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Voices Uniting: Coalition for Community Choice

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The Coalition for Community Choice has come together as a unified voice for increasing options and decreasing barriers to housing choices.

 

Several years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule change that included changes that defined what settings people with disabilities could use for their Home & Community-Based Service (HCBS) waivers, a funding resource that offers people the chance for greater choice of their desired service providers. Ironically, the proposed policy actually restricted options, and the responses to these changes were overwhelming (See LTO Venture’s Choice v Olmstead for a great commentary).

 

These changes provoked another round of modifications and release for public comment, which, despite previous feedback, continued to include restrictive definitions of “home and community”. The final version was just released, and the CCC is writing a policy brief to explain what these changes may mean for current housing options and the future development of innovative housing for people with disabilities. With almost one million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities still living with caregivers over the age of 60, policy should not be creating any barriers to new affordable housing options.

 

In light of these staggering figures, Madison House Autism Foundation committed to bringing together like-minded people and organizations in an effort to explore strategies to ensure that people with disabilities, not policymakers, have the right to define their own home and community. People, who have found their sense of belonging and purpose in intentional communities, who live and work in farm communities, who are planning to move into an apartment building with “smart home” technology and design strategies for their unique needs, or who choose to live in neighboring homes with their peers on the same cul-de-sac, have the right to live in a home and community of their choice.

 

If you believe people with disabilities should have the broadest range of affordable and accessible housing options, please contact Desiree at [email protected] to add your name and/or organization to the growing list of CCC supporters and stay connected for future advocacy alerts.

 

 

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  1. ATTN: Supporters of Housing Choice |
    ATTN: Supporters of Housing Choice |03-06-2014

    […] The Coalition for Community Choice (CCC) will be sending the following letter of “thanks” to the CMS in the next two weeks in response to their recent final ruling. Please let us know (below) if you or your organization would like to be added as a signatory, and/or if you would like to join the CCC mailing list for action alerts. […]

  2. What did 40 organizations from 17 states send to CMS yesterday? |
    What did 40 organizations from 17 states send to CMS yesterday? |03-07-2014

    […] just several months, the Coalition for Community Choice (CCC) has grown into a robust network of organizations, which are dedicated to increasing options and […]

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