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.
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The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) provides additional housing resources including the PA Affordable Apartment Locator.
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Individuals are referred for admission to TSI’s programs through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services by other service providers, such as service coordinators, therapists and/or hospital social workers. An individual must already be in the service system in order to be considered for admission to our residential programs.
Basic criteria for admission includes:
The general information required from providers includes the Allegheny County residential referral form, a current psychiatric evaluation and a social history. This information can be faxed or mailed to Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services. When a vacancy occurs in one of the programs, the referral is sent to TSI and an intake interview is scheduled with the individual. The interview helps the individual and TSI make a decision about whether TSI’s programs can help the person to meet his or her recovery goals. The individual, Allegheny County and the service provider are notified of the decision in writing.
All residential vacancies and referrals are coordinated through Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities Program, based on the county’s current waiting list for services. All referred individuals go through the county’s Admission, Utilization Review and Discharge process (AURD) to determine need and eligibility for services. When an opening occurs in one of our programs, TSI contacts the county and provides a description of the vacancy. The county informs all of the supports coordination units that a vacancy exists. The independent sup-ports coordinators (ISCs) identify individuals that are potential, qualified applicants in need of immediate services. TSI schedules a meeting with the ISCs to interview the potential candidates for admission.
Transitional Services, Inc. (TSI) offers four HUD-subsidized housing units: three for individuals with mental illness/psychiatric disabilities (Three Rivers Commons) and one for individuals with mental retardation/intellectual disabilities (East Pittsburgh Commons). The rent for a unit is 30% of the individual’s income. An individual who qualifies based on income and disability can request that their service coordination unit make a referral to TSI.
If you or someone you know is in need of this type of housing, you may contact Transitional Services at 461-1322 ext. 231 and speak to the HUD Liaison. You may request an application be sent to you, and your eligibility for housing will be determined upon its return. Additionally, the HUD Liaison can answer questions about location and other eligibility matters. You may also visit the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) website: www.phfa.org.
There is a link for the Affordable Housing Locator, and each of TSI’s subsidized housing apartment buildings is listed there as well. The addresses for each unit (McKees Rocks Commons, West Park Commons, McKeesport Commons and East Pittsburgh Commons) are provided on the web site so that you or anyone interested can visit the site.
Transitional Services, Inc. has a policy of nondiscrimination in services and serves individuals without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, limited English proficiency, age, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation.