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What housing options are available for adults with disabilities?

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Adults With Disabilities

Not all adults with disabilities can live independently. Some have medical conditions that necessitate regular support. Others have functional limitations that would prevent them from maintaining a living space entirely on their own. Financial challenges also prevent some people from maintaining an independent living arrangement.

Adults with disabilities in Ohio have both publicly funded and privately funded housing options. We outline some of them below.

Publicly funded housing options

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has three different housing programs that can benefit those with developmental disabilities and the families supporting these adults.

The Community Capital Assistance Program

Living with a group of other people can be an enriching experience for those with developmental disabilities. The Community Capital Assistance Program provides state funding for community housing single-family homes to provide housing for those with developmental disabilities. Funds can help acquire properties to provide community living arrangements for adults with developmental disabilities. In some cases, the state can help fund projects to make existing homes more accessible.

The Rental Assistance Program

Depending on someone’s needs, the Rental Assistance Program might offer one-time support or monthly, recurring payments for eligible adults with developmental disabilities. Funds can help cover rent, security deposits or other expenses. These subsidies allow someone to live in an independent rental space when they might not otherwise be able to afford housing given their limited resources and earning potential.

The Ohio 811 Program

Individuals who have very low income levels, who qualify for Medicaid and who have disabling medical conditions may qualify for housing in apartment complexes through the Ohio 811 Program. Applicants typically need to be at least 18 years of age but less than 61 at the time that they move into a property. The Ohio 811 Program helps people locate affordable housing options and can make independent living a reasonable goal for those with disabilities and limited capital.

Families seeking to offer the best standard of living to a loved one with a disabling medical condition may need to look into these three programs as potential solutions. At the end of the day, learning more about the programs in place to help adults with developmental disabilities in Ohio may benefit those trying to provide care for a loved one with special needs.

Privately funded housing options

There are also options for people with disabilities that may require private/family funding. For example:

Another affordable program that is specific to adults with physical disabilities is Maximum Accessible Housing Ohio.

One more option is North Coast Community Homes. North Coast manages several group homes and also helps people who want to purchase and modify a house to be suitable/accessible for adults with a variety of disabilities.