MEETING NOTES - Courtesy of Fay Dohman, Hawthorne Foundation

The guest speaker for the meeting was Janet Dreitlein of Monroe Housing Collaborative (Rochester, NY), and she gave a very resourceful presentation and expressed her agency’s willingness to work with families, ID individuals, and agencies in other regions of NY State.  The general concept is that Rochester is one of the more advanced areas for Developmentally Delayed housing and communities in New York State, so let's learn from them.

Janet showcased her agency’s website, and shared the types of resources that they have available for all. The “questionnaire” section of the website has great tools to help individuals discover the type of housing that is the best fit for them, living alone or with a roommate, and a questionnaire on how to match up with a compatible roommate. 

The website also features a list of available and affordable properties, and these Tax Credit and Affordable Housing Properties can be viewed on the website.  Janet has connections with bankers and developers, and she stated that she would be willing to share these resources with other agencies.  

Finally, the design of the website, which they may also be willing to share, would be really great to recreate. Janet’s contact information is:

Janet Dretlein, Monroe Housing Collaborative

Janet Dretlein, Monroe Housing Collaborative

Janet M. Dreitlein, AHM, CAPS

Community Housing Liaison

1000 Elmwood Ave, Suite 300

Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: 585-445-5699


  • John Maltby of WIHD and Carol Napiersa of NYSACRA led the housing discussion where everyone introduced themselves and contributed. 
  • Sam Laganaro the Executive Director of New Horizons Resources has schedule a next Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance meeting for Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 11 AM at New Horizons. 

Original Meeting Announcement

On November 7, 2016, I attended a one day forum titled “Creating Homes and Fostering Independence” that was hosted by NYSACRA. The focus of this one day forum was on partnering people and their families who receive supports with the resources necessary to move from theory to practice in the area of housing options in the Mid-Hudson region of New York State. The day resulted in the creation of the Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance, a group of housing stakeholders working collaboratively to create housing options in the region for people with disabilities. 

The first meeting of the Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance has been scheduled for February 8, 2017.

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Location: New Horizons Resources, Inc.

123 West Road, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. 12569

RSVP by February 3, 2017 to: 

Sam Laganaro, Executive Director – New Horizons Resources, Inc. 

(845)473-3000, ext. 1304

Meeting Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Guest speakers; members of a western regional housing alliance
  • Facilitated discussion on the structure of the Alliance: 
    • Mission of the Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance
    • Membership; ensure all housing stakeholders are represented
    • Desired outcomes
    • Frequency of meetings
  • Other

Many thanks to Sam Laganaro for taking the lead and organizing.