Get money to help you build a stable future.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Cash Assistance for Allegheny Young Adults program. We know you may have other needs. Visit the Other Resources page for help.

Who qualifies for the Cash Assistance for Allegheny Young Adults program?

You may be eligible for $4,000 (or more!) if you are between 18 and 22 years old and are at least one of the following:

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Have been in CYF placement in Allegheny County and dependent at age 14 or older

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Are receiving Allegheny County Independent Living Services

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Are currently involved in the homeless system in Allegheny County

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Are a parent who has an open case with CYF in Allegheny County

Your final eligibility is determined after you have completed an application.

What do I need to apply?

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A valid photo ID, like a driver’s license, state ID or student ID

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Your bank account information (if you have an account)

Due to the nature of this program, we’re unable to make payments to certain banks and types of accounts, including but not limited to Chime, GreenDot, Sutton Bank, PayPal, Venmo, and Cash App.

Why open a bank account? Your money is safe – deposits are insured up to $250,000. And you can get paid faster with direct deposit and not pay fees to alternatives like check cashers or pay cards.

How will I get the money?

Payments will be made in June 2023. You will receive the money as a direct deposit in your bank account. If you are not able to open a bank account, you will receive a virtual gift card.

What can I use the money for?

We trust you to choose the best way to spend or save your money. You aren't required to tell anyone what you do with it. It's yours!

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Save it for a rainy day

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Pay your rent or utilities

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Put it towards a car or car insurance

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Pay some bills

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Get new clothes

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Pay off a debt

Don’t forget! If you are eligible for Opportunity Passport program, you can double your cash through a match.

Visit the Other Resources page for more information.

If you have questions about the program or need help with the application, email DHS Young Adult Cash.