Campus Resources

Pitt Police

For immediate emergencies, call the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 or dial 9-1-1

Visit the Pitt Police Web site for more information.

University Counseling Center

Connect students to the primary mental health service at the University of Pittsburgh.

Visit the University Counseling Center Web site for more information.

Phone: 412-648-7930

After-Hours Counseling Phone Numbers:

  • General Mental Health Crisis Response:  412-648-7930
  • Sexual Assault Response: 412-648-7856
Helping Students in Distress

The PittCares Brochure

Highlights the ways that faculty and staff can help students in distress.
Visit The PittCares Brochure for more information.

Self-Care Strategies

5 self-care strategies for personal well-being
Visit the Self-care strategies for more information.

Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Distressed Students

This resource from the University Counseling Center provides guidelines to assisting a student in distress.
Visit the Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Distressed Students for more information.

Disability Resources and Services

Help students find reasonable accommodations and resources.

Visit the Disability Resources and Services Web site for more information.

Phone: 412-648-7890

Food Resources

Pitt Pantry

The Pitt Pantry is open to all Pitt students with a valid Pitt ID. They provide food and basic necessities, such as toothpaste free of charge

Learn more about the Pitt Pantry.

Pitt Food Share Group

Events on campus often have extra food. As a way to remain sustainable and help students facing food insecurity, members of the community often share when there is extra food available

Join the Pitt Food Share Group.

Meal Scholarships

The Meal Scholarship Program is a new initiative from the Campus Basic Needs Committee, designed to provide an additional short-term food resource for students facing food insecurity caused by an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances. The Meal Scholarship Committee is composed of student support staff from The Office of PittServes, CARS Team, Panther Central, and OAFA.

Learn more about the Meal Scholarships and apply.

Pitt and Community Assistance Resources

A resource list for students seeking housing, health, and/or food assistance at the University of Pittsburgh.

Visit the Pitt Community and Resources for more information.


Community Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone number: 1-800-273-8255

Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges and make a successful transition to adulthood.
Visit the Jed Foundation Web site for more information.

Crisis Hotlines

Allegheny County Information/Referral/Emergency Services:

24-hour service for help with MH/MR/D&A emergencies

Phone: 412-350-4457

Web Site:

re:solve Crisis Network:

Answers 24 hours per day for emergency mental health counseling and access to mobile mental health assistance, walk-in service available

Phone: 1-888-YOU-CAN or 1-888-796-8226

Web Site:

Area Agency on Aging Protective Services:

24-hour hotline to report abuse, exploitation, and neglect of older adults. Also assists with issues involving self-neglect and abandonment.

Phone: 412-350-6905 or 1-800-344-4319 or 1-800-490-8505

Web Site:

24-Hour Hotlines to Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect in Pennsylvania:

ChildLine: 1-800-932-0313

Allegheny County DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families: 412-473-2000

Web Site:

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape:

24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy for victims of sexual assault

Phone: 1-866-363-7273

Web Site:

Center for Victims Hotline:

24-hour support and crisis intervention, advocacy, and counseling for individuals, communities, schools, and the workplace

Phone: 412-482-3240 or 1-866-644-2882

Web Site:

United Way 211 Southwest:

Information and referral services providing problemsolving and referrals to over 8500 health and human services

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1-888-5535778

Web Site:

Alle-Kiski HOPE Center:

Phone: 1-888-299-HOPE or 1-888-299-4673

Web Site:

Crisis Center North:

Phone: 412-364-5556 or 1-866-782-0911

Web Site:

Woman's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh:

Phone: 412-687-8005

Web Site:

Center for Victims:

Phone: 1-866-644-2882

Web Site:

Womanspace East, Inc.:

Phone: 412-765-2661

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12 Step Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Meetings in Western Pennsylvania

Web Site:

Narcotics Anonymous:

Meetings in Western Pennsylvania

Web Site:

Emergency Housing and Shelter Options

Wood Street Commons (Community Human Services)

301 Third Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-765-2532, Contact for more information;

  1. The Shelter program:

    Assists in finding safe and affordable housing, obtaining income and providing health care and education.

  2. Bridge Housing:

    Provides moderately structured support to 15 individuals with chronic mental illness who also have a history of being resistant to treatment and have been or are at imminent risk of being homeless. The on-site staff provides a variety of support, including assistance with daily living skills, care management, service coordination, and medication monitoring and health and wellness services.

  3. Work toward Sustainability from Crisis:

    Residents enrolled in this permanent housing program receive assistance with room and board, care management, supportive counseling, daily live skills training, medication monitoring, and referral to local resources. The program also creates Opportunities for celebration, socialization and skills building.

Allegheny Link:

for emergency shelter after 5pm at 1-866-730-2368: If you are currently homeless or about to become homeless and are looking for shelter or a housing program, please call Allegheny Link at 1-866-730-2368.


Action Housing:

611 William Penn Place, Suite 800; Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-281-2102

Assists in locating affordable housing.


Allegheny County Housing Authority:

625 Stanwix Street, 12th floor; Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-355-8940

Assists in locating affordable housing.


Allegheny County Bureau of Hunger and Housing Services

Phone: 412-350-4354
This is an area homeless resource.


Housing Authority of Pittsburgh:

200 Ross Street, Suite 9; Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-456-5000

Provides publicly assisted housing comprised of traditional public housing, scattered sites and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8).


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh:

212 9th Street; Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-456-6999

Nonprofit organization that provides housing assistance


CHS (Community Human Services) Homeless Assistance Program:

1945 Fifth Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-246-1640

CHS will assist individuals and families in a housing crisis to obtain and remain in housing.


The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh:

2840 Liberty Avenue, Suite 205; Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-391-2535

Provides housing advocacy and comprehensive housing counseling services.


Shelters for Men and Women

East End Cooperative Ministry:

6140 Station Street; Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-361-5549

Emergency shelter provides a refuge for the night, case management, breakfast and dinner as well as a shower and laundry services for men and women older than 18. Individuals can stay in the Emergency Shelter for up to 60 days.


Wood Street Commons (Community Human Services):

301 Third Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-246-1651

The Shelter Program provides homeless individuals with a short term housing solution and the opportunity to transition into more permanent housing solutions through individualized service coordination and care management. For more information contact Trish Romano at


Shelters for Men

Light of Life Rescue Mission:

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: 412-258-6100

Emergency men’s shelter.


Pleasant Valley Shelter for Men:

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: 412-321-4272

Men’s shelter with 25 beds. Hours are 8:00 pm to 8:00 am with dinner and a cereal breakfast served.


Shelters for Women

Bethlehem Haven Women’s Shelter:

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-391-1348

Twenty five bed shelter that provides dinner. The hours are 7:30pm-8:00am.


YMCA Women’s Homeless Services:

Wilkinsburg, PA 15222

Phone: 412-371-2723

This shelter offers employment training, referrals and basic life skills training for homeless woman.


Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh:

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Phone: 412-687-8005

This is a domestic violence shelter only and provides counseling and services to victims of domestic violence. The center offers individual counseling, referrals, laundry and bathing facilities and many other services.



Salvation Army Family Crisis Shelter:

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-362-0891

This shelter serves single women, men and women with children and youth ages 18-21. It has twenty five beds and offers meals, referrals and has laundry and bathing facilities.


Veteran Housing Services

Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home:

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-281-1305

This facility offers transitional housing for veterans.


Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard: 

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-363-0500

Provides housing assistance for Veterans.

Food Resources

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank bridges communities and resources throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to help neighbors overcome food insecurity and lead happy, healthy lives.
Learn more about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank