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The City of Pittsburgh, which is located in the heart of Allegheny County, is dubbed one of the most livable and most affordable cities in the nation and is known for its vibrant neighborhoods, world class arts scene, top-rated health systems and friendly residents. These shining statistics attract adults to start and raise families in the area. Allies for Children wants to ensure Allegheny County is the best place for all children and youth to grow up and thrive.

Millvale Community Library

Children and youth make up more than a fifth of  Allegheny County’s population.

Of the roughly 265,000 residents under the age of 19 that call the county home:

  • 34,000 are living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL);
  • 1,400 are living in foster care;
  • 6,000 are uninsured. Many of the uninsured are eligible but not yet enrolled in quality healthcare programs, like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  • 52,646 of school aged children participate in afterschool programs–of children not enrolled, 94,764 would participate if afterschool programs were accessible.
  • 42,000 are experiencing food insecurity.

Nationally, Pittsburgh ranks sixth for the highest poverty rate amongst African-American children. These issues affect our entire community, and each day, dozens of organizations in Allegheny County work tirelessly to solve such problems. Allies for Children works to build alliances around causes that improve the quality of life for children. Ultimately, the goal is to leverage the collective resources of partner organizations and advance a more common agenda for the children and youth.