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Disabled group housing

An overview of Disabled Group Housing, how they benefit individuals, communities, and society, and how you can help.

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Disabled group housing

  1. 1. Disabled Group Housing an investment in people, communities and society Jason Howell, Executive Director SoberHood/TROHN
  2. 2. Disabled Group Housing Presentation Objectives: <ul><ul><li>To gain an understanding of group housing and why it is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To understand the far reaching benefits to disabled individuals, families...and society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To understand that different people have different group housing needs and/or at different points in their life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To answer frequently asked questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To understand how you can help </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Disabled Group Housing Introduction <ul><li>General Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Living arrangements where several unrelated individuals who are disabled receive support services along with housing in a single dwelling </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of Disable Group Housing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Lack of affordable housing in competitive markets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of financial resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stigma and discrimination </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Disabled Group Housing Introduction <ul><li>Takes a Village </li></ul><ul><li>Residents House Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer vs Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overnight vs 24/7 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Housing Provider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For profit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Landlord </li></ul><ul><li>Service Providers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Case managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other wrap around services </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Disabled Group Housing Introduction <ul><li>Disabled Individuals Often Need  Group Housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To receive the support they need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To afford services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To live happier, healthier and more productive lives </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Disabled Group Housing Far Reaching Benefits <ul><li>A Rippling Effect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disabled individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family and friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhoods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society as a whole </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Disabled Group Housing Far Reaching Benefits <ul><li>Generates Costs Savings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost effectively providing services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiently matches service levels with service needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces, delays and/or eliminates the need for more costly services </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Disabled Group Housing One-size Does NOT Fit All <ul><li>  m </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>
  9. 9. Disabled Group Housing One-size Does NOT Fit All <ul><li>Diverse Populations and Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-occurring disabilities and/or chronic illnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degree of disability or stage of chronic illnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self determined goals, desires... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender, age, number of dependents... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans, LGBT, re-entry, homeless... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial resources and limitations </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Disabled Group Housing One-size Does NOT Fit All <ul><li>Different Group Housing Models </li></ul><ul><li>Boarding Home </li></ul><ul><li>Board and Care Home </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Therapeutic Community </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted Living Home </li></ul><ul><li>Foster Home </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Faith-based House </li></ul><ul><li>Sober House </li></ul><ul><li>Sober Living House </li></ul><ul><li>Clean and Sober Home </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery Home </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery Residence </li></ul><ul><li>Halfway House </li></ul><ul><li>Three-Quarter House </li></ul><ul><li>Quarter House </li></ul>
  11. 11. Disabled Group Housing One-size Does NOT Fit All <ul><li>m </li></ul>
  12. 12. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>No Effect on Property Value  </li></ul><ul><li>According to Council of Planning Librarians  </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50 studies such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There Goes the Neighborhood: A Summary of Studies Addressing the Most Often Expressed Fears About the Effects of Group Homes on Neighborhoods in Which They Are Placed  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Homes for Developmentally Disabled Persons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Lansing Planning Department, Influence of Halfway Houses and Foster Care Facilities Upon Property Values   </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>No Effect on Neighborhood Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts on the Surrounding Neighborhood of Group Homes for Persons with Developmental Disabilities --  </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Sober Homes Make Great Neighbors: Low Crime, Self Funded, Saves Money, Healthy Lives -- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 Austin Sober Homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2011 Crime Data ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ZERO arrests </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Labor of Love, Not Profits </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Revenue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low income, low resource residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable occupancy rates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Startup costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working capital costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overhead, staffing, wrap around service costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High needs residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing costs  </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Regulation Throws the Disabled Baby Out with the Bathwater </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfunded mandates will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce service quality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the number of available houses, especially for under served populations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Result in discrimination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation is most often proposed by Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) groups rather than Advocates for Persons with Disabilities </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Federally Protected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American's with Disabilities Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Housing Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case Law </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State Regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited by Federal Fair Housing Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire & Safety Codes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical & professional services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local Ordinances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited by Fair Housing Rights </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Disabled Group Housing Frequently Asked Questions <ul><li>Carrots Work Better Than Sticks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power of the purse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Government funding standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofit funding standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinguishing &quot;Good&quot; Providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network (TROHN) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop housing standards </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accreditation and certification process </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Disabled Group Housing How You Can Help <ul><li>Become an Advocate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disabled Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage housing providers to join </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support Housing Nonprofit </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Donate, fundraise... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be a Good Neighbor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet the house management and exchange contact info. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work together on neighborhood projects </li></ul></ul>