The ARIA program provides short-term rental assistance and case management services to participants whose homelessness is a barrier to treatment. Assistance is provided without regard to criminal records, eviction histories, employment, credit worthiness, income or other barriers, all of which are key elements of the Housing First model. Following this approach, participants are housed in scattered site apartments/houses throughout Allegheny County.
Who is eligible?
A family member must be active with Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) and have a history of substance use. Participants must either be at risk of losing custody of their children or are working towards reunification with their children. There must be a goal of recovery from substance abuse for every family referred.
What can you expect?
Rental assistance is provided on a sliding scale for up to one year to individuals or families living in Allegheny County. The rental assistance is based on participant need and will be used to bridge the gaps driving a financial crisis. It is intended to provide short-term assistance to stabilize the family. Over time, the amount of rental assistance will be reduced in a step-down model as participants gain the ability to afford their housing.
How do you enroll?
Individuals must be referred by their OCYF case worker to the OCYF Mon Valley Resource Coordinator. The Resource Coordinator will assess the referral, and if appropriate, make a referral to the ARIA program. The intake interview with the ARIA staff will be the participant’s interview for program eligibility. Applicants must provide documentation of homelessness, a drug and alcohol assessment indicating the level of treatment needed and proof of income.