Arc and Supportive Housing Training Opportunities for People with IDD
Important new housing options for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Please share with other advocates.
Here are this year’s dates for those interested in creating the additional option of Supportive
Housing for those persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a giant finale on
November 18 when all groups come and speak to members of state government about what
they can create and how the state can partner with them to take advantage of new and
existing housing finance resources:
The Supportive Housing Institute – Sept 10 & 11, Oct 14 & 15, Nov 17 & 18 – This is
the traditional CSH Supportive Housing Institute shortened to six full days of training for
forming a team or developing and teaching a team to develop a specific project. The
Institute is targeted for developers and service providers (potentially led by families or
self-advocates) in understanding and developing ways to partner together or create a
supportive housing project using public money. The Institute helps in knowing the
types of constraints, sources of funding, design considerations for this population, and
a creation of a service model in order to bring this model to scale. It is not necessary to
have a full team yet. Last year’s teams now compose many of the groups taking
advantage of the pilot project.
The Family Seminars – Forming an Effective Local Community Housing Collaboration –
2 choices – [Oct 7 & 8 Northbrook] or [Oct 19 and 20 Springfield] with Jennifer Knapp
and CSH with a Finale in Springfield on Nov 18 – This focuses on family and other
loved ones learning about service and housing options and creating the political push
in their local communities to demand and create new and additional housing options in
your local community. This training looks at public private partnerships, public financing,
and the needs of the local community to make sure that a person with a developmental
or intellectual disability has the option of living in their home community in regular
housing by themselves or with a room-mate (with or without a disability) and that
housing is available along with the required support services if and when it is needed.
Self-Advocates Seminar – 2 choices- [Oct 27 in Chicago] or [Nov 2 in Springfield as a
pre-conference session at Speak Up Speak Out] followed by a November 18 great
Finale in Springfield – This is an opportunity for Self-Advocates to learn about the option
of Supportive Housing and how and when to request it if this is an option they would like.
It is about creating another option where a person selects their housing forst and then
their service provider. It is a philosophy and a civil right supported by the Olmstead and
Ligas court cases which is being offered now to persons with other disabilities. This is a
training about how and when it is right to also offer this option to persons with intellectual
and developmental disabilities.
Expect more on the Family and Self-Advocate Training in the coming weeks.
If you know of an agency or community that wants to join the Institute, please have them contact
me directly. All the dates including some of the pending community meetings are listed in the
attachment to this email,
Senior Program Manager
205 W. Randolph, 23rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
office: 312.332.6690 Ext. 21
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423