Housing and Basic Needs

Analysis and research about housing and homelessness in our region, including shelter usage, annual counts of the homeless population, rental assistance programs, eviction and housing displacement.
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Frequent Utilizers of Services in Allegheny County

What are these reports about? Nationally and locally, policymakers and practitioners are interested in the people who frequently use publicly funded services, particularly crisis services. Most people who use crisis […]

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COVID-19 and Employment of Human Services Clients

Analysis of employment and earnings of people who rely on the public services of Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services.

Needs Assessment of Economic Security

In this 2021 report, less than half of survey respondents were satisfied with their ability to meet their family’s everyday basic needs.

Impacts of Housing Displacement on the Residents of Bethesda-Homewood Properties

In October 2017, more than 200 residents of predominantly Black neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s East End were told that their rental subsidy would end within a month. This report looks at the impact of forced displacement and what types of social supports can help.

Data-Driven Efforts to Improve Housing Coordination for People Experiencing Homelessness

Allegheny County established a coordinated entry system to prioritize the most vulnerable homeless clients to get them into housing as quickly as possible.

Veterans in Allegheny County’s Homeless Services System

The number of Veterans entering homeless assistance programs in Allegheny County consistently declined from 2014 through 2018. This report looks at details on demographics, housing program types and involvement with other County services.

Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness: Annual Reports

Reports about Allegheny County’s annual count of homelessness in the region.

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Community Need Index

The Allegheny County Need Index was developed to identify areas of the County that have greater relative need. This report and related materials explore census tracts in need and recent trends.

Performance of Programs in the Allegheny County Homeless System: Interactive Dashboard

This dashboard displays information about the performance of homeless system providers in Allegheny County. Dashboard users can select a system-level view or explore particular program types to see how providers are meeting performance benchmarks.

Community Feedback from Allegheny County Residents During COVID-19

Input from community members is vital to the work that DHS does. Two reports describe feedback collected about residents’ needs and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eviction Cases in Allegheny County

Allegheny County wanted to learn more about evictions in the region. A data report details numbers of cases filed, who is winning the cases, and how evictions affect low-income tenants.

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Improving Prioritization of Housing Services: Implementation of the Allegheny Housing Assessment

Allegheny County, like many communities across the country, does not have sufficient long-term supportive housing to serve every person or family meeting the criteria for homelessness. Although the County’s Continuum […]

Allegheny County DHS Plan for COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ (DHS) goals, the types and volume of services we deliver in partnership with our network of […]