A home of one’s own, either rented or owned, is the cornerstone of independence for any individual. Many people with disabilities face tremendous difficulties in getting and keeping adequate housing. They face obstacles like discrimination, inaccessible construction and unaffordable housing. There are many government supports for home ownership and rental housing to help you find a desired living arrangement.
Housing will probably be your largest monthly expenditure. Prior to living independently, one should develop a monthly budget that calculates income and expenses for housing, utilities, transportation, et cetera.
Even though many teenagers and their parents are not thinking about future housing arrangements, this is the time to start preparing. It is important for all parties to be prepared for this transition and there can be a considerable waiting list to find appropriate housing.
The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) at Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) is a highly individualized, person-centered supported living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. They also host the Moving Out Club, which links transition-age individuals who are ready to move from their families' homes with like-minded and compatible roommates. As roommates are identified, JF&CS provides supportive services to help achieve this milestone.