(Updated: February 10, 2022)
HACP has instituted a number of operational changes to help ensure the safety of residents, staff and the general public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the interest of public safety, we are limiting in-person interactions. All regular services and staff are available via phone and email. HACP has also initiated a variety of measures to prevent spread of virus, including daily sanitization procedures of public offices and common spaces in our communities and requiring staff to wear masks in common areas.
Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked to ensure that our core services are maintained during this period and responding to requests for information as quickly as possible. HACP will continue to process HAP payments, rent increases, move-ins, RFTAs, annual recertification, interim re-certifications and contracts for our landlords.
With more people receiving unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, we understand there are questions about housing eligibility. Individual stimulus checks and the $600 of unemployment benefits from the CARES Act are not counted when determining eligibility. Unemployment benefits received from the State of Pennsylvania are counted. For more information about eligibility, visit our Eligibility Requirements page.
We will also have staff available to address questions and concerns from residents of either HACP public housing or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) clients. Please continue to read for additional information and contact information.
For Updates During COVID-19, Resident Information Line: 412-643-2797
For Emergency Maintenance: 412-456-5226
For all other concerns, call the HACP Hotline: 412-456-5111
COVID-19 is an evolving situation. The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) is monitoring the situation and following the guidelines outlined by the Allegheny Health Department, Center for Disease Control, PA Department of Health, as well as working closely with our City Officials.
In the interest of public safety, we are limiting in-person interactions and have made staff available via phone and email. Those able to work remotely are doing so to ensure we can continue to provide service to our residents, clients, and business partners. Appropriate measures have been taken to keep our staff safe while we continue our operations. These include: implementing temperature checks and providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff; moving meetings and trainings online; regular cleaning of office space and common areas, and posting public health signage.
To keep our residents safe and healthy, our RSS program has continued to provide service to our communities to the best of their ability, referring people to helpful resources and stabilizing emergency situations. Evictions have been paused excluding those with major public safety concerns.
Food access has been a major concern nationwide, and we have worked with partners like 412 Food Rescue, Pittsburgh Public Schools, the USDA, Citiparks, and food providers to deliver and distribute food to as many residents as possible. Tens of thousands of meals have been delivered to residents each month and we plan to continue those efforts.
The influx of funds from the CARES Act has allowed us to expedite long-standing goals when it comes to the digital divide. We have worked with Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide more than 800 students with laptops and wireless internet so their learning can continue remotely. As the situation continues, we will continue to work with community partners to bridge the digital divide for our residents and meet any other needs they may have.
Additionally, funds from the American Rescue Plan Act have allowed us to keep residents in their homes, prevent evictions, and combat homelessness. To date, we have disbursed over $450,000 in rental assistance and eviction prevention, and helped dozens of families find emergency housing. You can learn more about our efforts to help residents come current at hacp.org/come-current. You can learn more about our Emergency Housing Voucher program at hacp.org/emergency-housing-vouchers.
To minimize service disruptions to our business partners, we will continue to process operations like rent increases, move-ins, RFTAs, annual re-certifications, interim re-certifications, and contracts. For more information on business concerns, visit our Landlord Resources page.
As the situation continues and develops, we will evaluate our operations to ensure we are providing the best service possible while protecting the health of our staff, residents, clients, partners, and communities.
Until further notice, our offices are closed. Please contact us over phone or email.
To contact us, call one of the following numbers:
Emergency Maintenance: 412-456-5226
HACP Hotline: 412-456-5111
Residents of HACP managed properties can continue to direct questions or concerns to their site management team.
If you are a landlord, you can visit our landlord resources page here.
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COVID-19 is a quickly changing situation and it’s important to get accurate and up-to-date information. The best place to get information is from health officials at the local, state, and federal level, including:
The U.S. Government is now providing FREE N95 masks andat-home COVID-19 tests.
Masks: You can obtain N95 masks at pharmacies like CVS, Health Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart, as well as community health centers. Each person is eligible to receive three (3) free masks.
Tests: You can order your at-home COVID-19 tests by visiting COVIDtests.gov or calling 1-800-232-0233. Each household is eligible to receive four (4) free tests.
Curative is also working with Allegheny County to provide mobile walk-up testing sites. Check their website for locations and availability.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for anyone five (5) years or older, and boosters are approved for anyone 12 years or older. It can be challenging and confusing to navigate the process, so we’ve listed information and resources below to help. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has a vaccine dashboard on their website, where you can learn about the vaccine and find local providers. You can also call the PA Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.
Allegheny County has set up a helpful website to find and make an appointment at county vaccination sites.
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If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, Ask a Pharmacist from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy has a helpful Facts and Myths video, which you can watch below:
Part of our COVID-19 response has been listening to residents and centering their voices. Together with Gateway Health Plan and Dr. Rhonda Moore-Jackson, we talked with residents about their COVID-19 experiences and its impact on children. You can hear their stories below:
The Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center has compiled an extensive list of resources for people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with everything from resources for unemployment compensation to resources about insurance issues, You can find the full list of resources here. More resources are listed below. There is also more information and resources on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced an eviction moratorium. To be eligible under this order, you must submit a declaration to your landlord. You can find and download that declaration here.
Allegheny County is now accepting applications for the Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The flyers below walk you through the application process, as well as show where drop-in application centers are across the city. You can find more information, additional resources, and apply on their COVID Rent Relief page.If you are unable to access the internet or need assistance with completing the application, please contact ACTION-Housing at 412-248-0021 or email@example.com.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Stabilization Program provides up to 3 months housing assistance to renters facing a temporary housing crisis who do not make more than 50% of the area median income or homeowners facing a temporary housing crisis who do not make more than 80% of the area median income.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a pamphlet for tenants that includes helpful information about eviction prevention.
If you need legal assistance, you can call the Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) at 412-255-6700
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is conducting appointments and accepting new participants. You can complete a pre-application by visiting their website. If you have any questions, call 412-350-5801.
Allegheny County, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and 412 Food Rescue developed an interactive map of free food distribution sites.
The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank is still providing food through altered distribution and Grab & Go meals.
JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry is continuing food distribution at this time. Call 412-421-2708.for more information and watch their website for updates.
The University of Pittsburgh IT Help Desk is providing free technological support to regional residents who need help with remote learning. They are open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. You can call them at 412-383-0805 or visit their website.