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Housing for Persons with a Physical Disability

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.

Housing for persons with a physical disability
Persons with a disabling condition, defined by HUD as a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness (including HIV AIDS) or disability, including the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions are eligible for accessible housing. A disabling condition limits an individual’s ability to work or perform one or more activities of daily living.

Spreadsheets of Housing Resources in Allegheny County as of 2012

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  • Home Modifications in Pennsylvania
    Information about home modifications for Pennsylvania residents who are elderly, disabled, or both.
  • Shelter Plus Care
    Homeless individuals and adult family members who are kept from working due to a physical or mental disability or an addiction may be provided with permanent housing and supportive services through Shelter Plus Care.
  • Permanent Housing
    Persons with a diagnosed disability who are able to live independently and who are also homeless and income-eligible may live in Permanent Housing for Persons with Disabilities. This is community-based housing that offers case management and related supportive services.
  • Dom Care (also known as Adult Foster Care)
    Adults who cannot live independently may be matched with families who are willing to open their homes and provide a caring, residential environment. Interested persons may call the Area Agency on Aging (412-350-5105).
  • Nursing Home Transitions 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 Area Agency on Aging counselors at the AAA SeniorLine 412-350-5460. 

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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.