Maryland's Assisted Living Subsidy / Group Home Subsidy Program

Program Description

Maryland's Assisted Living Subsidy is also, more formally, referred to as the Senior Assisted Group Home Subsidy Program. This is a financial assistance program provided to elderly Maryland residents to be used for the express purpose of helping to pay for the cost of assisted living. The objective of the program is to prevent premature, costly nursing home placement. By providing financial assistance to needy individuals, both the state and individual benefit. The state saves money on expensive nursing home care and individuals have the opportunity to live in environments better suited to their needs.

Assisted living facilities, which require licensing and approval by the Maryland Department of Aging and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, must be able to accommodate at least 4 and no more than 16 clients. This program is not available in every county and there may be waiting lists for assistance in some counties. If the program is not available in their county, seniors can move to an approved assisted living residence in a county where the program is available, and then enroll to receive assistance.

The Maryland Department of Aging monitors this program via Area Agencies on Aging.

 Did You Know?   Free assistance is available to Maryland seniors to help them find affordable assisted living in their communities.  Get help here.

 

Eligibility Guidelines

This subsidy is available to Maryland residents who currently live in an assisted living facility or who are assessed as having the need for assisted living and plan to move to such a residence in the very near future. Maryland operates on a fiscal calendar starting in July, not January. Financial eligibility criteria are updated annually at the end of June. 

  • Applicants must be at least 62 years of age.
  • Monthly income cannot exceed 60% of the state's median. As of March 2017, this amount is $2,841 ($34,092 / year) for an individual or $3,715 ($44,580 / year) for a couple.
  • Countable asset limits for an individual or a couple are set at $11,000 and $14,000, respectively.
  • Individuals must be assessed to determine their personal care needs. Eligible applicants must require assistance with daily living activities, such as grooming, dressing, walking, and eating.

 

Benefits and Services

The subsidy comes in the form of direct financial assistance for assisted living services. The actual amount of assistance available depends on the individual and the county in which they are applying for assistance. Typically, the total monthly assistance available to any participating individual is limited to $650.

 

How to Apply / Learn More

One should contact their local Maryland Area Agency on Aging to determine if this subsidy is available in their geographic area and to apply. Please make note, there may be a waiting list for this program. For additional information about this program, click here

 Maryland residents requiring a slightly lower level of care than provided in assisted living might consider the Congregate Housing Program. Those wishing to stay in a family home should look into Project Home.