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"It Makes Me Feel Like A Grown Up" Dignified Housing In Connecticut

White picket fence my ideal home.jpg1Note:  THIS article brings us great joy! For years, many of us have been thinking about how and where our adult children with autism and other diagnoses will live. It's "easy" to say they will live us forever. It sounds good. It makes us feel good. But is it best for our kids? Hear me out. Look at Nick Sinacori's statement, "It makes me feel like a grown up."  He's 26. He is a man. This might be the first time he has ever felt like something other than "someone's son." I've been thinking about how Autism Age, our formal name, can work on housing ideas here in Connecticut. Our state is very expensive. A newer two bedroom apartment in my area will cost a minimum of $2300 a month. SSI is around $800.  Add $194 in food benefits and you're still unable to afford average housing here.  For many, congregate living in not an option due to noise, sleep habits, and behaviors. I am always looking for people who have ideas and knowledge about grants, fund raising and how we can create models that work - for the men and women we call..... our children. 

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For nearly 20 developmentally disabled young people, the new Bear Woods apartments in Canton offer their first chance to live outside their families’ homes.

“I feel really good to be here — it makes me feel like a grownup,” said Nick Sinacori, 26, who until now has had to live with his parents at their house in Simsbury.

From the outside Bear Woods looks much like any other newly built apartment complex, but officials at Favarh believe it’s a model that could transform housing for the developmentally disabled.

They’re opening a similar complex in Bloomfield this summer for middle-aged and older tenants, and are hearing from other organizations for the developmentally disabled inquiring about the logistics, financing and day-to-day operations. Read more at the Hartford Courant.

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angus files


I tried the link but it wouldn't work outside Europe. I found the link (below) seen a couple of comments about the company.

"I had tried to apply back in February. Recieved a call, asked about clarification on pet policy, as my child is autistic and has a cat. Was told they didn't know and removed from waiting list apparently. Called again two weeks ago, still waiting for applications Still trying to apply and can't get a hold of anyone. Would be perfect for my daughter and I , and am still interested."


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sad with autism

This sounds more good and doesn’t sound as bad as group homes or related institutions, but with rapidly rising autism/IDD rates I don’t know if society will care for us like our parents did. Rising demand, construction difficulties, costs and living conditions.

I don’t know if anything will get any better, until the causes (of rising neurological disorders of unidentifiable chromosomal origin) are dealt with on a large and continuous scale.

Vicki Hill

There are similar housing units going up around the country. But notice the mix: 10 units for people with disabilities in a 40-unit development. That is because of federal rules making it very difficult to have more than 25% of any development set-aside for people with disabilities. And that means that, if you want to create such housing, you have to create 4x as much housing as is needed to keep the feds happy - whether or not your community needs the additional non-disability-friendly housing. I know of some which have combined housing for people with disabilities with housing for the elderly. The feds permit elderly people to choose to live in the same development, while they limit the percentage of people with disabilities who can choose to live in a single development.

The other way around onerous regulations is small group homes. 3 people or less are not subject to the same level of regulation as 4 people or more. That can work if the people will not need more than 1 caregiver for all 3, but can be challenging for people with higher levels of need.

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