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Helping Each Other Navigate the IDD World

Housing

An excerpt from the Building Independence page of The Serving Cup website.

“In Wake County alone, there are 16,500 people with I /DD. The demand in the county greatly outpaces available services, such as housing resources. The 2010 Wake County Assessment Report estimates there are 5430 adults with developmental disabilities in the County. According to the NC Division of Mental Health, Disabilities and Substance Abuse, 50 percent of adults with developmental disabilities have the ability to live independently, which means they are capable of caring for themselves and working at some level. Many of these adults need some level of on-site support to help them deal with day-to-day living……” Read more

Many people in the IDD community wish to live a self-determined lifestyle. Housing and housing support are critical needs for this population as we and our loved ones with IDD grow older.

green-front-door-bhgHousing is often the defining factor for a person’s quality of life. A person-centered housing plan may take into account several factors including:

  1. Transportation Availability
  2. Community Supports (i.e., restaurants, stores)
  3. Work Options
  4. Leisure Options
  5. Education Options
  6. Healthcare Options
  7. Pets…..

So, the question is: How do we provide our loved ones with safe and affordable housing that enables them to lead the highest functioning, most independent life possible for the long-term? This section will explore some of the options available to this community and the creative ways families and organizations have established safe and affordable living situations.

 


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