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Updates from the URA during this time

The URA will continue to meet the needs of City of Pittsburgh residents and businesses during the outbreak of COVID-19. We are following proper precautions for our employees and the public. We realize this pandemic will deeply challenge the lives of our clients, communities and economy, and will do everything we can to help our neighbors.

New program!

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. 

learn more and check eligilbity

Applications open Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Your business can apply through one of these local organizations:

These organizations are also assisting in grant applications:

Duquesne University School of Business' Small Business Development Center, Omicelo Care, Community Forge, Riverside Center for Innovation, and Circles of Greater Pittsburgh

More information on local resources


 

Message from Greg Flisram, Executive Director of the URA

Out of concern for the health and wellness of our employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in support of effective social distancing measures as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Mayor Peduto’s Executive Order, the URA will be implementing virtual work procedures beginning Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Although the 412 Blvd. of the Allies office building is closed to the public and our employees will be working remotely, I want to be clear that essential URA functions will remain fully operational. We have established a work-from-home protocol for all divisions to ensure the needs of URA borrowers and partners are met. URA staff will be online, phone calls received will be forwarded, and meetings will be conducted remotely as necessary. 

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Stay in touch with the URA

Until further notice, and in best interest of public health, the URA will be offering its consumer programs and services virtually.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the URA has extended the closure of its physical offices to the public through April 30. URA employees are currently working remotely. The agency remains fully operational, but we ask for your understanding if response times are slower than normal.

Staff will be online, phone calls will be forwarded, and meetings will be conducted remotely as necessary.

Please check back for updates.

Contact

General:

412.255.6600
COVID19Info@ura.org

Housing:

412.255.6574 

Businesses:

412.255.6669

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COVID-19 Impact

The URA is committed to continue assisting Pittsburgh residents and businesses during COVID-19. Below are some of the ways we have been helping our neighbors to-date.

 

 

Small Business Emergency Loan Fund (ELF)

 

 

Resources for Businesses

Featured Resources

Recovery Loans

The Recovery Loan Fund assists in mitigating the COVID-19 economic impact, and helps small businesses stabilize in the face of these uncertain economic times.

  • Loan Amount: Up to $75,000
  • Interest Rate: 0% for first year, 2% for balance of loan term
  • Deferral Period: 1 year
  • Length of Loan: 7 years
  • Fees: None

Learn more


Tools for the Transition

This resource page is for businesses looking for information regarding funding, regulatory adjustments, innovations and other resources. Learn more about getting online, incentivizing gift card purchases, and utilizing outdoor spaces.

Visit page


Paid Sick Days Act

Effective March 15, the City of Pittsburgh is requiring all businesses to provide employees with Paid Sick Time notice.

Download notice


Green Phase Outdoor Operations

In order to support safe and robust economic activity with physical distancing, the City of Pittsburgh is developing a program to utilize the public rights of way for outdoor commercial operations. The Department is in the process of creating an application, permitting process, and guidelines to request modified sidewalk, parking lane, and street space.

If your business is interested in starting outdoor operations in the Green Phase, please submit as much information as you can provide in this "Street Modification for Outdoor Operations Interest Form."


URA Small Business Emergency Financing Resource


Loyalty Bonds

The URA and Honeycomb Credit partnered to create the Pittsburgh Loyalty Bonds program, a new way for local businesses to smooth out cash flow and engage your customers.

Loyalty Bonds allow you to sell gift cards at a discount right now and gives your customer more reasons to return to your business for years to come. The first 100 Pittsburgh businesses to be accepted into this program will get $0 setup fees and $300 from the URA when you reach your goal.

Learn more


Ready Pittsburgh: A Toolbox for Reopening

Ready Pittsburgh is a toolkit for organizations that contains best practice protocols and guides for various industries as the Pittsburgh region moves to the yellow phase of reopening.


COVID-19: Strategies for Commercial Property Owners & Tenants to Avoid Rent Forbearance Disputes

NAIOP Pittsburgh and the URA developed a guide for property owners and tenants to help in avoiding commercial lease disputes during COVID-19.


Financial and Technical Assistance

COVID-19 Small Business Fund

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected small businesses across Pittsburgh. In response to this, the URA created the COVID-19 Small Business Funds, which include Emergency Loans and Recovery Loans. The funds will assist in mitigating the COVID-19 economic impact, and help small businesses stabilize in the face of these uncertain economic times.


Get Online Grow Online (GOGO) Small Business Program 

*Application period closed May 5, 2020

Learn how to market and sell your products and services online with up to 5 hours of free technical assistance while connecting with similar businesses!

The URA, in partnership with Neighborhood Allies, launched a program to aid businesses in implementing new, creative ways to reach their customers.

The ideal candidate for the GOGO Small Business Program….

  • Is already an existing business
  • Has less than 15 employees
  • Can be categorized as a retail (including personal services) or food/beverage business
  • Is located in: the City of Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Sharpsburg, Millvale, Etna, Mckees Rocks, or Mt. Oliver.

Download Flyer


COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Program 

*Not accepting applications at this time

The URA, through its affiliate Pittsburgh Economic Industrial Development Corporation (PEIDC), is administering the PA Industrial Development Authority's (PIDA) COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Program to eligible City of Pittsburgh businesses.

This program supplies 0% loans for up to $100,000 for working capital expenditures to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone interested in the program should view the application and guidelines here.



Additional Resources for Pittsburgh's small business community

We will continue to update this list as resources become available.

Programs

Paycheck Protection Program

*This program will resume accepting applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

The Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans to qualified Pennsylvanian small businesses experiencing economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 impact.

 

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program

The SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program provides up to $25,000 for survival and/or reopening of business during or immediately following COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh has announced a Coronavirus Financial Bridge Loan Program to provide interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis for up to $5,000 to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, and Armstrong counties who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Honeycomb Relief Loan program

Honeycomb Credit is offering the Honeycomb Relief Loan program to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These loans up to $50,000 will offer a 45-day payment free period and a six-month interest-only period. Honeycomb is also streamlining its diligence process, accelerating the speed that it launches campaigns onto its platform, and reducing fees across the board.

Kiva Loans

The Kiva Pittsburgh program at Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI) helps business owners to apply for and crowdfund 0% interest loans with Kiva.org. During the COVID-19 outbreak, loans can be as much as $15,000 with a 6-month grace period. Find links to more information, local assistance with your application, and the online application on the RCI website.

Emergency Action Fund

The Pittsburgh Foundation is providing funding to nonprofit organizations facing immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 through the Emergency Action Fund. You can find the grant criteria and application, opening April 1, 2020, here.

Save Small Business Fund

The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. Apply here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook has a Small Business Grants Program that offers $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during the outbreak of COVID-19.

 

Guides and Resources Lists

Webinars

Upcoming

July 2 - Minority Small Business Owners Webinar: Access Pa’s $225 million COVID-19 recovery fund

Details: The Pittsburgh Foundation is offering a 90-minute webinar to help minority small business owners tap into a $225 million economic assistance fund, of which $100 million has been reserved especially for Historically Disadvantaged Businesses.

The webinar will feature a panel of experts covering all aspects of the Small Business Assistance Program. With an emphasis on practical guidance, presenters will help attendees:

  • Learn how the program is structured.
  • Understand the range of benefits provided.
  • Review the criteria for application.
  • Develop a check list for successful application.

Register

 

Series

Allegheny Conference Response + Recovery Webinar Series


RCI Boost Your Business Webinar Series


Bridgeway Capital's Entrepreneurship Hub Webinars are tailored to help small businesses navigate economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Pittsburgh Foundation webinar series for nonprofits navigating COVID-19


 

Resources for Residents

Housing Stabilization Program

The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short term (up to 3 months) financial assistance to households who are facing a temporary, non-reoccurring housing crisis. A limited amount of funding is also available for homeowners to assist with mortgage payments.

City of Pittsburgh residents in need of rental, utility or mortgage assistance should contact United Way 2-1-1. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages.

United Way can be contacted through one of the following:

  • Text your ZIP Code to 898-211       
  • Dial 211 from your phone
  • Call toll free at 1-866-856-2773
  • By chatroom: http://pa211sw.org/

 

Housing Assistance Resources Portal (HARP)

New! The City of Pittsburgh launched the Housing Assistance Resources Portal (HARP) where users can search for housing-related programs and services. It helps those interested in renting, currently renting, interested in buying a home, currently owning a home, renting their property as a landlord, or currently experiencing homelessness.

This resource is made possible in partnership by the City of Pittsburgh, URA and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.

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How You Can Help

Support Small Businesses

Shop & Order from Your Local Businesses

Help support your favorite local food and drink businesses and retailers by ordering takeout, buying giftcards, and/or shopping online. 

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Gallery on Penn Gone Virtual

The Gallery on Penn retail space in East Liberty has gone virtual. Shop your favorite Gallery on Penn businesses from the comfort of your home. 

Shop Gallery on Penn


More Ways to Support Businesses and Workers

  • Help support service industry workers through the Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar. This online Google Sheet lists Venmo/Paypal info for your favorite service workers at bars, salons, restaurants, and other businesses that have been ordered to close so that you can send them a tip while staying at home.

  • Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Strip District Neighbors partnered on the Gift Card Give Back Initiative, a way for you to support local shops, restaurants, and retailers you love through the purchase of gift cards. For a limited time, for every gift card you purchase through this site, an extra 25% bonus will be added, with revenue going right to your favorite businesses.

  • Pittsburgh Magazine created the #PGHEatsToGo guide listing restaurant options during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Honeycomb Credit compiled several ways to support local businesses and entrepreneurs, while keeping yourself safe and healthy during the coronavirus.

Support the Arts Community
  • You can donate to the Emergency Fund for Artists fundraiser which is raising money for local performers and artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of tours, gigs, and jobs in the nightlife and events industry.

Press Releases

June 22, 2020 - PDP: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Relaunches Gift Card Give Back Initiative to Support Small Business

May 26, 2020 - URA: URA and Honeycomb Credit Partner to Create Pittsburgh Loyalty Bonds Program

May 14, 2020 - URA: City Launches Online Housing Assistance Resource Portal (HARP) for Housing Needs


May 12, 2020 - URA:
The URA Announces Virtual May 2020 Regular Board Meeting

May 11, 2020 - NAIOP Pittsburgh: NAIOP Pittsburgh and URA Release Guide for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants to Avoid Legal Disputes

April 28, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: Mayor William Peduto Announces COVID-19 Funding for Residents and Small Businesses

April 20, 2020 - URA: URA’s Housing Stabilization Program is Available to Assist with Financial Hardships

April 16, 2020 - City of Pittsbugh: Mayor William Peduto Addresses Pittsburgh on COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020 - URA: URA April Board Meeting Recap: COVID-19 Funding Update

April 14, 2020 - URA: The URA Announces Virtual April 2020 Regular Board Meeting

April 7, 2020 - URA: Citizens Bank Donates $200,000 to URA’s Small Business Emergency Loan Fund


April 6, 2020 - Citizens:
Citizens to Fund Nearly $1.5 Million for Pennsylvania Community and Small Business Support. 

April 2, 2020 - URAURA, Circles Greater Pittsburgh and Paramount Pursuits Partner to Create Gallery on Penn – Gone Virtual


April 2, 2020 - URA: URA Announces Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Program Round 2; Application Process Now Open

April 1, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: City Revamps COVID-19 Website


March 30, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center is Open for Free One-on-One Financial Counseling by Phone or Video


March 30, 2020 - URA: 
Coronavirus Threatens Small Businesses – Here’s What the URA Is Doing About it and How You Can Help


March 28, 2020 - URA:
URA Announces Waiving All Fees for Administration of the COVID-19 Working Capital Assistance Program


March 20, 2020 - U.S. Department of Labor:
U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Swiftly Recover the Cost of Providing Coronavirus-Related Leave


March 19, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: 
URA Partners with City and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to Provide Short Term Rent/Mortgage/Utility Financial Assistance to City Residents

March 18, 2020 - URA: URA Announces Additional Steps to Help Mitigate Potential Ramifications of COVID-19 to Small Business Community

March 18, 2020 - Governor Tom Wolf: Governor Wolf Requests Disaster Declaration for Small Businesses and Non-Profits to Obtain Loans

March 18, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: City of Pittsburgh Moves to Level 2 Emergency Operations in Response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020 - URA: The URA Announces Virtual March 2020 Annual/Regular Board Meeting

March 16, 2020 - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Wolf Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

March 16, 2020 - URA: A Message from Greg Flisram, Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Of Pittsburgh, on COVID-19 Impact

March 16, 2020 - City of Pittsburgh: City of Pittsburgh Announces Operational Changes Due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020 - URA: URA Offering Resources to Help Small Businesses Potentially Impacted by Coronavirus

Cancelled/Rescheduled Events

In compliance with City of Pittsburgh protocals prohibiting public gatherings of 50 or more people, the following URA-hosted events have been cancelled:

  • Let's Talk Business: Northside Edition - March 11

  • EMPOW(HER) Women’s History Month Networking Event - March 27

  • Building CapaCITY: A Real Estate Networking Event - April 7

  • Centre Avenue Round 2 Site Tour - May 4 

  • Housing Opportunity Fund Advisory Board Meeting - May 7

The following URA-hosted event has been rescheduled:

  • April Regular Board Meeting - Virtual - April 16

We understand the many challenges our neighbors are facing right now and are committed to meeting the needs of residents and businesses. Have a question or concern related to COVID-19?

We're here to help.

Have questions? Contact us at 412.255.6600 or COVID19Info@ura.org.

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