Congregate Housing Services Program

The mission of the Congregate Housing Services Program is to provide support services and State subsidies to eligible residents of low and moderate income senior housing who, due to advanced age or chronic health conditions, need daily help with activities such as meals, housekeeping, and personal services.

Eligibi​lity

The cost of the Congregate Housing Services Program varies by site. To be eligible to be a participant and receive congregate housing services, an individual shall:

  1. Be 62 years old or older;
  2. Be physically or mentally impaired;
  3. Need assistance with one or more of the essential activities of daily living;
  4. Need one or more of the congregate housing services available in the facility; and
  5. Be able to function in the facility if provided with those services.
Individual program participants contribute to the cost based on a sliding scale. State subsidies are available for eligible residents of participating sites who require financial assistance. 

To qualify for a subsidy:

  • an individual’s income may not exceed 60% of the State median income.
  • and assets may not exceed $27,375 for an individual, or $35,587 for a couple. 

Services Available

The Maryland Department of Aging contracts with housing and senior service provider organizations, such as local housing authorities, non-profit organizations, or housing management companies, to operate a Congregate Housing Services Program for eligible residents of designated buildings. Eligible residents are those who are at least 62 years of age and in need of assistance in one or more activities of daily living. The program provides meals, weekly housekeeping of each participant’s apartment, and limited personal assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing, and laundry.
See a listing of housi​ng sites.

For Additional Information

Contact your local Senior Information and Assistance Program for additional information on local housing programs.

Housing Reports and Information

  • Housing an Aging Population: Are We Prepared?
    This report looks at the housing situation of older adults now and implications for the near future. It includes a detailed analysis of data from the most recent American Housing Survey and presents results by age group, because the housing needs of "younger" older adults and the oldest adults are quite different. As the report demonstrates the challenges are enormous.
  • Real Property Database
  • Code of Maryland Regulations

Contact Person: Dakota Burgess, Program Manager, 410-767-1100, dakota.burgess@maryland.gov

​​