We hope this section helps answer a few of the questions you may have. If you would like more information, please call Bennett Place at 412-242-9977. We look forward to hearing from you!
Q: What type of housing is Bennett Place? Is it low income housing?
A: Bennett Place is a subsidized housing community for seniors over the age of 62 and the mobility impaired. The term “subsidized housing” means that the rent is based on income. A resident of the community pays 30% of their adjusted income as rent.
Q: Who pays the remainder of rent?
A: The remainder of the rent is paid in the form of a subsidy. If a resident qualifies for a subsidy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a U.S. Government Agency, will pay the remainder of the rent.
Q: How is rent calculated?
A: Resident rent is based on approximately 30% of income. A good estimate of your rent would be to take 30% of your gross annual income and divide it by 12 months. This will give you an estimate of what your monthly rent could be.
Q: What does the rent include?
A: Rental of the apartment for one month, as well as heat, and water. An electric allowance is a certain amount taken off of the resident’s rent payment meant to help the resident pay the electric bill. The allowance amount is based on average usage for the apartment and may change annually. Residents will still receive an electric bill, but the allowance is intended to help pay for it. Residents may still be eligible for energy assistance from the state.
Q: Is there a lease?
A: Yes, there is a one-year lease, but we understand the necessity of unanticipated move-outs.
Q: How many apartments are there?
A: Bennett Place has 51 apartments.
Q: How big are the apartments?
A: Bennett Place offers spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as a few more-accessible apartments for the mobility impaired.
Q: How do I get started with the move in process?
A: Simply fill out an application completely, sign it and mail it to the address on the back of the application.
Q: Is there a waiting list for residency?
A: Yes, currently Bennett Place has a waiting list.
Q: What is the Security Deposit?
A: The Security Deposit is the same as one month’s full rent (before the electric allowance) with a minimum of $50. This deposit is due in full at the signing of the lease.
Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Bennett Place welcomes you to bring your pets along with you. Fish and birds are welcomed without a deposit. We also welcome small dogs and cats with a pet deposit. There is a limit of one cat or dog per apartment, and there are certain size restrictions.
Q: What is the Pet Deposit?
A: The pet deposit is the same amount as the security deposit with a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $150. We can make payment arrangements for this deposit – first payment is $50, and then a monthly payment of $10 until the deposit is paid in full.
Q: Is there additional storage space available?
Q: Is there an elevator?
A: Yes, there is two elevators located in the center of the building easily accessible by all residents, on all floors.
Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, Bennett Place offers its residents the use of one parking lot.
Q: What is the cost for parking?
A: There is no cost for parking.
Q: How many keys do I receive?
A: Residents receive an apartment key, a key to a locked mailbox for their apartment, and an access key to the main entry. Our main entrances are intercom controlled and automatically open with the key.
Q: Are there any planned activities?
A: Bennett Place prints a monthly calendar showing the dates and times of various activities. Monthly activities include bingo, cards games, board games, pot-lucks, seasonal activities such as gardening, and knitting/sewing for our Project H.A.N.D.S. program.
Q: Are there on-site laundry facilities?
A: There is one laundry center at Bennett Place. It contains two coin-operated washers and two coin-operated dryers with folding and hanging areas and a wash sink for the convenience of our residents. This center is located on the ground floor.
Q: What is the garbage/recycling process?
A: There is a trash chute on each floor of the building specifically for garbage purposes. Outside, there is a dumpster and labeled bins for all recyclables.
Q: Is there any public transportation available?
A: Yes, currently the city of Pittsburgh has a transit service called the Port Authority. This service stops at our corner and takes residents along a route throughout the city to the grocery store, departments stores, local restaurants, and other locations. A schedule is available in the community room.