Local Agencies Join Forces To Help With Rent, Mortgage and Utility Payments

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
March 20, 2020 - 2:59 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh’s (URA) Board of Directors this afternoon approved a new program for households at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) who have been affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Housing Stabilization Fund is designed to provide short-term assistance to workers who have experienced a reduction in hours and are facing a financial hardship to pay rent and utilities. 

Beginning Monday, March 23, households in need of rental, mortgage payment, and/or utility assistance, specifically because their work hours were cut due to COVID-19, may call the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh at 412.227.4163 to be screened for assistance. 

To qualify for the COVID-19 Housing Stabilization Fund, households must: 

  • Be employed, recently employed, or self-employed and experiencing a reduction in hours or a layoff due to the employer reducing/eliminating work hours or the loss of contract work as a public health precaution related to the COVID-19 virus; Documentation from the employer is required 
  • Experience a financial hardship and inability to pay rent, mortgage payment(s) or utilities 
  • Be located in the City of Pittsburgh 

For additional eligible activities and requirements, please visit the URA’s Housing Stabilization Program guidelines on the Housing Opportunity Fund programs page. 

Please visit the URA's COVID-19 resource page for updates.  

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