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ERIC Number: EJ880853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
Johnston, Diana Armatage
Exceptional Parent, v40 n3 p25-26 Mar 2010
Parents accustomed to a free and appropriate public education for their special children are shocked to find that there is no comparable housing assistance program when it is time for their adult children to finish school and leave home. An adult child's SSI income is usually less than the average monthly apartment rent in his neighborhood, so most adult children with disabilities will need both housing and community support subsidies to live independently. The problem is that there is no "entitlement" to either Section 8 housing or community based waiver assistance and the waiting lists for help are long. Faced with these hard realities, families, often with advocacy organization help, have taken the lead in developing innovative supportive living arrangements for their children with disabilities. Developing a home for adult children is a substantial challenge, as the Marram Place parents have learned. How to maintain and fund independent homes for adults with disabilities "in the long run" is an even greater challenge--a challenge which families, advocacy organizations and non-profit housing groups in western North Carolina are working together to meet. The Marram Place parents are so pleased with the home they have made for their sons that they wanted to help other parents reach the same goal more quickly. To provide that help, Roxanne Colwell, Program Coordinator of the Family Support Network of WNC, organized two housing workshops as part of her Fall 2009 Series: "They Will Not Be Kids Forever!" Planning for the two housing workshops brought together local affordable housing experts, representatives from advocacy organizations serving the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, brain injured and autism communities, plus the Marram Place parents. Active involvement by parents, advocacy organizations and other non-profit organizations is the distinguishing feature of the diverse efforts now underway to address the looming housing crisis that faces the growing population of adults with disabilities. There is no one size fits all solution to this problem. But producing a reliable charitable stream of income to help pay the very high cost of providing supportive, independent housing for adults with disabilities may help. Entitlement to community supports and housing assistance for adults with disabilities would certainly help.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina