Brown Mamas is dedicated to ensuring that moms thrive, so we’ve compiled this list of resources for single moms in Pittsburgh. From discount baby clothes and diaper drives to local Black doctors and therapists, we got you. Click on the buttons to access what you’re looking for.

Diapers & Baby Products


  • Among the many things Healthy Start Pittsburgh does, one of the things they do for mamas who register for their programming is provide free diapers.
  • Welcome Little One provides diapers, clothing and other baby items on an “as available” basis for up to one year old. Also provides self-administered pregnancy tests. Call (412) 391-6862 for more info.
  • Cribs for Kids provides infant safe sleeping environments to low income families throughout the country. Provides safe sleep education to parents and professionals. Click here or call 412-322-5686 for more info.
  • New Hope United Methodist Church distributes diapers on Friday’s from 1-5. Call (412) 231-7882 for more info.
  • Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank provides diapers to agencies who directly distribute them. Click here for a list of over 40 agencies across Pittsburgh that distribute free diapers.
  • The PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project has a car seat loan program. Click here for a list of participating agencies in Pittsburgh.

Food Assistance


  • Just Harvest addresses hunger in Allegheny County at its root – economic injustice – through a focus on public policy, food access, and community power. Click here for more info. Get help with the application for food stamps, WIC, and locate after school grab and go meals here or call (412) 431-8960 x602.
  • Focus on Renewal offers a food pantry every Tuesday from 9-12 for Stowe Township Community members. Click here for more info.
  • Apply for SNAP
  • Locate a Food Bank
  • Local Feeding Sites
  • Feeding Pa – find local food assistance options
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
  • WIC

Housing Resources


  • The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency with a wide variety of programs including rental assistance and hunger services. Click here for more info.
  • Community Human Servicesempowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships, and access quality food. They offer a wide variety of programs including youth programs, in-home services, housing assistance, a food pantry, and more. Click here for more info.
  •  Action Housing empowers people to build more secure and self-sufficient lives through the provision of decent, affordable housing, essential supportive services, asset building programs, and educational and employment opportunities. Programs offered include mortgage assistance, affordable home repair, weatherization program, and a homebuyer assistance program. Click here to find out more and to access a more detailed list of programs offered by Action Housing. 
  • Allegheny Network of Care can direct you to emergency housing, crisis and emergency services, financial/expense assistance, food, clothing, and household goods, and much more. Click here to see and access services offered.
  • LIHEAP offers financial help to households suffering from heating crises. Click here to apply. 
  • Duquesne Light offers a number of payment assistance programs including a weatherization program. Click here for more info.
  • Genesis of Pittsburgh – Genesis House is a maternity care facility for pregnant women in need of shelter. Click here or call 412-766-5212 for more info.
  • Lifeline Discount Program provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wireline or wireless providers. Click here for more info.
  • Internet Essentials offers internet at a low rate for eligible applicants. They also have a low-cost laptop program. Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price. Click here for more info.
  • Sisters Place offers a housing program for families experiencing homelessness and a transitional housing program for families that do not meet HUD homelessness definitions and/or qualify for HUD funded housing. Click here for more info.
  • Bethlehem Haven provides shelter and supportive services to thousands of homeless women. They have an emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and acute and post-acute medical care for patients experiencing homelessness. Click here for more info.
  • The Allegheny County Human Services website has a list of housing resources including mortgage assistance, rental payment assistance, housing authorities, homeless services, and discrimination resources. Click here to access.
  • CAP offers several benefits to those who are eligible, including a reduced monthly bill, debt forgiveness and security deposit waiver.

Education Resources


  • The REACH Foundation advocates and educates the public on the benefits of tuition tax credits, charter schools (including cyber charter schools) and homeschooling. Click here for more info.
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools Magnet Schools and Programs allows students to pursue special interests, talents or career goals. Magnet schools are not neighborhood specific, so students who reside anywhere in the Pittsburgh Public School District can apply to attend. Click here for more info.
  • Thinking about Homeschooling? Click here.
  • Need a list of Pittsburgh Independent Schools? Click here.
  • FAME‘s (Fund for Advancement of Minority Education) mission is to educate, empower and embolden African American youth to become student ambassadors of today, leaders of tomorrow, and stewards of their communities by providing access to college preparatory education at participating independent schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area through the provision of need based financial assistance. Click here for more info.
  • The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program allows students in the bottom 15% of schools statewide to obtain a scholarship to attend a participating public or private school through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program. Click here for more info.

Birthing/Breastfeeding


  • Healthy Start Pittsburgh has a program that gives moms free doulas. Call them at 412.247.4009.
  • The mission of the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC), is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the cultural norm and optimal feeding method for mothers and babies of African Descent in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Click here for more info.
  • Genesis of Pittsburgh – The Learning Center at genesis: expectant parents and parents with a child under the age of one can attend free classes to learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting in a supportive environment. Click here for more info.
  • Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh offers prenatal and breastfeeding classes. Click here for more info. 
  • Midwife Center promotes wellness by providing exceptional, client-centered primary gynecological, pregnancy and birthing care in southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent birth center. Click here for more info.

Self-Care & Health


Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Click here for more info.

The Family Centers of Allegheny County provides programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that encourage learning, parenting support groups for parents of children up to 18 years of age, home visits for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, and advocacy training for caregivers who want to contribute to their community. Click here for more info.

Brown Mamas offers a mentoring program, GrowMamaGrow, that helps mamas work on mindset shifting and creating an income from making online course.

When She Thrives is dedicated to equipping single mothers to move their families from poverty to prosperity through advocacy, education, personal + professional development. Click here for more info.

Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center provides completely free, high-quality medical and dental care to those who are uninsured and under-insured, 19 years-old and older. Click here for more info

The Alignment Chapter helps low income single mothers and families in 22 states and 83 communities in need of emergency same-day assistance. We deliver or ship the basic necessities they need to stay aligned with their financial obligations while maintaining a stress-free home. Click here for more info.

Looking for some good-reads on self-care and motherhood? Single-Mom Defined is a great resource! Click here.

FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Care Center provides free healthcare. Click here for more info.

Northside Christian Health Center provides affordable health care to underserved persons on the Northside and surrounding neighborhoods. Click here for more info.

Familylinks assures that all children, families and seniors in western Pennsylvania have the tools they need to be healthy, happy and strong for life. Services are offered in the areas of mental health and substance abuse, case management & service coordination, housing & independent living, and school services. Click here for more info.

Carnegie library offers free resume help and career guidance.

Furniture Assistance


  • The Blessing Board is a non-profit organization existing to provide donated household furnishings to those in need at no cost. Click here for more info.
  • Off the Floor Furniture is a faith based volunteer ministry which, since 2004, has provided basic used furniture like beds, dressers, tables, and chairs to disadvantaged families who lack these items. Click here for more info.
  • Saint Vincent De Paul is a non-profit organization that serves local individuals in need on a person-to-person level. They provide various kinds of assistance throughout the Pittsburgh area including a discount mattress program.  Assistance can include, food, clothing, furniture, rent, utility and medical assistance. Click here for more info.
  • National Council of Jewish Women Thriftique (Secondhand clothing, furniture, housewares) NCJW Pittsburgh Section operates a retail store that not only generates funds to support our mission, but also provides a platform for member volunteerism, community service projects, internships, and employment opportunities for at-risk women moving towards self-sufficiency and young adults with special needs. Click here for more info.

Childcare Assistance


  • Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children when their families are experiencing a critical need for childcare. They also offer emergency childcare with registration. Click here for more info.
  • Angel’s Place is a cooperative community and a home away from home. It is a place where children feel cared for and where families can feel relaxed, supported, and involved. Their family-centered child care services and early childhood education programs are available at no cost or at significantly reduced rates to qualifying parents. Click here to apply.
  • Looking for free Summer camps and other activities? Click here.
  • Click here for a list of Black owned child-care centers.
  • Childcare Partnership
  • The Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. Click here to see if you qualify.

Resources Just For Moms


Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Click here for more info.

The Family Centers of Allegheny County provides programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that encourage learning, parenting support groups for parents of children up to 18 years of age, home visits for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers, and advocacy training for caregivers who want to contribute to their community. Click here for more info.

When She Thrives is dedicated to equipping single mothers to move their families from poverty to prosperity through advocacy, education, personal + professional development. Click here for more info.

Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center provides completely free, high-quality medical and dental care to those who are uninsured and under-insured, 19 years-old and older. Click here for more info.

The Alignment Chapter helps low income single mothers and families in 22 states and 83 communities in need of emergency same-day assistance. We deliver or ship the basic necessities they need to stay aligned with their financial obligations while maintaining a stress-free home. Click here for more info.

Looking for some good-reads on self-care and motherhood? Single-Mom Defined is a great resource! Click here.

FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Care Center provides free healthcare. Click here for more info.

Northside Christian Health Center provides affordable health care to underserved persons on the Northside and surrounding neighborhoods. Click here for more info.

Familylinks assures that all children, families and seniors in western Pennsylvania have the tools they need to be healthy, happy and strong for life. Services are offered in the areas of mental health and substance abuse, case management & service coordination, housing & independent living, and school services. Click here for more info.

Carnegie library offers free resume help and career guidance.