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NCM Hardship Program provides case-managed self-sufficiency services, utility grant assistance, tax/rent rebate and basic needs distribution services to qualified low-income individuals and families. Participants are offered budgeting courses, job readiness skills, counseling and links to supportive services. The Community Hardship Program is funded in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation Small & Mighty grant.

Free Elderly & Veteran assistance Property Tax/Rent Rebate

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.

Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money.


NCM serve as a screening agency for the Dollar Energy Fund while also connecting those in need with other forms of assistance. The demand for assistance from our Hardship program has grown significantly due to increased costs of everyday living expenses and severe weather conditions. To meet the need, we rely on the generosity of individual donations and grants to the Dollar Energy Fund and other hardship programs. Dollar Energy’s unique funding model provides a dollar-for-dollar match from partnering utility companies for every donation received. The utility companies also makes a separate donation to cover administrative fees, so 100 percent of all individual donations are used to provide utility assistance grants to limited-income households.  

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Dollar Energy Fund Studies have shown that a financial hardship directly affects academic achievement. Over half of the children in low-income families experience utility disconnections, which eliminate resources, such as electricity for computers, water to maintain good hygiene and enjoy a healthy meal, and having a comfortable and well-lit study environment.

NCM distribute summer clothing to disadvantaged youth as a community service project.

Families Registering for Toy/Coat Distribution Must Bring:

- Valid ID or driver's license
- One proof of need (Access Card or proof of government assistance/unemployment etc)
- Birth certificate for each of the children for whom you're requesting toys 
- Utility bill, phone bill or other proof that you live in Pittsburgh, PA

Food: NCM provides hot meals, after-school snacks, food and drink and meal packages to its elderly, program participants, the homeless, and holiday meals to the community-at-large;

Clothing: Coats, hats and gloves are purchased and efficiently distributed to disadvantaged kids, elderly and families to help keep them warm, healthy and boost their self-esteem, reduces absenteeism and academic failure; To preserve integrity of the program and prevent abuse, New coats are available to the same person no less than every other year. No limit on used coats.

Educational Materials: Backpacks filled with school supplies are purchased and distributed to k-12 disadvantaged students to jump-start their education and increase academic success;

Books: NCM is committed to helping students develop the reading, writing, and language skills. Through a gifting partnership, NCM distributes, student-friendly print and digital English/Language arts materials for elementary through college;

Toys:In addition to toys acquired through partnerships, additional toys and gifts are bought to fill a demand for NCM's famous Kids Christmas Party & Gingerbread House Contest.

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