Housing News



February 2015

New Concept in Housing For Disabled to Emerge | The Ledger

Much of the money has been secured — nearly $14 million to date. The blueprints are being readied. A builder has been hired. >> read more

January 2015

Housing Development For Autistic Adults Takes Next Step in Orleans | CapeCod.com

How’s this for some exciting housing news? What an amazing community for supporting Cape Village Inc’s use of the Community Preservation Act funds. >> read more

December 2014

Two sides of disability housing debate | Delaware Online

People with ‪#‎disabilities‬ shouldn’t be given a limited set of housing options. The regulations are in place to make sure individuals are in a setting they want to be in, that allows them to thrive with the supports they need individually. >> read more

November 2014

Residents at home for disabled in Pembroke worry new regulations could affect them  | The Patriot Ledger

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March published new rules related to Medicaid-funded home and community-based services, including residential programs for disabled adults. States have been given a year to submit plans showing how they will comply with the new rules, which emphasize access to community and integrated settings. >> read more

Federal rule change could be costly, change mission of autism program | The Blade

The rule states that waiver money cannot be given for programs in settings that aren’t considered ‘home and community based’ or are institutional or isolating. It has the potential to affect the nearly 6,000 facilities in Ohio that offer waiver services. These institutional settings include nursing facilities, hospitals, and intermediate care facilities. Settings in the same building or ‘adjacent to’ institutional-like settings are also not eligible for HCBS waivers. Well-intentioned as it is, the rule has left care providers across Ohio wondering what it means for their programming. >> read more 

Building a house for people with Autism | ABC

An Austin organization called The Autism Trust has been working on a house for people with autism, as previously reported by KVUE News. >> read more

Those with disabilities: Where should they live? | Delaware Online

“People aren’t things that can be put in nice boxes …” >> read more

October 2014

Where will 4.903 Million Individuals Live? | Youtube

October 2014

A New Nursing Home Population: The YoungNPR

What are the up-front costs to states of providing care at home, and why might states decide to cut budgets/shift the cost to private facilities and individuals? >> read more

A Couple Gaining Independence, and Finding a Bond NY Times

“Peter Maxmean, 35, and Lori Sousa, 48, met five years ago at a sheltered workshop in North Providence, where people with intellectual ‪#‎disabilities‬performed repetitive jobs for little pay, in isolation. But when a federal investigation turned that workshop upside down last year, among those tumbling into the daylight were two people who had fallen in love within its cinder block walls.” >> read full article

September 2014

Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds | Huffington Post

“Jane, a 60-year-old single mother of five who has ‪#‎autism‬ as well as a neuromuscular disability and runs a small business, told the report’s authors that the time she spends advocating for herself and her children detracts from the time she has available to work. ‘The assumption is that disabled people are incompetent, and we don’t have family obligations, [and] that we are stealing from the system,’ she said. ‘But being poor is a full-time job.'” >> read full article

August 2014

TV Series To Examine Life During Transition | Disability Scoop

This is the kind of reality TV the world needs! Kudos to ‪#‎OWN‬. The new documentary-style series airs September 7. >> read more

Fred Fiddle, Co-Founder of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, is Dedicated to Fulfilling A Mission in Memory of His Son | Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation

We thank Linda and Fred Fiddle for founding the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in memory of their son, Daniel, and their dedication to carrying out his legacy to provide opportunities for the diverse adult autism community so as to raise their quality of life and give them a place in the world that would be better for them and their families. >> read more

Jean of Ark | PDF

In honor of the 50th anniversary of L’arche Communities, here is the incredible story of Jean Vanier and the international movement that stemmed from his one action. >> read more

June 2014

How Animal Farm Communities Create a New World for Many with Autism | Fox Business

In the middle of the English countryside, Lydia Otter has made it her life’s mission to work with people like Peter Griffin, a 26-year-old with severe autism. Griffin can hardly speak, but he has flourished at Pennyhooks Care Farm, a farm community focused on therapeutic agriculture, taking up woodworking and working daily on the land. >>read more

Urban Design Can Change The Lives Of People With Autism | Fast Company

Elizabeth Decker has designed a toolkit to make cities more inclusive. >> read more 

Helping Adults with Autism Live Independently | Frontdoors News

First Place AZ is launching a new residential transition academy for adults with autism at 29 Palms Apartments in Phoenix. >> read article

May 2014

Surrounding My Autistic Son With Community That Matters | Blog Her

A mom explains how she envisions her autistic son’s future and the community’s involvement in it. >> read article

Many With Disabilities Find Choices Dwindle With Age | Disability Scoop

Monica’s story about navigating the difficult system and finding a place to call home. >> read story

April 2014

Benjamin’s Hope bursting with spring activity | Holland Sentinel

This article details all of the upcoming events and changes taking place at the special needs community, Benjamin’s Hope. >> read article

10 Things You Should Know about Housing | Disability.Gov

A feature on housing tips in the April Disability Connection Newsletter. >> read more

March 2014

Hiring a Caregiver: How to Ask the Right Questions | Autism After 16

“Hiring a Caregiver: How to Ask the Right Questions” by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli, mother of an adult daughter with ‪#‎autism‬>> read more 

Newly renovated properties helping adults with disabilities | News8000

Newly renovated properties in La Crosse are helping adults with disabilities live more independently. >> read feature

February 2014

5-Star Rating Yields “Best Nursing Home” | Annandale Village

The D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing of Annandale Village has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes”. >> read article 

December 2013

North Lakeland Nonprofit Housing Complex Lands $14 Million Grant | The Ledger

The Villages at Noah’s Landing on the shore of Lake Crago in North Lakeland, complete with clubhouse and working farm, is a concept that took a giant leap forward Friday. >> read more