The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) officially released a new resource for individuals with developmental disabilities and families to create another option for housing in their local community. The workbook lays out a framework to define the type of housing you want to create and to help you decide exactly what type of housing a person with IDD might want to live in and what support is needed to create that housing and supports.

If that model does not exist and you will need to form a collaboration for community support, this workbook helps you to create a project in your community. The shared model of advocacy is the model that the NAMI Housing Task Force helped to create in the northwest suburbs as they insisted that the communities come together and create this housing.

For more information on the approach and help organizing in your community, please contact, John Fallon, Senior Program Manager, CSH, 312.332.6690 Ext. 21, cell: 773.719.4601, John.Fallon@CSH.ORG

Please feel free to share this important option with other advocates.


New CSH-Designed Workbook Helps
Locate Housing Options

As part of our ongoing program work in Illinois, and with the support of the Illinois Council for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ICDD), CSH has developed a Supportive Housing Workbook for People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families.

This Workbook assists families as they move through the process of selecting an ideal affordable housing setting and matching it to the person-centered support services needed to live independently. After understanding what type of housing could be right, the family can determine if it is available locally or in another community.

If the appropriate housing does not exist, this Workbook lays out a strategy families can follow to make sure developers create housing that works for their family member as well as other families in the local community. This includes an explanation of steps to unite and create the required coalitions and grass-roots support that drive developers and service providers toward creation of the appropriate housing.

The Workbook also includes helpful information about supportive housing. Families impacted by intellectual or developmental disabilities are excited when they learn supportive housing is a viable option and are eager for it to be included in the array of housing and services available to their family members.

Click here to access the Workbook.


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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
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