Refugee Assistance Fund

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

Give where it matters most.

We’re so close to reaching our goal of raising $75,000! Every dollar you donate goes directly to refugee families impacted by COVID-19. Will you help us reach our goal?

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.

From the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., our team has been working around the clock to respond to the pressing needs and concerns of the families we serve. As Allegheny County moves into the green phase and people begin to transition back into their normal way of life, it is important to remember that for refugee families who’ve been impacted by COVID-19, the need does not change once restictions are lifted. Parents are still out of work and struggling to provide for their families, pay their bills and put food on the table. Children are still navigating remote learning without the resources they need.

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 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 per application window.
  • Applicants will be asked to confirm where funds were spent within 30 days of receiving the financial assistance.

Your Generosity Is Making A Difference

Together, thanks to generous supporters like you and our partners at The Pittsburgh Foundation, SteelTree Fund, Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, and USA for UNHCR, we have been able to distribute checks of $250 to 95 refugee families in Pittsbugh to help meet their most critical needs!

Our first round of applications took place from April 1st - April 15th. After reviewing applicants, checks were mailed out to families at the end of the month.

Thanks to your continued generosity, we are able to open up a secont round of applications for families who are still struggling to rebuild in the wake of this pandemic. Our second round of applications for the Refugee Assistance Fund will be open from June 1st - June 15th, and checks will be distributed to all eligible candidates on June 18th.

These funds help refugee families 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.


“Thank you very much. This really matters for my family and makes us feel like we are not alone.” - Ahmad, Refugee Assistance Fund Recipient