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18 INNOVATIVE, INCLUSIVE HOUSING MODELS FOR ADULTS WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

Final outcomes and resources from the Housing Task Force

In response to Ontario's housing crisis, the provincial government launched the Developmental Services Housing Task Force issuing a province-wide call for “innovative new housing proposals designed specifically for adults with a developmental disability.” A year later, in 2016, a second round of funding was announced bringing the total number of funded proposals to 18.

Submission guidelines focused on affordable, sustainable, community-based models—a response to shrinking resources, an unprecedented number of aging parents and caregivers and, not least, prioritizing the social inclusion of people with a developmental disability. From the outset and moving forward, the practice of person-directed planning ensured that each participant's needs and choices were heard and respected as they transitioned into living as independently as possible within each of their communities. 

In 2018 the task force connected with project leaders to find out how participants, families and partners were faring in the home stretch, and to collect data for the final report (coming soon to this page).  Read the original proposals in the digital guide below, including mid-way updates, or scroll down to explore overviews of final outcomes for specific participants and organizations. 

 

Final outcomes, new resources, and how things look today

Overall, the housing task force has successfully enabled families to support their adult sons and daughters with a disability to live as independently as possible, with personalized supports in diverse communities across the province. Participants, their families and project partners report many significant benefits.

Additional outcomes include reduced waitlists, lowered costs for enhanced supports, innovative new technologies promoting safety and freedom, improvements in crisis prevention, freeing up of long-term care beds, job creation, critical research contributions, and more. Read more below about the journeys and future goals for the families and organizations involved in this groundbreaking project.