Refugee Assistance Fund

Provide support for your newest neighbor by meeting their most urgent and pressing needs.

Give where it matters most.

With our country currently in a State of Emergency it is a scary and unprecedented time for many–especially those who do not speak the language and are not familiar with American culture, governmental and medical systems.

Since 2017, it has been our mission at Hello Neighbor to provide support for recently resettled refugees and their families in Pittsburgh, and that work is more essential than ever before.

With the spreading of the COVID-19 virus our team has been working around the clock to respond to the pressing needs and concerns of the families we serve. They are anxious and uncertain of what is ahead; they have lost work and wages and are concerned about how they will pay their bills, rent, and provide food for their families.

We are doing all that we can to connect our families to the resources available to them, but there is still much work to be done and we need your help.

The Refugee Assistance Fund

The Hello Neighbor Refugee Assistance Fund (RAF) was established to provide refugee families in Pittsburgh with direct cash assistance to support their most critical needs in times of crisis.

When you donate to RAF, 100% of the funds go directly to resettled refugees and their families.

Mohamad lost his job at a downtown hotel mid-March. He was immediately concerned about paying rent for April and taking care of his family of 6. He has been rebuilding his life and unable to start an emergency fund or save any money while earning minimum wage. Through the constant support of his Hello Neighbor mentor, Mohamad was able to apply for unemployment, apply for a new job, and apply for rent assistance from the city.

Our core mentorship program remains strong in the midst of COVID-19 and our mentors and staff continue to provide support to the families we serve. This guidance is essential, but it alone is not enough. With so many facing financial hardship in a short time period, our refugee families are still in need of critical financial support to help regain a sense of stability in this stressful and uncertain time.

How You Can Make A Difference

In the past this fund has helped our families pay rent and avoid eviction and purchase mandatory uniforms for school or work. It has paid for job development and training, and has covered the cost of childcare when both parents are working and have no one to watch the kids.

Right now this money will go toward helping those who have been hit hardest by the economic repercussions of COVID-19. Families who apply will receive a $250 stipend to put toward paying rent and utility bills, purchasing discounted laptops to meet their children’s remote online learning needs, supplying food, and purchasing baby supplies for mothers and their newborns.

How It Works

  • Families enrolled in one of Hello Neighbor’s programs can apply for financial assistance
  • Families can choose from one of five categories for funds to be alloted to: rent assistance, utilities, educational needs, food, or baby supplies.
  • Once they submit their application (often with the help and guidance of a mentor or interpreter), Hello Neighbor will review applications and distribute funds accordingly.
  • Each family unit is eligible for up to $250 in assistance and is only eligible to apply once.
  • Applicants will be asked to confirm where funds were spent within 30 days of receiving the financial assistance.

You can make a difference in the lives of your refugee neighbors in crisis by providing them with the strength and stability they need to make it through this trying time. Give your support where it’s needed most and let’s keep caring and keep fighting this battle together as neighbors.