A message from the HACP regarding COVID-19
(Updated: July 6, 2020)
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. This includes the suspension of rent-related evictions.
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.
What We’re Doing
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. During the school year, we brought Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Grab ‘n Go meal program directly to three of our communities. Now that it’s summer, we are working with Citiparks to do the same with their Summer Food Service Program’s Grab ‘n Go meals. Tens of thousands of meals have been delivered to residents, 36,000 in May alone, 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.
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 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.
- HACP has issued an immediate suspension of all rent-related evictions. If you are an HACP resident and have experienced a change in income, please complete and submit this Income Reduction Request. Be sure to hit “Submit” at the bottom of the form. Additionally, please send verification of income to: LowIncomePublicHousing@hacp.org (for Public Housing) or email@example.com (for Section 8).
- If you have any questions or concerns about the form or change of income policy, contact your site management office or the HACP Hotline: 412-456-5111.
- HACP has partnered with the URA and the City of Pittsburgh to introduce HARP: the Housing Assistance Resource Portal. This portal centralizes housing resources for Pittsburgh residents.
- People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes Renters and homeowners can now find the application for financial assistance from the CARES Act on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)‘s website. Applications can be submitted starting Monday, July 6, 2020.
- The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a pamphlet for tenants that includes helpful information about eviction prevention.
- The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is accepting applications for its Rental Assistance programs.
- The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh offers financial assistance programs that include eviction prevention.
- 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 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.
- Citiparks is distributing food through its Summer Food Service Program with Grab ‘n Go meals.
- Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace (BJWL) summer camps will begin July 20th in four HACP communities: Arlington Heights, Bedford Dwellings, Homewood North, and Northview Heights. The camp will last all day, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information, find the camp location you’re interested in below and call the corresponding contact person.
- Arlington Heights: Lori Strothers, 412-301-3090
- Bedford Dwellings: Kayla Strothers, 412-294-8462
- Homewood North: Andrea Collington, 412-689-9601
- Northview Heights: Shanequa Crook, 412-737-9417
- Thrive 18 will also be hosting a summer camp at 1710 Belleau Drive from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will post more information as it becomes available.
- HUD has partnered with ABCmouse to offer a free online early childhood education program to low-income families. You can read more here.
- For essential workers seeking childcare, the Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care has published a long and comprehensive list of state-level information and resources.
- The Children’s Museum has put together an extensive list of virtual activities to families to enjoy.
- The Museum Computer Network compiled a comprehensive guide to virtual museum resources, e-learning, and online collections.
- The Association of Science and Technology Centers has provided a catalog remote programs from science centers and museums.
- The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has made virtual activities and live streams available online.