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LAUNCHED: New York Housing Resource Center (HRC) for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

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LAUNCHED: New York Housing Resource Center (HRC) for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Last week, Carol Napierski of NYSACRA and John Maltby of the Westchester Institute for Human Development announced their newest online resource for housing in New York State:

"The New York Housing Resource Center (HRC) for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities was developed by NYSACRA with funds received through the Balancing Incentive Program grant (BIP). The HRC will act as a clearinghouse for information and resources for housing professionals across the state and will help to foster collaboration between and among the housing industry and related professions, service provider agencies and people with I/DD. The HRC will provide all housing stakeholders with technical assistance on housing matters and community training for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families."

NYSACRA is a catalyst and leading advocate for people who have developmental disabilities and organizations that support them.

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) addresses the needs of the community through professional education programs, technical assistance, research, and dissemination of information.


A couple of thoughts:

  • Combined with Dr Jo Anne Schneider'a "Housing Options" report, we are starting to see a roadmap of options and paths that we can explore. 
  • There is a Housing Navigator section on the HRC website that I am exploring. I have access as I am a Housing Navigator in New York State. Most of the resources are public for now and feel free to ask me any questions that may be missing. 
  • Carol and John have stated that this HRC website is a work in process, so again, feel free to ask questions. 
  • OPWDD - There are now many readers from OPWDD of this Blog and we need more interaction with them. This is a complicated process at best, and we need conversations directly with them rather than through third parties. There are many things that I "think they are thinking" at this point, but we need to get to the "next level" with OPWDD to see where we are going. 

Again, a great start for a potentially great resource, and we need to get to the next level of conversation. 

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NYSACRA - May 31, 2017 New York City Regional Housing Meeting

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NYSACRA - May 31, 2017 New York City Regional Housing Meeting

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New York City Regional Housing Alliance Creating Homes and Fostering Independence

The New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) was awarded a Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) grant to provide education that promotes and enhances individual housing options. Early into the grant, NYSACRA hosted a series of regional forums to gain insight into the unique considerations involved in creating or obtaining housing within a region. There was at least one forum in each of the five Developmental Disability Regions. 

Results of the regional housing forum meetings were included in the Report to theHousing Task Force published in December of 2015. The next stage in this work is to meet again in each region and assist in creating new housing alliances or enhancing existing ones. Developing and maintaining a working collaborative regionally with ALL housing stakeholders is truly essential in generating new housing opportunities. 

NYSACRA is pleased to sponsor a morning conference on how to partner with developers, lenders, government stakeholders, provider agencies and people receiving support and their families to create more independent housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Date:          May 31, 2017
Time:          10:00-12:30
Location:    AHRC NYC
                     83 Maiden Lane
                     NY, NY 10038

Click hereto register

Click here to download the report to the housing task force.
Questions please contact Carol Napierski caroln@nysacra.org

 

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Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance – Creating Homes and Fostering Independence

Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance – Creating Homes and Fostering Independence

New Horizons Foundation

New Horizons Foundation

On November 7, 2016, I attended the first "Mid-Hudson Housing Alliance", which was sponsored by our friend Carol Napierski of NY State Association of Community and Sam Laganaro of New Horizons Resources. It was a regional meeting focused on the "Mid-Hudson" region roughly defined as north of NYC and south of Albany.

Topics included:

  • Opening Remarks by organizer Sam Laganaro, New Horizons Resources
  • Value of Housing Alliances Ken Regan; Regan Development Corp.
  • Why we are Here? - Overview of Vision and Resources: Monica Robinson and Jennifer Rodriguez of New Horizons Resources
  • Why Collaboration has such an Impact on Creation of Housing: John Maltby; Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Panel Discussion- Strategies to Creating a Viable Housing Network in the Mid-Hudson Valley:
    • Mary Ellen Moeser; Home and Community Living (HCL) OPWDD
    • Benny Serrano; USDA
    • Doug Olcott; Community Preservation Corp., Hudson Valley
    • Lisa Irizarry; NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)
    • Jeffery Fox, Ph.D., Abilities First, Inc.
    • Ken Kearney; Kearney Realty Group

This was a first meeting for the group, and it was a very good effort to bring together some legacy and new parties into the discussion about housing and communities for adults with Developmental Disabilities. It is my continued belief that REAL innovation in this community will come from "Self-Direction" models as pictured below:

There is still a default in the DD Community to "what has been done" rather than "what can be done". "Integration" with a "Self-Directed" budget is where real innovation (and cost reduction) can be found for the next generation of DD adults.