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Housing options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Home can mean different things to different people. Home can be in a variety of settings, such as an apartment where you live alone or a house you share with relatives or non-related roommates. To accommodate your disability, you may need services in your home. Or you may want to consider housing options that include services and are designed to meet your needs.

I’m comfortable living with my family.

Some individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) enjoy living with their loved ones. If you and a loved one need help to meet your personal needs, there are private and community services that make remaining in your home more manageable.

What are my housing options outside of my family’s home?

Many individuals who have IDD thrive outside of their family’s home. A Community Living Arrangement (CLA), sometimes called a group home, is a house where a few individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together. The home has staff to help provide services and support. Individuals in CLAs typically receive services paid by Medicaid. This setting can be a good option if you need support with daily activities like eating or dressing and also want to interact with others.

Contact empowerline or reach out to your local Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Community Service Board for more information about CLAs and other options and resources for individuals with IDD.

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