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Social housing assistance (ASH) for an elderly person

Verified 01 janvier 2020 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA)

Social housing assistance (SSA) covers all or part of the costs of housing an elderly person in an institution or a family-friendly. It is paid by the department.

Institutional accommodation

To apply for the HSA, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Be over 65 years of age (or over 60 years if found unfit for work)
  • Live in France in a stable and regular way, that is to say, continuously for more than 3 months (if the elderly person is a foreigner, he must have a valid residence permit),
  • Have less than the cost of accommodation.

The ASH is paid for accommodation:

In order for the HSA to be granted, these institutions must have places entitled to receive social assistance.

An ASH application file must be collected from the town hall or the municipal social action center (CCAS) of the municipality where the elderly person resides.

Contact information for CCAS is available in the town hall.

Who shall I contact

The town hall or the CCAS then forwards the file to the department.

In order for the accommodation costs to start from the date of entry into the establishment, the request for a HSA must be made within 2 months of that date. It is therefore advisable to apply for ASH at the same time as the procedures for admission to an institution.

The award decision shall be notified the elderly person or his legal representative..

If the request is refused, a prior appeal should be made by simple mail to the department. This mail can also be delivered on site.

Who shall I contact

The department has 2 months to respond after receiving the mail.

If the application is again refused, an appeal may be lodged with the Administrative Court (TA)..

ASH is paid by the department. Each department has its own social assistance regulations. The payment rules are therefore different depending on the department.

The department's services determine the amount of the HSA according to the resources:

  • the elderly person, including immovable property, with the exception of the veteran's retirement and the pensions attached to honors (Legion of Honor),
  • the person with whom she lives in a relationship,
  • of his food obligations (children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law).

The elderly person receiving ASH must pay 90% of his income (including housing allowance) to the institution. The remaining 10% is left at its disposal. This amount must be at least €108 per month.

Similarly, if the elderly person is a beneficiary of ASH and the person with whom they live as a couple stays at home, a minimum amount is automatically left for them to live. This amount is €903.20 per month.

In the event of a decrease in the elderly person's resources or of his/her food obligations, a request for revision may be sent by simple letter to the department's services.

Who shall I contact

Depending on the situation of the elderly person and his/her food obligations, payment of the accommodation bill may be divided between:

  • the elderly person or person with whom he lives,
  • his food obligations,
  • department services.

The amounts paid by the department are recoverable during the lifetime and at the death of the elderly person. The department can recover these sums:

  • on the estate of the elderly person (i.e. on the estate transferred by the elderly person to his heirs),
  • if the financial situation of the elderly person improves (e.g. inheritance),
  • by a donation made by the elderly person within 10 years prior to or after the request for HSA.

Recovery from the estate of the elderly shall be effected on the part of estate net assets..

A friendly family

To collect the HSA, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Be over 65 years of age (or over 60 years if found unfit for work),
  • Residing in France on a stable and regular basis, i.e. without interruption for more than 3 months (if the elderly person is a foreigner, he must have a valid residence permit),
  • Have less than the cost of accommodation,
  • Reside with a welcoming family approved by the department.

An ASH application file must be collected from the town hall or the municipal social action center (CCAS) of the municipality where the elderly person resides.

Contact information for CCAS is available in the town hall.

Who shall I contact

The town hall or the CCAS then forwards the file to the department.

In order for the payment of the accommodation costs to start from the date of signature of the contract of reception with the family host, the request of ASH must be made within 2 months of that date. It is therefore advisable to apply for ASH at the same time as the family reception procedures.

The award decision shall be notified the elderly person or his legal representative..

If the request is refused, a prior appeal should be made by simple mail to the department. This mail can also be delivered on site.

Who shall I contact

The department has 2 months to respond after receiving the mail.

If the application is again refused, an appeal may be lodged with the Administrative Court (TA)..

ASH is paid by the department. Each department has its own social assistance regulations. The payment rules are therefore different depending on the department.

The ASH pays part of the accommodation costs of the elderly person.

The department's services determine the amount of the HSA according to the resources:

  • the elderly person, including immovable property, with the exception of the veteran's retirement and the pensions attached to honors (Legion of Honor),
  • the person with whom she lives in a relationship,
  • of his food obligations (children, grandchildren, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law).

They determine the amount left at the disposal of the senior who must include:

  • the minimum amounts left to the elderly person, the amount of which must be at least €108 per month
  • social security contributions due toUrssaf for the remuneration of the family member,
  • the liability insurance which the elderly person must take out,
  • clothing costs,
  • the mutual.

In the event of a decrease in the elderly person's resources or of his/her food obligations, a request for revision may be sent by simple letter to the department's services.

Who shall I contact

The amounts paid by the department are recoverable during the lifetime and at the death of the elderly person. The department can recover these sums:

  • on the estate of the elderly person (i.e. on the estate transferred by the elderly person to his heirs),
  • if the financial situation of the elderly person improves (e.g. inheritance),
  • by a donation made by the elderly person within 10 years prior to or after the request for HSA.

Recovery from the estate of the elderly shall be effected on the part of estate net assets..