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is designed to help families communicate with other
families with similar interests to find or create a
home for their lov...
Established in January 2013, MFOFC Housing Connections
is the first of its kind offered in New England.
It is our hope tha...
http://www.mfofc-hc.org/housingconnections/
The 4 Step Housing Connections Process
STEP 1: REGISTRATION
The family member or caregiver will create a Housing Connections Account by registering. Registration...
Complete the member agreement,
and click SEND:
There is no charge to join Housing Connections.
MFOFC welcomes all people i...
STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR
STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d)
The Housing Connector tool starts with
a series of questions that relate to the
ind...
STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d)
STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d)
We would encourage you to
include some additional
information under question
25; th...
STEP 3: SEARCH
STEP 3: SEARCH (cont’d)
Click the Housing Connector Tab in the Main Menu to screen for matches:
STEP 3: SEARCH (cont’d)
The Key Factors are filters to help you narrow your search of
potential matches. Choose the Key Fa...
STEP 4: COMMUNICATION
Either download or email your matches:
STEP 4: COMMUNICATION (cont’d)
Open the file in a spreadsheet:
For those unfamiliar with Excel, this basic
tutorial video ...
The column titles are on the top. Each row represents a member’s
questionnaire response.
Re-sizing the columns may make th...
Freezing the column and row headings is also helpful.
Highlight cell B2, and click on “Freeze Panes” under the “View” tab ...
Look through the information for possible matches.
The “Additional Information” (last column), if used, can be particularl...
Using the Information:
Refer to the Housing Connections Resources page. Here you will find a
list of “Frequently Asked Que...
“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you
need to open the door is just one more good idea.”
Jim Rohn
Thank you for y...
Upgrade to the Housing Connector Tool
http://www.mfofc-hc.org/housingconnections/
was made possible with a grant from the
...
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MFOFC Housing Connections

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Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) Housing Connections is designed to help families communicate with other families with similar interests to find or create a home for their loved one with a disability.

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MFOFC Housing Connections

  1. 1. is designed to help families communicate with other families with similar interests to find or create a home for their loved one with a disability Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change A statewide, grassroots coalition dedicated to individual and family support www.mfofc.org
  2. 2. Established in January 2013, MFOFC Housing Connections is the first of its kind offered in New England. It is our hope that this tool will serve as a key that opens doors of opportunity to help create an enriching life for the individual. A life that is filled with valued friendships, real relationships, meaningful employment, community participation and the ideal living situation to call HOME.
  3. 3. http://www.mfofc-hc.org/housingconnections/ The 4 Step Housing Connections Process
  4. 4. STEP 1: REGISTRATION The family member or caregiver will create a Housing Connections Account by registering. Registration will initiate membership to MFOFC and Housing Connections and create a Profile. The Profile is the identity of the Member and will enable communication with other Members while maintaining privacy.
  5. 5. Complete the member agreement, and click SEND: There is no charge to join Housing Connections. MFOFC welcomes all people interested in the issues we pursue. If you are not currently a member of MFOFC, registration to MFOFC Housing Connections will automatically initiate membership.
  6. 6. STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR
  7. 7. STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d) The Housing Connector tool starts with a series of questions that relate to the individual personally, daily living needs, financial and material support and other relevant information. The answers to these questions will enable Members to locate people with similar goals who may be compatible future housing mates. Many families cannot or choose not to answer every question, which is OK. The questionnaire is not designed to be exhaustive, but rather to be a starting point for finding potential housemates.
  8. 8. STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d)
  9. 9. STEP 2: THE HOUSING CONNECTOR (cont’d) We would encourage you to include some additional information under question 25; this can provide insight into the type of situation you seek. Save your responses when you are done. Answers to any of these 25 questions may change over time. You can change your answers at any time. To Update your information, log in to your account and then click on the Questionnaire Tab in the Main Menu to display your existing responses. Make your changes and when complete, click “Save”.
  10. 10. STEP 3: SEARCH
  11. 11. STEP 3: SEARCH (cont’d) Click the Housing Connector Tab in the Main Menu to screen for matches:
  12. 12. STEP 3: SEARCH (cont’d) The Key Factors are filters to help you narrow your search of potential matches. Choose the Key Factor(s) most important to you and click “Search”:
  13. 13. STEP 4: COMMUNICATION Either download or email your matches:
  14. 14. STEP 4: COMMUNICATION (cont’d) Open the file in a spreadsheet: For those unfamiliar with Excel, this basic tutorial video may be of help. *This video is also on the Housing Connections Resources page (FAQs)
  15. 15. The column titles are on the top. Each row represents a member’s questionnaire response. Re-sizing the columns may make them easier to read:
  16. 16. Freezing the column and row headings is also helpful. Highlight cell B2, and click on “Freeze Panes” under the “View” tab in Excel. This will keep the column headings and email addresses in place as you scroll through the information.
  17. 17. Look through the information for possible matches. The “Additional Information” (last column), if used, can be particularly insightful. Use the masked email addresses in column A to contact possible matches.
  18. 18. Using the Information: Refer to the Housing Connections Resources page. Here you will find a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs), housing related publications and links to additional resources.
  19. 19. “Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” Jim Rohn Thank you for your interest in Housing Connections. We welcome your feedback and invite you to send your comments or questions to: mfofc@mfofc.org
  20. 20. Upgrade to the Housing Connector Tool http://www.mfofc-hc.org/housingconnections/ was made possible with a grant from the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC).

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