Housing for Persons Who are Homeless and at-risk of Becoming Homeless
Homelessness is loosely defined as having no permanent place to sleep. A homeless person sleeps in a place not meant for human habitation or in an emergency shelter. A homeless person may also have come from the street or an emergency shelter but may now be living in transitional or supportive housing for homeless persons.
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. Call 2-1-1 for information about available supports.
Lack of Child Care
Mental Health Disorders
Substance Use Disorders (Drug and/or alcohol abuse)
Unemployment or Underemployment
Spreadsheets of Housing Resources in Allegheny County as of 2012
Persons who are in immediate need of housing and are homeless (i.e. have no permanent legal residence of their own) can find a refuge and source of care in an emergency shelter. Reasons for seeking shelter may include fleeing from domestic violence and/or loss of housing due to loss of income, physical health and other related issues. Shelters provide refuge to families, single men, single women and youth.
- 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
- Affordable Permanent (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.
- Services During Heat Emergencies
Homeless and chronically homeless individuals have several options to keep safe during times of extreme heat. Information about drop-in centers, street outreach and multi-service providers is available on the Cooling Tips page.