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Resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak

The following is a list of resources available for small business owners, workers, residents and neighbors in need of assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak. This list will be updated periodically. If you have a suggestion feel free to reach out via email at sam@bloomfieldpgh.org or phone at 412.681.8800

If you require a service not found here you can call 211 or go to pa211sw.org

For Residents:

Emergency Food Assistance

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture put together a guide on how to access emergency food assistance during COVID-19 mitigation. Read more here.

Free Food Distribution Sites

This map shows free food distribution sites in Allegheny County. View the map here.

Childcare Providers

While many childcare sites are not currently operating the PA Department of Human Services wants to be sure the essential and life sustaining workers are still able to access childcare. This map will show you childcare centers that are currently operating.

Unemployment Compensation

If you are unable to work due to the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak, Pennsylvania has recently updated its Unemployment Compensation webpage with new information. Now, if your employer temporarily closes, reduces your hours, or you have been told to self-isolate, Pennsylvania is waiving the Work Search and Work Registration requirements and suspending the one-week waiting period. Those eligible can apply online. Find more info here.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000. Find more info and apply here.

Port Authority Transit Pass Reimbursement

Port Authority riders who have purchased monthly or weekly passes but are now being told to stay home are eligible to request reimbursement. By contacting the Port Authority online or via phone at (412) 442-2000, riders can receive a credit for the remaining time on their purchased passes. Find more info here.

Federal Student Loan Payment Suspension

The office of Federal Student Aid is having interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days for all federally held student loans. Additionally, borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. Read more here.

Comcast Internet Services

Xfinity WiFi hotspots, located throughout the city, will be available to anyone for free, even without a subscription. Additionally, no disconnects or late fees will be assessed on current subscribers. For low-income customers, families are eligible to receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. Find more info here.

Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar for Service Workers

Many of us would regularly be patronizing bars, salons, restaurants, and other businesses that have been ordered closed. Even if you are socially isolating, you can help to support our local service industry staff. Consider sending a “tip” to your favorite bartender, server, stylist, aesthetician. A Carnegie Mellon team created this online resource to do just that.

Resources for Artists

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council has created a list of resources for artists in Pittsburgh including their own Emergency Fund for Artists. See the list here.

PPE Connect PGH

PPE Connect PGH was created to connect Pittsburgh area medical providers in need of Personal Protective Equipment with those who have and are willing to donate new, unused PPE. This can include gloves, N95 masks, goggles, etc… Find more information here.

For Small Businesses:

Post-Gazette Restaurant Advertising

In an effort to support restaurants in Pittsburgh the Post-Gazette is offering free ad space to up to 24 restaurants in the March 29th edition. Contact kmcginley@post-gazette.com if interested.

Urban Redevelopment Authority: COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Loan Program

The URA Small Business Assistance Loan can be used for rent, insurance, payroll, and other fixed assets. Loans can be requested up to $15,000. Apply online here.

Small Business Association Disaster Loans

Pennsylvanians are now eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Association. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Find more info and apply online here.

Honeycomb Crowdfunded Small Business Relief Loan

To help deliver the working capital that businesses need, Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods,  6-month interest-only periods and reducing our posting, success, and investor fees. They’re also streamlining their due diligence to connect businesses with local investors as quickly as possible. As always, these loans are community funded via the Honeycomb crowdfunding platform. Apply and get more information here.

Kiva Pittsburgh Small Business Zip Loan

Kiva loans are 0% interest, with no fees! Loans can be up to $10,000, paid back over up to three years. Kiva approves many loans that other lenders would not. Apply and get more information here. Schedule an online meeting here.

Note: Kiva is receiving a larger amount of inquiries than normal and will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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COVID-19 Bloomfield Buddies

Support your neighbors and sign-up to be a buddy!

Per CDC recommendations we are hoping to connect our neighbors in this time of uncertainty. Buddies can simply check-in with their neighbors through a phone call or potentially help them to get resources they may need!

This sign-up link is for neighbors in Bloomfield, Garfield, and Lawrenceville but we’ll do our best to match you with the closest neighbor to you! Neighbors can also reach out by calling (leave a message if no answer): for Lawrenceville, 412-802-7220; for Bloomfield, 412-681-8800; for Garfield, 412-426-5329

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Sign On to Support Bloomfield’s Future

ShurSave is at the heart of the Bloomfield we love.

Echo Realty, the new owner, hasn’t created a clear development plan yet. Our community has a strong neighborhood vision for what an inclusive, equitable development looks like, and the developer asked to learn about this vision in detail.

Sign your name to this statement to support a development that furthers our neighborhood values of equity, inclusion, affordability, and accessibility.

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ShurSave Update

Bloomfield Development Corporation found out earlier this week from the Allegheny County Real Estate Portal that the site sold, and closed on Jan. 15, for $5.78 million.

The new owner is Bloomfield Bridge Associates, LLC, the address of which is a P.O. box in Bethel Park. We can’t find anything else about the identity of the owner in our research this week and we will keep you posted as we learn more. We do know that the new owner is already repairing the busted sidewalk on Ella near the bus stop.

We believe an informed community is a strong community and will keep you posted on anything we learn about the plans for the site.

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88 Penn Bus Stop Consolidation Update

In the past 24 hours BDC listened to more than 30 people in a community meeting share how the elimination of stops will affect the daily lives of transit riders. This morning our executive director Christina Howell spoke in front of the Port Authority board of directors. Her testimony and requests will be posted before the end of the day. Provide your own feedback online at portauthority.org/busstop or by calling 412.442.2000

Community members listening as we discuss the 88 Penn consolidation plans.
A local resident speaking to the board on his concerns about how the stop consolidation plans would affect transit dependent riders.