One of the most pressing questions for parents is, “Where will my child live?” This concern has implications well beyond today, and the housing issue is a complex one to navigate. On this site, you will learn more about the types of housing, the funding for housing, the locations of housing, and, if motivated, how parents can establish residences for their child and others. There are various options and information streams to help you and your adult child on the autism spectrum navigate the housing landscape. Please be sure to visit our most robust housing resource, the Autism Housing network by clicking here.
Here are some resources to get you started.
A toolkit is a resource manual that is broken down into helpful sections. Please explore the various housing toolkits below.
- A City for Marc: An Inclusive Urban Design Approach to Planning for Adults with Autism (Kansas State University landscape architecture student Elizabeth Decker created a toolkit to promote urban environments that are inclusive of her younger brother, Marc.)
- Housing and Residential Supports (PDF, Autism Speaks)
The articles and guides below cover a variety of topics related to housing. Some are written by individuals who have developed housing, others were written by organizations, universities, and by parents and family members like you.
- Housing Options for Adults with ASD (PDF, Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare)
- 9 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home (E-book by Rainbow Acres)
- Group Homes and Residential Supports for People with Autism (Foundation for Autism Public Support and Training)
- 25 Brilliant Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Live Small (Distractify)
- Federal Housing Resources Guide (Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.)
- Person-Centered Thinking and Planning (University of Minnesota)
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- Financial Resources to Rent or Buy a Home (Autism NOW)
- National Housing and Residential Supports Survey (Autism Speaks)
- Separate and Unequal, Harkin 2013 Report (U.S. Senate)
- 2012 Priced Out (Rental study, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.)
- A Sensory Friendly Home (E-book by FCbooks)
- Presentation on Emerging Housing Projects and Legislation (MHAF and LTO Ventures)
- Accessibility Checklist (Easter Seals)
- Making Homes That Work (Creative Housing Solutions)
- Advancing Full Spectrum Housing (Report by Arizona State University)
- HomeWorks (Virtual manual for creating a resident-owned independent living option using government supports for low income individuals with disabilities)
The websites below offer comprehensive support and/or information related to a variety of housing issues.
- Autism Housing Network (Sponsored by Madison House, this is an online collection of the nation’s best residential options)
- SmartHome: Imagine! (Highlights several homes that were designed to incorporate cutting edge technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of service and supports for people with disabilities)
- Final HCBS Regulation and State Deadlines (Resources produced by Medicaid including the final version of the new HCBS regulations, the guidance that was given to states, key provisions on setting requirements, FAQ, and state specific information and resources)
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- NARPAA (National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism)
- State Medicaid Directors (List of all state Medicaid Directors – the person in charge of allocating the federal funding from the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) that serves a variety of people including those with disabilities in long term support services)
- Low Income Housing Tax Credit List (Low Income Housing Tax Credit program is a Federal based program of the US Dept. of Treasury. Every state is given this funding to become an incentive to public-private development of affordable housing.)
- Fair Housing Accessibility First (Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is a new initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.)
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