Through a variety of financial assistance programs, SHIM helps individuals solve problems, set future goals, and achieve financial wellness.

SHIM desires to see all families thrive and provides a holistic approach to meet each family’s needs.
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We help individuals and families move toward self-sufficiency by addressing underlying challenges and obstacles, beyond basic needs.
Steps to Success

Interested in taking the next step in your career? Or ready to develop a plan to pay off debts? SHIM service coordinators can help you identify financial and employment goals. Through education and training, along with nurturing support from coordinators, you can gain higher earnings and build a strong future.

Contact us today to see if you qualify.
Email: assistance@shimcares.org
Call: (412) 854-9120 ext 104

Or apply now by clicking on the button below:

Employment Services

In partnership with North Hills Community Outreach and Jewish Family & Community Services, SHIM provides career help to Allegheny County residents through the United Way funded program WorkABLE. We’ll help you navigate a path towards fulfilling employment.

Financial Assistance

SHIM offers a wide array of financial assistance programs, including emergency hardship grants, transportation aid,  and tax help. Our wraparound services help individuals and families solve problems and regain economic stability.

Contact us to see how we can help.
Email: assistance@shimcares.org
Call: (412) 854-9120 ext 107.

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Utility Assistance

SHIM can help you pay down utility bills thanks to local partnerships. Find out if you qualify for an emergency hardship grant through the Dollar Energy Fund, or if other programs can help you manage your gas, water, electric and sewage bills.

Contact Molly Penderville today to see if you qualify.
Email: mpenderville@shimcares.org
Call: (412) 854-9120 ext 108.

You can also apply for several assistance programs online:

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is open yearly from November-March to assist with heating bills. Apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome.

LIHWAP (Low Income Household Water Assistance Program) is now open to help families pay water bills. Income eligibility for the program is 150% of the poverty level, and grant amounts range from $25 to $2,500. This program is designed to help prevent termination or restore service, so households must be in arrears to be eligible for a grant. Households can apply for a separate grant on water and sewage bills if they are responsible for both.
Apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome.

You can now apply or check your eligibility for several Dollar Energy Fund programs online at https://www.hardshiptools.org/MyApp/.

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Emergency Rental Assistance

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) ended on March 31, 2022. As a result, SHIM is no longer able to assist with this program.

For assistance with previously submitted ERAP applications, please contact Action Housing at 412-248-0021 or email rentalassistance@actionhousing.org.

Due to high participation in the program, response time for a call back is 7-10 days. You should expect a response to your email within 5 days.

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SHIM envisions a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Our comprehensive programs help neighbors gain employment, transportation, and financial literacy, empowering them to build strong families and healthy communities.

Additional Assistance

Not sure what you’re looking for? Contact us at assistance@shimcares.org or 412-854-9120 ext. 107.

Learn more about the impact of SHIM’s financial wellness programs: