STIC has Housing Specialists on staff to assist people with disabilities and seniors to use the Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) to find an accessible, safe and affordable place to live independently in their community.


Housing Specialists are available to assist participants, 55 and older or 18 and older with a documented chronic disability, with the Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) Program. OHS is intended to help high-needs Medicaid recipients that have lived in a nursing home for 120 days and are homeless.

Housing Specialists assist people with enrollment in the Olmstead Housing Subsidy Program; serve as a liaison with landlords; conduct inspections of rental units to ensure health and safety; and hold monthly calls with all participants.

Other Relevant Information

Participants pay 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent for an apartment. If participants qualify; additional funding could be available for security deposits, moving expenses, and basic household furnishings.

The Olmstead Housing Subsidy is funded by the New York State Department of Health and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living, with services provided by specialists at independent living centers across the state, such as STIC.

Service Area

Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

Contact Information

Housing Specialist

Phone: (607) 724-2111 x 239 or toll free at (877) 722-9150 (Voice and TTY)

Fax: (607) 772-3616

email: benefits@stic-cil.org