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Senior Population and Special Needs Development and Design Designing housing to meet the needs of seniors and disabled persons.

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1 Senior Population and Special Needs Development and Design Designing housing to meet the needs of seniors and disabled persons

2 Special Needs Populations Homeless individuals and families Persons with mental health issues Persons with substance abuse issues Individuals with developmental disabilities Transitioning youth The ever increasing senior population

3 Promote the expansion of affordable housing Special Needs populations Determine the gap in the market for those who are underserved and have needs that are not being met by mainstream housing. What do we do well? As an agency, what are we lacking to accommodate these individuals? Do we need specialized training for staff to offer more in depth supportive services?

4 Determine who can best serve Special Populations As an agency, we need to identify staff members who truly have the compassion and the calling to work with different segments of the population such as children, seniors, and challenged individuals. Recognize maintenance, supportive service and property management staff members who have the empathy to deal with different sectors of those we serve.

5 Take the Time to Know Your Market In today’s world we have “studies” and surveys for everything…. BUT….do we really take the time to know who our consumers are….and what basic needs they require to live a quality life. Taking the time, up front, to acquaint yourself with your program participant and their needs results in a successful relationship and understanding of the housing program. Realize “one size does not fit all”

6 Maintain Housing Stability for Vulnerable Households Providing Transportation Housekeeping Grocery Shopping Preparing Meals Arranging for Outside Services Managing Finances Giving notices / messages

7 Sample Case Study for 504 Compliance Individuals diagnosed with Autism often have heightened sensory awareness. Noises that may be normal or not even noticed by others can be overwhelming to individuals with Autism. Lighting may also affect an individual with Autism. It is not uncommon for bright or flickering light to cause discomfort or distraction.

8 Sample Case Study continued Something as simple as changing the type of light bulb used can have a positive effect on someone who has light sensitivities. A thorough assessment of an individual’s environment should be taken into consideration and planned accordingly to ensure a calm and healthy atmosphere.

9 By getting to know your client… Avoid lease violations Prevent termination from program which could lead to eventual: Group home placement Personal care facility Incarceration Homelessness Return to family home

10 If you have any questions, feel free to contact me Ed Jenkins Deputy Director Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs ext 228


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