Hello Neighbor Supports Ukrainians

Hello Neighbor is able to help in the warm welcome of Ukrainians coming to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County who are looking to rebuild their lives.
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Welcoming Our Ukrainian Neighbors

Hello Neighbor has a Ukraine hotline for those seeking assistance.
Please call 412-567-3946, extension 706.

You can also complete our online form.

On April 21, 2022, President Biden introduced Uniting for Ukraine, which provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two year period of parole. So far, the U.S. has welcomed over 100,000 Ukrainian citizens through the following pathways:

Temporary Immigrant Visas 47,000
Private Sponsorship Program 30,000
U.S - Mexico Border (Asylum Seekers) More than 22,000
Traditional refugee system 500
Total Approx. 100,000
Source

Ukrainian Refugee Approval Process

The most unique part of the Ukrainian refugee process is private sponsorship through Uniting for Ukraine called Sponsor Circles. Ukrainians with a U.S.-based sponsor may receive temporary status in the U.S. for two years as a Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee (UHP). UHPs have protected status, so they can live and work in the U.S. Unless another law is passed, UHPs must apply for and win asylum to receive legal permanent residence.

Hello Neighbor can only access Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees (UHP) clients through referrals. That’s where YOU and the broader Pittsburgh community come in!

Do you know a Ukrainian refugee in Pittsburgh? Complete our referral form.


Make A Difference

  • Spread the word - the only way Hello Neighbor is able to support Ukrainian refugees is through referrals. .
  • Become a Supporter through Uniting for Ukraine - If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring a Ukrainian individual or family, the Uniting for Ukraine website has all of the information you need to apply.
  • Become a volunteer with Hello Neighbor - we have a variety of volunteer opportunities, both short and long term with varying levels of commitment.
  • Donate - This is a way to directly support our new neighbors and make Pittsburgh a place we’re all proud to call home!
  • Community Co-Sponsorship is where community groups provide material and social support to resettle a refugee family with support from Hello Neighbor Staff. We are currently seeking three pilot groups of 5-15 people for a 6-month commitment. Email lexie@helloneighbor.io to learn more!

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Who are we able to help?

Hello Neighbor is able to provide service coordination to newly arrived Ukrainian families coming to the United States through the Uniting for Ukraine program. Eligible families are awarded temporary protective status (TPS) as Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees. For more information on eligibility and becoming a Supporter please visit USCIS’ webpage.

Ви українець і потребуєте допомоги?

Are you Ukrainian and seeking support?

Ви є членом громади та прагнете допомогти українцям, що нещодавно приїхали?

Are you a community member seeking to offer support to our new Ukrainian neighbors?

While the Ukrainian Humanitarian Parole program may operate and look differently than many traditional resettlement programs, Hello Neighbor is here to help. Below are some of the services our staff can support you and your family with:

  • ESL Enrollment
  • Welfare
  • Work Authorization Applications
  • School Enrollment
  • Doctors Appointments
  • Employment Support

How is supporting Ukrainians Different?

  • Applicants must have a Supporter that completes an I-134 Declaration for Financial Support. You may hear or see the name “Sponsor” being used synonymously.
  • The expectation with this program is that the Supporter will provide financial assistance, housing and other service provision to the families they are welcoming.
  • Whereas the Hello Neighbor staff receives prior authorization and notification of R&P family arrival, Uniting for Ukraine families are not attached to an agency when they first arrive and it is therefore expected that their Supporters will help with these things
  • Ukrainian families then connect with resettlement agencies for additional service coordination upon arrival.
  • Funding varies by organization but the federal government has agreed to provide financial support  for light service coordination (referrals to medical offices, ESL, employment support) in light of the fact that Supporters have agreed to provide the bulk of each family's immediate needs.
  • Housing is not a major component of this program and is only available in the event that a Supporter is not able to fulfill their obligations.

Updates

As of November 30, 2022 Hello Neighbor has welcomed and enrolled 25 Ukrainians. While things will slow down a bit around the holiday season we are still taking referrals. We have the capacity to offer service coordination for up to 100 new Ukrainians in the new year.

Poster: We Help Ukrainians in Pittsburgh - Visit https://www.helloneighbor.io/ukraine. We offer assistance with ESL, Food Stamps, Medical Insurance, Work Authorization, Doctors Appointments, Employment SupportPoster: We Help Ukrainians in Pittsburgh - Visit https://www.helloneighbor.io/ukraine. We offer assistance with ESL, Food Stamps, Medical Insurance, Work Authorization, Doctors Appointments, Employment Support

Make A Difference

  • - Spread the word - the only way Hello Neighbor is able to support Ukrainian refugees is through referrals.
  • Become a volunteer with Hello Neighbor - We have a variety of volunteer opportunities, both short and long term with varying levels of commitment.
  • Donate - This is a way to directly support our new neighbors and make Pittsburgh a place we’re all proud to call home!
  • Start a Community Co-Sponsorship - Bring the joy of welcoming new neighbors directly to your community group!

Further Reading