Types of Housing Models

ASD Housing And Wraparound Services

Semi-independent Living

This model would suit independent, high functioning individuals who want their own apartments but still require some degree of light support. Communal space for social interaction, meals, recreation and programing would be important. A concierge suite could be provided rent-free to an individual or family providing support to the residents. This suite could be included in the initial capital cost.

Location: accessible to shopping, public transportation, employment opportunities, recreational facilities,

Design:  Low sensory impact, using appropriate materials to buffer the impact of light and sound; secure egress; self-contained setting with food and laundry facilities, 

Services:  Assistance with financial planning, medical and nutritional needs, social activities, vocational involvement

Community Living

Similar to seniors’ style housing, this model would provide individual or shared units and communal support on site. This suits those who are relatively independent but benefit from nearby support. It could be integrated with a seniors or similar supported living developments.

Location: accessible to shopping, public transportation, employment opportunities, recreational facilities,

Design:  Low sensory impact, using appropriate materials to buffer the impact of light and sound; secure egress; self-contained setting with food and laundry facilities, option of communal dining.

Services:  Assistance with financial planning, medical and nutritional needs, social activities, vocational involvement, community involvement.

Supportive Roommates

A roommate can provide overnight and daily support and can be integrated into any housing environment from apartments to houses. This is for those who want a relatively normalized living arrangement but want overnight support with a degree of independence.

Location: accessible to shopping, public transportation, employment opportunities, recreational facilities,

Design:  Low sensory impact, using appropriate materials to buffer the impact of light and sound; secure egress; self-contained setting with food and laundry facilities, 

Services:  Assistance with financial planning, medical and nutritional needs, social activities, vocational involvement

Home Sharing

Many families open their homes to those with disabilities, often providing 24/7 support in the inclusive environment of a family. It covers almost any level of support.

Location: accessible to shopping, public transportation, employment opportunities, recreational facilities,

Design:  Typical family housing with preference for low sensory impact (appropriate materials to buffer the impact of light and sound); secure egress; shared food and laundry facilities, family space, personal space

Services:  Assistance with financial planning, medical and nutritional needs, social activities, vocational involvement, personal care where required

Community Care

For those with more intense support requirements, the traditional group home (3-4 people) provides 24/7 support in a community setting with funding support from PDD.

Location: accessible to vocational opportunities, recreational facilities, community integration

Design:  Group home needs to be compliant with STANDATA regulations with preference for low sensory impact (appropriate materials to buffer the impact of light and sound); secure egress; shared food and laundry facilities, personal space

Services:  Assistance with financial planning, medical and nutritional needs, social activities, vocational involvement, personal care where required, 24/7 support.