Obtain Housing

Sisters Place is not an emergency shelter.  There is an application process and a waiting list.

Please call DHS Homeless Coordinated Intake at 1-866-730-2368 to be added to the list of families in need of housing.  The number is answered between 8am and 7pm Monday through Friday.  All housing programs in Allegheny County, including Sisters Place, will fill openings from this list.

Sisters Place Housing Eligibility Requirement and Guidelines

Permanent Program Eligibility

The Permanent Housing Program provides housing to homeless families that have a family member with a disability, which include drug and alcohol addiction (must have 3 months clean time), mental health diagnosis, mental retardation, physical disability, and HIV/AIDS. Disabilities must be considered a permanent disability, not a temporary illness.

Eligibility requirements:

  • A letter verifying that you are homeless from a homeless program or other supportive services agency
  • Parent must be at least 18 years of age and not attending high school
  • Must have custody of at least one child (under the age of 18) or be 7 months pregnant
  • Documentation of disability
  • Verification of income (must have an income)
  • Provide copies of birth certificates and social security cards

Program Guidelines

The Permanent Program has the additional guidelines:

  • A monthly program fee is charged at 30% of the resident’s adjusted gross income with electric and heating utilities paid by Sisters Place.
  • Residents must meet with their Case Manager weekly to set and develop goals related to life skills, education, employment, budgeting, health, and other individual issues.
  • Residents must meet with the Child Development Specialist weekly to enhance parenting skills, assess needs of the children, provide child care referrals, interact with the children through play and learning activities, and address other child related issues.
  • Residents must adhere to recovery contract, CYF mandates, and probation/parole mandates if applicable, attend weekly programming (if not employed/attending school) and individualized goal plans.

Sisters Place provides life skills classes, referrals for GED preparation, career planning sessions, an after-school program, summer day camp, tutoring for children and adults, field trips, food pantry, limited transportation, and referrals and advocacy to other service providers as needed.

If you are in need of emergency housing or additional resources contact the United Way.  You can reach the United Way by dialing 211 on your telephone or by visiting pa211sw.org.  You can also find contact information for local Allegheny County government offices here.

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