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INNOVATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR ADULTS WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY

Final Outcomes and Resources from the Housing Task Force

Ontario's provincial government in 2015 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 second round of funding was announced the following year, 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 the legal duty to uphold the social inclusion of people with a developmental disability. From the outset and moving forward, the practice of person-directed planning ensured that each person's needs and choices were heard and respected as they transitioned into living as independently as possible. 

Families and their relatives with a developmental disability worked closely with local agencies and non-profits, support workers and independent facilitators; entrepreneurs and businesses; colleges, hospitals and shelters; community and faith-based groups, builders and landlords; newcomers, neighbours and countless other allies and volunteers. As they envisioned and then transformed each proposal into reality, hundreds of truly innovative collaborations flourished.



Final Outcomes 

Parents confirm that supporting their son or daughter with a disability to move into their own personalized, supportive, community-based housing model has proven powerfully transformative for their loved one, and for their family members overall.

Other positive 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 resources, job creation, critical research contributions, and more.