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Housing

Domiciliary Care

The Domiciliary Care program provides a homelike living arrangement in the community for adults age 18 and older who need assistance with activities of daily living and who are unable to live independently.

Dom Care providers open up their homes to individuals who need supervision, support, and encouragement in a family-like setting.

Dom Care residents are matched to homes that best meet their special needs, preferences, and interests. Unlike larger personal care homes, Dom Care homes are the individual providers' homes. They are certified annually to ensure they meet health and safety standards.

Learn more about the Dom Care program, participant eligibility and the application process.


SHARE - Shared Housing and Resource Exchange

Shared Housing and Resource Exchange (SHARE) is an affordable housing choice that brings together homeowners who want to share their home with home seekers who are looking for housing in exchange for rent, help around the house, or a combination of both. The program is currently available in Bucks, Carbon, Crawford, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Snyder, Union, and Wayne counties.​

Learn more about the SHARE program, homeowner/participant eligibility and the application process.


ECHO - Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging partners with the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A) to offer the Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity (ECHO).

Elder cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences for older adults that are temporarily placed in the side or backyard of a host family (relatives or close friends). The arrangement provides independence and privacy for its resident along with easy access to family or friends who can provide assistance. When living requirements of the resident change, the cottage will be relocated to the home of another host family.

All seniors served are lower income and pay no more than 30% of their monthly incomes to reside in the cottage. The cottages will be made available through a local collaboration between the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and a local housing partner.

There are currently cottages in the following counties/AAAs service areas:

      • Centre
      • Clearfield
      • Cumberland
      • Fayette
      • Huntingdon/Bedford/Fulton
      • Lackawanna
      • Luzerne
      • Union/Snyder
      • Wayne
      • Westmoreland
      • Wyoming


Property Tax/Rent Rebate

Older adults and people with disabilities 18 and older in Pennsylvania may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in rebates. 

About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program 

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program supports homeowners and renters across Pennsylvania. This program provides a rebate ranging from $380 to $1,000 to eligible older adults and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Eligibility  

This program supports Pennsylvania homeowners and renters who meet the following criteria.   

Age Criteria  

      • 65 and older 
      • Widows and widowers 50 and older 
      • People with disabilities 18 and older 

Income Criteria  

In addition to age requirements, to qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate, your household income must be less than $45,000 annually.  

Learn how much money you can receive, how to apply and how to get help – in-person support is available!​


For more information about the housing programs available in your area, use the Area Agency on Aging Locator and contact the AAA serving your local county.​