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 serves approximately 3,000 individuals and families each year, connecting them to a full range of supports to address emergency and basic needs. Through our various outreach programs, the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and Hazelwood YMCAs provide support through services focused on critical areas, such as child welfare, community health, job training, environmental education, quality of life, and family services. 

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.

Assistance with benefits applications via COMPASS, Benefit Bank, and other web-based portals including:

  • 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
  • through the United Way.


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.

Get Immediate Help in a Crisis

• In case of emergency, call 911
• Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 // CALL or TEXT 
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or TEXT: 8388255
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (en Espanol): 1-888-628-9454
• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
• National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org/help1-800-950-6264 or info@nami.org
• National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 // CALL or TEXT 
• National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
• Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
• The Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116
• Mental Health America
• Mental Health Treatment Facilities Locator
• Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Locator

Pittsburgh Grief Resources

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mental health is an important part of your overall health and well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.

People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency. Mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior in a way that influences their ability to relate to others and function each day. These conditions may be situational (short-term) or long-lasting (chronic). People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. If you think you have new or worse symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Free and confidential resources can also help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.