This page collects together a number of resources and information for folks in western PA that are facing financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Please share with your friends and family widely so we can help one another through this crisis!
On September 4th, the Allegheny County courts issued an order to help those that may be facing eviction solely for loss of income during the pandemic. The order is good until at least December 31st and has two parts:
I am not a lawyer and unfortunately cannot provide legal advice; if you have any questions about this, I encourage you to speak with a lawyer -- if you get a referral from the Allegheny County Bar Association Referral Service, you can usually get a free 30 minute consultation to ask questions about what to do and determine if you may want to hire a lawyer to represent you. To get a referral, visit www.getapittsburghlawyer.com or call 412-261-5555.
For folks that need help paying bills or getting food, a number of programs exist via the county and state. Please apply as soon as possible as the funds may be limited!
Rent Help PGH can help you determine which programs might be right for you.
These programs are better than nothing but do not solve the problems for good. The CDC orders only delay eviction; debt is still piling up for renters and it will be difficult to pay it back without broader help.
This is why I support a broader Green New Deal policy as envisioned by the Green Party. This plan includes establishing an economic bill of rights to a good job that pays a living wage, housing, healthcare, and education. It creates debt forgiveness programs and jobs in green infrastructure and renewable energy so we can jump start our economy into a new prosperous era while at the same time cleaning our air and water and protecting the planet.