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PEACE Program

Securing housing for older adults with histories of homelessness and complex physical or behavioral health needs.


The PEACE Program assists older adults who have complex physical or behavioral health needs and who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.

Staff work with partner agencies to help individuals find sustainable housing that meets the participants’ needs in the least restrictive and most inclusive environments.

PEACE stands for Partners Establishing Accessible & Affordable Housing: Caring for Frail Older Adults Empathetically. The program is run by the Office of Homeless Services (OHS).




The PEACE Program is open to older adults (typically over age 55) who reside in homeless or behavioral health programs. Eligible individuals need:

  • A higher level of care such as personal care, long-term care, or community homes with waiver services.
  • Help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, toileting, continence, or ambulation.
  • Help with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), such as shopping, meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, medical management, and finances.
  • Support for complex or chronic medical and behavioral health needs.

If you think this is a good program for you, talk to your case manager.

Process of referral

Eligible individuals must be referred to the PEACE Program by case managers or support staff who work:

  • In facilities for people experiencing homelessness, such as shelters and Safe Havens.
  • In OHS or the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services’ (DBHIDS) housing programs, when individuals’ need for medical care has increased.
  • With individuals experiencing homelessness or behavioral health challenges in special circumstances as determined by OHS and DBHIDS. (Examples include staff who work with individuals who have been released from prison, discharged from hospitals, or are sleeping outdoors.)

For more information, see the PEACE Program guide.

Submitting a referral

Gather the individual’s basic demographic and health information.
Send the individual's medical evaluation forms and behavioral health notes to OHS.

You’ll need to submit the following documentation:

Scan and email the files to with the individual’s initials in the subject line.