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Housing for Families Who are At Risk for Child Abuse Due to (risk of) Homelessness

Families and young adults involved (or at risk of becoming involved) with the child welfare system 

Families who are identified as being at risk for child abuse or neglect because of housing-related issues may be eligible for assistance with finding and paying for affordable housing. Youth ages 16 to 21 years who are or were in foster care may apply for housing through the Independent Living programs.

There are many causes of homelessness. DHS supports a variety of programs that help individuals and families work to resolve the underlying issues in their lives and achieve a stable living situation.

Spreadsheets of Housing Resources in Allegheny County as of 2012
  • Affordable Rental Housing 
    Individuals and families may search a comprehensive list of apartments and houses made available through private landlords in Allegheny County.Visiting and collecting information from each property of interest, using the apartment search record sheet, is strongly suggested.
  • Payment Assistance
    Renters and home owners who are at risk of becoming homeless may receive payments for rent, mortgage arrearages, security deposits, and utilities to prevent and/or end homelessness or near homelessness. Emphasis is placed on the prevention of homelessness for families with children.

    Rental Payment Assistance
    Mortgage Payment Assistance