My Home My Community is building on successful initiatives by the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada local member associations and affiliates. These initiatives show the power of partnerships between local providers, housing developers, community leaders and people with intellectual disabilities and their families to develop innovative solutions to overcome barriers to affordable housing and inclusive communities.
In this section we highlight a number of success stories of local partners. They are blazing new pathways to a home of one's own, in community, with flexible supports, networks of family, friends and community members, and social and economic opportunity. Our aim is to scale up these models with local-to-national partnerships. Together we can remove barriers to inclusive, accessible and affordable housing for the over 100,000 Canadians with intellectual disabilities in need of a place to call home.
My home my choice:
Travis Tuck is 26-years-old, owns his own business, has a dog named Max, and lives in his own apartment.
Travis also has an intellectual disability and used to live in a group home in Parry Sound, Ontario. His goal, however, was always to move out on his own into a place that truly felt like 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.