For the past fifty years, familes have been at the forefront of developing innovative housing for their loved ones with disabilities. In this section you can find information on how developing partnerships with other families, developers, community organizations, local and provincial governments can turn dreams into reality.
Below are examples of innovative housing developments, housing resources and other information to put in your “housing tool-kit”:
Langley Community Living Housing Coalition: A Chronicle (2010)
Through research and partnerships with government and the private sector, this coalition explored a variety of mixed housing options for adults with a developmental disability. Goals included accessing a greater number of rental subsidies and exploring housing developments in Langley with a disability component. A step by step description of how the group was formed, formulated their ideas and developed an action plan.
Exploring Housing Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in BC – Community Living BC (2009)
CLBC convened a Housing Working Group in April 2008 to discuss the housing needs of adults with developmental disabilities in BC and develop strategies to support appropriate and affordable housing options. This group identified the need to produce research that would identify housing gaps and barriers to affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities, as well as creative solutions to address these housing challenges. Examples of 16 creative solutions across Canada are provided.
Financing Seniors’ Housing Projects Using Resident Equity- BC Non-Profit Housing Association (2008)
This report discusses equity co-ops and life leasing and provides case examples.
No Place Like Home: A Report on the Housing Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities – Canadian Association for Community Living (2008)
A Place of Our Own: Home Ownership – PLAN (2007)
This informative newsletter discusses the various options in home ownership.
Making Homes That Work: A Resource Guide for Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder + Co-occurring Behaviors
This resource guide was funded by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).