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People from all walks of life struggle to afford housing. One group is particularly vulnerable to the crisis, but often forgotten – people with developmental disabilities.
There is such demand for appropriate housing that supports people with this kind of disability. They are currently being housed in settings that aren’t what they want. They are living with their parents, and they are 30 years old. Some are living in group situations, sharing bedrooms. It’s estimated that 80% of adults with developmental disabilities live with their parents. And these parents worry about what will happen when they are gone.
Several things have to happen to make change. We need to evaluate public laws and zoning, policies and programs affecting the housing opportunities available to Americans with disabilities. We need to analyze what housing supports, or benefits are available through public, non-profit, and/or private sectors, and then make recommendations that can improve housing opportunities.
We need to draw from real examples, the best and most promising practices – summed up it’s find what works and make more of it.
Affordable, appropriate housing is critical and the most inclusive thing we can do to make a community more livable for people with disabilities. Young people with disabilities are stagnating. And this kind of permanent, affordable housing is hard to come by because typically people with disabilities are very low income. Add to that conditions that limit physical, learning, language or behavior skills and you need something specific – not just affordable.
In Denver, Colorado, a group of parents got together and raised $3 million of the $10 million needed to build their own set of 68- unit apartments. The project will be managed as a cooperative. A little more than half of the units are for people without disabilities and need affordable housing. They can help manage the project. By doing this they ensure people won’t be segregated. There will be a common dining room and kitchen for residents who can’t prepare their own meals. And there will be areas where everyone can socialize. Staff will be on site 24/7 to ensure safety. There will even be a model apartment where prospective tenants can practice independent living skills with supervision before moving to their own place.
It sounds like a unique solution to a problem that is everywhere in the United States.
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