Increased Housing Choices and Independence for Persons with Disabilities

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Introducing the Monroe Housing Collaborative

MonroeHousingCollab_RGBThanks to Janet Dreitlin, Community Housing Liaison for this piece.

Congregate living situations or group homes are no longer the only living situations available to people with developmental or acquired disabilities, nor is it their primary choice. Individuals with disabilities are interested in options such as owning a home, living with a roommate of their choosing, or living alone. Full inclusion in the community with opportunities for choice where people live, work and play is important to all people. There is a significant need for non-certified, affordable and accessible housing in our community for people who have developmental or acquired disabilities. In a recent OPWDD survey, better than 90% of individuals requesting housing supports through their organization were interested in learning about residential options other than those that provide 24/7 staffing support. This is true also for individuals who have acquired disabilities such as a Traumatic Brain Injury or age related disabilities.

The Monroe Housing Collaborative is an exciting new venture that will provide the support people with disabilities need to find housing that allows for choice, and meets their needs. Finding, applying for and securing affordable housing is a cumbersome and at times overwhelming process The MHC will have the ability to work one on one with individuals to navigate the housing market, and find affordable housing to meet their unique needs. In addition, our housing questionnaire will allow us to gather information from individuals with disabilities and their families regarding what their needs and preferences are for housing. This information is vital for developers and service providers. The MHC can work directly with developers and service providers to ensure that new housing developed meets those needs. Our website at www.MonroeHousingCollaborative.org is a new resource with housing information and resources in the Greater Rochester Area. We are very excited to be able to provide this service. Our website will be a resource to individuals with disabilities, their families, developers and agencies who provide services. The Community Housing Liaison can be contacted at info@monroehousingcollaborative.org, or via phone at 585-334-6000 ext. 1866.