Learn about the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Permanent Supportive Housing Project (PSH) developed as part of their Housing as Home Plan, for people with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
View a video of people served by TSI in the Permanent Supportive Housing Program. This pilot project begun in 06/2007 was developed as part of Allegheny County’s Office of Behavioral Health plan for Housing As Home.
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
(PHFA) provides additional housing resources including the PA Affordable
» Step 1: Get An Application
Get an application by calling one or more of the local housing authorities listed below. They will send you an application packet.
Allegheny County Housing Authority (412-402-2489)
City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority (412-456-5030)
McKeesport Housing Authority (412-673-6942)
» Step 2: Complete All Forms
Be sure you read, fully complete, sign and date all forms that come with the application packet.
» Step 3: Gather Required Documents
Gather the following required documents to submit with your application. If you fail to provide these, your application will not be processed.
- Original Social Security Card and Social Security cards for any members that will live with you
- Original Birth Certificate (or photo ID or driver’s license)
- Proof of immigration status (if you are not a citizen of the US)
» Step 4: Gather Financial Information
Gather the following required financial documents to submit with your application. If you fail to provide these, your application will not be processed.
Proof of income (Gather all that apply):
- Social Security Award Letter
- 3 consecutive months of paystubs or letter from employer stating hourly wage
- Child support payment
- Proof of Assistance from the Department of Public Assistance (3 month’s of cash benefits’ printouts)
- Pension (Veteran’s or Company)
- Military Allotment
- Unemployment compensation
Proof of assets (Gather all that apply):
- Most current month’s bank account statement (full month) – must show account type and balance and rate of interest.
- Property- listing of fair market value of property.
- Other assets: stocks, bonds, money market accounts or certificates of deposit.
Deductions (Gather all that apply):
- Health Insurance- current proof of payment for health insurance and prescription payments for the past year made by anyone on the application for housing.
- Current proof of childcare payments for children up to age 13.
- Proof of permanent custody of children, if applicable.
- Full time student status, you will need a letter from school verifying your status.
» Step 5: Bring Information To The Housing Authority
When you have collected all of the listed documents that apply to you, bring them and your signed, completed application to the Housing Authority (Section 8) office(s) at the addresses listed below.
Allegheny County Housing Authority
625 Stanwix St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority
100 Ross St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
McKeesport Housing Authority
301 5th Ave
McKeesport, PA 15132
What Happens Next?
After your application is received, you will get a receipt from the Section 8 Office. Be sure to save this.
A criminal history check will be completed by the housing authority.
Within 90 days of being put on the waiting list, you should receive a letter as to your status on the list.
Remember to report any changes in address, telephone number, income and family size to the housing authority while you are on the waiting list.