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Housing for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (Drug and/or alcohol abuse)

Persons with special needs
Most of the housing programs and services listed below are designed to meet the needs of individuals and families who already, or are eligible to, receive services through DHS.

  • Safe Havens
    Hard-to-reach, street-homeless adults who have severe mental illness and have been unable or unwilling to participate in supportive services are provided permanent housing in Safe Havens.
  • Recovery Supportive Housing (RSH)
    Men and women who have completed drug/alcohol treatment from a Pa. Department of Health licensed treatment center and/or who have been referred from Allegheny County Jail, probation and parole agencies AND who agree to total abstinence from drugs and alcohol AND who are willing to commit to a program of recovery amongst their peers are supported in their work at RSH. These Structured-Living facilities include case-management, 12-Step support meeting, random drug testing, employment coordination and facilitation to legal services for those with criminal histories.

Women who are pregnant and have an opiate addiction can be referred to a specialized structured Recovery Supportive Housing program coordinated through the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families.

  • Penn-Free Bridge Housing
    Families and individuals who are homeless (including living in shelters) and are in recovery (clean and sober) from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can use PennFree Bridge Housing for up to one year while receiving services with the goal of securing permanent housing.