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Housing for Older Adults

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.

The Allegheny County DHS Area Agency on Aging (also known as Triple A) assists older adults maintain their independence in their own homes when possible. There are also alternatives to nursing home care for persons who have more intensive needs. Information about all these services is available by calling the AAA Senior Line 412-350-5460 (TDD 412-350-2727).

  • In-home services
    Older adult clients who need assistance to continue to live in their homes are assigned a care manager by the Area Agency on Aging. The care manager works with the client and his/her family to develop a care plan that addresses the needs identified by the assessment. The care manager also coordinates the necessary services, which may include adult day care, home-delivered meals, personal care, chore service, home health, home companions and respite care.

  • Adult Day Care
    Older adult clients who need supervision and/or are not capable of full-time independent living may be enrolled in a licensed day adult care programs.

  • Dom Care (also known as Adult Foster Care)
    Adults who are independently mobile or semi-mobile but cannot live independently may be matched with families who are willing to open their homes and provide a caring, residential environment. Referrals go through the AAA Dom Care Unit (412-350-5105).

  • Aging Waiver
    Older adult clients who are income and age eligible and who choose to live in their own home despite the fact that a physician has deemed them qualified to live in a nursing home, based on their physical and/or mental condition, can apply for support through the Aging Waiver.

  • Life Programs - Long-Term Care CAPITATED Assistance Program (LTCCAP)
    Adults, ages 55 years and older who are either Medicare/Medicaid eligible or are able to private pay, who are able to live safely with the help of this program though they are assessed by AAA as requiring nursing home care otherwise, may benefit from this specialized day care program.

  • Nursing Home Transition: Long-term Care Options
    Older persons and persons of all ages with disabilities can discuss the expanded range of long-term care opportunities beyond traditional nursing home care with AAA counselors.

AAA also supports persons who have issues with their providers of Adult Day Care or residential services through the AAA Ombudsman program.

Older adults may also explore options without the involvement of AAA 

Find a place to call home in Allegheny County 

pdf.gif Allegheny County Housing Information for Older Adults
This information guide provides senior subsidized housing information, from finding an apartment, through applying for an apartment and recording collected information, to knowing terms of the lease. Keeping track of each location is made easy by taking notes on the pdf.gif Apartment Search Checklist.

Pa. Personal Care Home Directory
Lists, in directory format, licensed care homes in Pennsylvania 

Nursing Care Facility Locator
Provides information about location, licensure status, number of beds and payment options for nursing facilities through the state. 

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 

Home Modifications in Pennsylvania
Information about home modifications for Pennsylvania residents who are elderly, disabled, or both.

Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Benefits older adults, and persons over 18 years of age with a disability, who meet income guidelines.

The application can be ordered on-line and is also available to download.

Six weeks after applying, rebate applicants can check the progress of their Property Tax/Rent Rebate application online or by phone at 1-888-PATAXES (1-888-728-2937).

Rebate check distribution begins on July 1.