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Transitions in Aging

Aging in Place

Funding for Aging in Place

  • The government can provide many forms of assistance based on our needs and disabilities

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Notes and References

Oftentimes it seems like an easier, more affordable option to live with family members. However, there are options to find affordable housing to age in place in our own homes.



Currently, housing is considered to be affordable if the cost of monthly rent and utilities does not cost more than 30% of our monthly income. We also need to think about other living expenses as well, such as food and clothing.1 The government provides housing assistance in the form of vouchers and waivers. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formally Section 8) provides rental assistance to low income families and is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.1 The Housing Choice Voucher Program allows us to choose housing anywhere in our community,2 which allows us to stay close to family, friends and doctors. In order to find out if you are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher, visit the website for Philadelphia Housing Authority listed in the "Resources" tab.3

Another form of housing assistance is called a waiver. Pennsylvania has federal approval for several home and community-based waivers for individuals 18 or older with an intellectual disability.4,5 These include the Consolidated Waiver and the Person/Family Directed Waiver. The consolidated waiver is the largest of the two types of waivers, with the Person/Family Directed Waiver individuals are able to receive up to $30,000.5 Remember the eligibility and available services may change overtime. In order to take the first step, apply to the local county department of intellectual disability services to find out eligibility. To find out more, visit the Department of Human Services website in the "Resources" tab.5

References:

  1. Cooper, E., Herb, M., & O'Hara, A. (2003). Solutions that work: Innovative strategies to meeting the housing needs of people with disabilities. Opening doors: A housing publication for the disability community, 23, 1-12. Retrieved from: http://www.tacinc.org/media/13831/Solutions%20that%20Work%2023.pdf
  2. Allen, M. (2006). Increasing the usability of housing choice vouchers for people with disabilities. Housing law bulletin, 36, 111. Retrieved from: http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=h7fNsTalv64%3D&tabid=245
  3. Accessible housing. (2015) Retrieved from: http://www.pha.phila.gov/housing/accessiblehousing.aspx
  4. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. (n.d.) A quick reference guide for housing. Retrieved from: http://www.pcacares.org/Files/quickreferencehousingguide.pdf
  5. Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. (2012). Intellectual disabilities waiver services in Pennsylvania. Retrieved from: https://www.drnpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Intellectual-Disabilities-Waiver-Services-in-Pennsylvania.pdf