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Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is a program that offers affordable housing at a variety of housing units across Louisiana. While at first glance PSH is not specifically targeted towards low-income elderly individuals, Louisiana specifically identifies persons with age-related disabilities as eligible. Furthermore, four of the supportive housing units are designated as "elderly only". For these units, "elderly" individuals are defined as persons at least 55 years of age. In addition to rental support, some locations also offer other supports, such as medication administration and transportation assistance.
PSH is administered by the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OASS) within the Louisiana Department of Health and is a partnership with the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC).
In addition to the applicant needing housing provided by PSH, this program has three major eligibility criteria.
1) The applicant (or someone in their household) must have a chronic disability. As mentioned previously, this includes disabilities due to aging.
2) The individual must be receiving services from Medicaid, such as the Community Choices Wavier or Long Term-Personal Care Services, or services from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, or be residing in a nursing home facility.
3) The applicant’s household income must be less than or equal to 50 percent of the median income for their geographic area. Median incomes vary by parish, with the number of individuals within the household, and are re-calculated annually. As of March 2018, current income limits were last updated on 11/01/2017. Fifty percent of median income ranges from a low of $16,583 or less in Acadia Parish to $23,750 or less in West Baton Rouge Parish for a single person household. For a two-person household, the range limits are $18,917 and $27,167 respectively. A complete list of income limits by parish is available here (on page 7).
4) The applicant must be in need of housing supports provided via this program.
PSH offers subsidized housing or financial assistance for rental housing in specified locations such that participants pay 30% of their monthly household income on rent. Other services via this program might include notice to pay the rent, assistance with setting up doctor’s appointments, and individual counseling that is solution focused. Emergency services and crisis intervention is also available 24-hours a day.
For more information about the Permanent Supportive Housing program, visit the Department of Health and Hospitals webpage. Alternatively call the Permanent Supportive Housing Office at 1-844-698-9075. Applications are available online for download here. Make note, it takes 30 days to process a new application.
Applicants should also be aware that there may be a significant waiting list for PSH services, and those who are homeless, are at risk of institutionalization, or who are currently institutionalized are given priority.