Across the country, families and community partners are already blazing new pathways to inclusive affordable housing. Here are the stories of how they’ve helped people with developmental disabilities find a home of their own, where they can live with dignity, choice and inclusion.
These initiatives show the power of partnerships between local providers, housing developers, community leaders and people with developmental disabilities and their families. My Home My Community is working to scale up these models, to remove barriers to inclusive affordable housing for the over 100,000 Canadians with developmental disabilities in need of a stable, affordable and inclusive place to call home.
Finally Living on My Own in Semiahmoo
Stacey Kohler is 33-years-old. Up until this Summer, she had been living with her parents in their family home - and had been preparing to live independently for what seemed like forever. That preparation finally paid off when Stacey moved into her own apartment in the Semiahmoo House Society Chorus Apartments in Surrey, British Columbia this Fall.
LIGHTS: A LIGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY
In November 2014, 110 families have joined LIGHTS on their journey towards independence. More than 24 young men and women with intellectual disabilities have completed the process, and are living independently with LIGHTS support.
Alex is one of them.
A home of my home: Isabelle's story
Isabelle is a 30-year-old woman who recently moved into a home of her own with the assistance of Restigouche Residential Services.
Located in New Brunswick, Restigouche Residential Services has transformed its traditional housing services to support persons with intellectual disabilities to live in community.