Hope For All


Assistance is available

Today, we are changing our model to become a more inclusive, purpose-driven entity. One built to ensure everyone in every community has equal opportunity.

Hope For All is a project of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh to connect households in the Pittsburgh area to benefit programs and other supportive services. The program is funded by a grant from the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.


  • Access to Federal and Public Benefits: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Health Insurance Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) PA Rent Rebate + Additional benefits.
  • Direct and Referral Services: Food pantries Healthcare enrollment Housing Dollar Energy Fund Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form preparation + Additional services.
  • Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing: Available for eligible taxpayers Service provided by IRS-certified volunteers Available at the YMCA through the United Way
  • Access to YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Programming: Membership through Y For All Child Care and Before and After School Enrichment Programs Summer Day Camp Health and wellness programs Chronic disease prevention


10 – 10:45AM

10:45 – 11:30AM
11:30AM – 12:15PM
12:45 – 1:30PM
1:30 – 2:15PM
2:15 – 3PM



  • Online job applications
  • Filing for unemployment
  • Completing housing applications
  • Completing paperwork for social security, etc. 
  • Assisting people to apply for their clearances for volunteer purposes and employment purposes
  • Going onsite to provide services to groups of people such as rent rebates at the highrises

Homewood Assitance: Contact Ericka Shelton  412 477 2617

Hazelwood Assistance: Contact Ericka Shelton  412 477 2617Lisa R Reihl  412 770 4727


Membership For All - YMCA Financial Assistance

Everyone is welcome at the Y. We provide membership and program services to everyone desiring to participate regardless of race, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, disability or income. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh provides financial assistance for children, teens, adults and families who cannot afford the full cost of a Y membership.

We use a sliding fee scale based on total household income, which requires supporting documentation to verify. Recipients are expected to be responsible for a percentage of the membership cost. Qualification for YMCA financial assistance for membership is reviewed every year.

If you need financial assistance, please bring proof of income to your local branch.

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Food Insecurity Programs

Congregate Feeding and Lunch Program

Location: 131 E Elizabeth Street Pittsburgh,PA 15207

Hazelwood Y Fishes and Loaves have partnered to continue offering the Hazelwood YMCA lunch program. Anyone can come for a meal at no cost to them.  They are balanced meals served Monday thru Friday from 12 – 12:45 pm, except holidays. All are welcome. They currently grab and go.

Food Pantry

Location: 134 E Elizabeth Street Pittsburgh, PA 15207

First Saturday of each month in the Spartan Community Center from 10am– 12pm. An average of 120 families (over 400 individuals) are served monthly, including the volunteers, all of whom are eligible as well. Most items distributed are according to family size.  During an average distribution, we generally have shelf-stable food items, frozen meat and about 30% of the distribution is fresh produce.  We also may have bread and baked goods depending on availability.  We try to have nonfood items when available and in the budget or donated. All are welcome. Bring your own bags.

412 Food Rescue Distribution

Location: 895 Johnston Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Second Thursday of each month from 4 pm - 5 pm. This a partnership with 412 Food Rescue and Glen Hazel Community to provide a food distribution within the community. Food items will vary. All are welcome. Bring your own bags.

Hazelwood Assistance - Y Without Walls

The Hazelwood YMCA has been serving community residents since 1971. The branch focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through programs and services that are designed to address issues in their living environment. Programs and services address issues such as literacy, physical activity, healthy eating, and meeting basic needs. The building closed on June 30, 2016. We partnered with various organizations to continue all programming in other spaces. This enabled us to be more centralized to meet the needs of the community.

Hazelwood Assistance: Contact Ericka Shelton  412 477 2617Lisa R Reihl  412 770 4727