. Our Rental Office team is standing by to review your account and potential options to help during this time.

We recently announced we’re waiving credit and debit card convenience fees for payments made online and by phone. We’ll even give you $100 if you enroll in recurring ACH payments. Learn more about our COVID-19 response efforts via our Alerts page.

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