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1 Mary Scott Transition Resource Teacher Baltimore County Public Schools & Annie’s mom Diane Dressler Program Director for Adult Training and Services Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute Got Housing?

2 People with disabilities control where and with whom they live. All people live in inclusive communities. People with disabilities choose the persons who will best support them to meet their goals and needs. Environments support the person. Vision

3 Step #1: Apply for SSI upon young adult’s 18 th birthday –Include copies of all evaluations, assessments, school records related to disability. Make sure that the diagnosis is clear. –Describe the young adult on his or her WORST day. Benefits Information/Counseling: - Local Center for Independent Living (CIL) - Maryland Department of Disabilities Steps towards the vision

4 Step #2: Apply for Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) when young adult is 18. Apply at the public housing agency where the young adult lives and/or works: Provide a secondary contact: family member, resource coordinator. Identify applicant as a person with a disability. Notify housing office if you move. Steps towards the vision

5 Prepare to wait! 5 And more about Section 8 housing

6 Step #3: Establish credit –Open a checking and savings account. Not reported to credit bureaus but vital for lender consideration –Apply for credit card, personal loans. Apply for unsecured credit first Don’t apply for several credit cards at one time Use credit card for small purchases and pay off each month If denied, apply for secured credit –Designate young adult as an authorized user on the parent’s account. –Put utilities in young adult’s name. –Open a separate cell phone account for young adult. –Have young adult pay for room and board with a check, provide a receipt and track payments. Steps towards the vision

7 Step #4: Make a budget - List all income –List all expenses –Include savings –Be careful not to exceed the asset and resource limit for SSI eligibility. Wells Fargo Budget Sheet Steps towards the vision

8 Step #6: Determine your housing strategy Family home Group home Individual family care Rented room, apartment or house Purchase home Steps towards the vision

9 Step #6: Determine your housing strategy Shared home Informal arrangement with family or friends Residential supports through MHA 9 Steps toward the vision

10 In-home supports –DDA: –Medicaid Personal Care Program: Personal%20Care.htm Environmental modifications –MD Technical Assistance Program: –Dept. of Rehabilitation Services: –Dept. of Housing and Community Development: Local governments Family home

11 Also called Alternative Living Unit (3 or fewer unrelated persons). Services are funded by DDA – housing is NOT. Controlled by service provider (owned or leased). Choice limitations –Where to live –With whom to live. DDA: Group home

12 Residential service through DDA. Person lives with a caregiver in the caregiver’s home. Caregiver is trained to provide supports. Similar to adult foster care. DDA: 12 Individual Family Care (IFC)

13 Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Will provide an extra bedroom (no additional rent) for a live-in care giver if medical documentation supports the need. Section 8 Made Simple: Public Housing through local public housing agency –Some counties have this, some don’t. Project-based rental assistance Renting

14 MD Housing Search Go Section 8 Realtors, newspapers, Craig’s List Local housing office (if you have received a voucher) Finding affordable rental housing

15 Most landlords require a tenant to have renter’s insurance. This is for tenant’s and landlord’s protection. Covers household contents. Typical cost is $5-40 per month depending on coverage amount, deductible and location. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Explanation of renter’s insurance: Renter’s insurance

16 Owning a home does not affect Medicaid, SSI or SSDI benefits!! –Paying roommate is allowable – roommate contribution cannot be more than 50% of expenses (mortgage, utilities and food). Homeownership for Individuals with Disabilities Program Home ownership

17 Paying roommate. Supports in lieu of rent. Live-in caregiver –Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) –DDA Waiver – pays additional rent incurred for care giver bedroom at Fair Market Rent value. Fair Market Rent Information (also useful for Housing Choice Voucher program) House sharing

18 Some families create their own in-home support system using family and community resources. –Use personal resources, friends, faith-based community – whatever it takes. 18 Informal arrangements

19 Anyone accessing MHA resources needs to have Medical Assistance. Each county has a Core Service Agency that helps people find resources. MHA Website 19 Residential supports through Mental Hygiene Administration

20 If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem. Dr. Robert Anthony 20

21 Write a job description which includes information about your interests and activities as well as what you need from a support person. Expect your support person to pass a criminal background check and drug test and to have a good driving record, if driving is included in the job. Ask for personal references. Finding Support Staff

22 Send the job description to everyone you know! Look first in your own community (colleges – friends - schools attended –churches - social groups - fraternal organizations) before advertising on the Internet or in the paper. 22 More about finding support staff….

23 Ask a trusted person to screen calls from interested persons. Interview interested persons in a public place; invite a friend or family member to join you. Consider spending time with job applicants before committing to hiring. 23 And still more….

24 If you receive DDA-funded services, ask about start-up funds for furnishing your home. Ask family and friends to help you gather furniture, kitchen items, linens and accessories. Check thrift stores, consignment shops and auctions for great deals. 24 And now the fun part!

25 Your home should reflect your personality. Choose the colors you like best. Hang your favorite pictures. Enjoy your new space! Furnishing a home: Supplying a kitchen: 25 Make your space beautiful!

26 Arrange whatever pieces come your way! Virginia Woolf 26 A furniture and life lesson….

27 Kennedy Krieger Resource Finder Maryland Community Services Locator Assistive Technology Housing and Disability Services Resource Guide'snew/Resource%20 Guide%20Update%202011%20final_online.pdf Resources On the Web

28 Contact Information Mary E. Scott Baltimore County Public Schools 410-821-1082 Diane Dressler Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute 443-923-9555 28

29 At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope that it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. Frances Hodgson Burnett 29

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