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. 

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.

For assistance with housing needs for older adults, you can contact the NORC project manager, Janie Walker at jwalker@jfga.org or 404-870-1638, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for needs related to seniors (60+).