If you live in the City of Pittsburgh and are in need of rental, utility, or mortgage assistance, contact United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania 2-1-1 for more information on the Housing Stabilization Program.

The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short term financial assistance to households who are facing a temporary, nonrecurring housing crisis.

One-time funding support includes:

1) Move-in assistance which may include:

  • First month’s rent
  • Last month’s rent
  • Security deposit
  • Utility deposits

2) Utilities in arrears

3) Rent in arrears

4) Mortgage payment (must not have an Act 91 notice)

5) Legal fees

Short-term funding support includes:

1) Rent subsidy, not to exceed three (3) months

2) Mortgage assistance, not to exceed six (6) months

3) Legal services throughout the eviction process

4) Legal fees related to court

Eligibility Requirements:

Apply for Assistance:

By phone:

  • Text your ZIP Code to United Way at 898-211.

  • Dial 211 from your phone.

By chatroom:

There is a chat window that is located in the bottom right corner of the screen of the website: http://pa211sw.org/

By form on United Way’s website:

Go to United Way’s webpage: http://pa211sw.org/. There is a link at the top of the page that says “About us.” Hover over it to view a list of options. Click on “contact us.” From there, you can fill out the form to gain access to a Repre-sentative for services.

Request to Work with Goodwill!

Once you’re approved by 2-1-1, ask to work with Goodwill! Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers additional free support services including GED classes, computer classes, employment help, and much more. Contact Clare Hann at 412-632-1932 or clare.hann@goodwillswpa.org.

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