Community Living

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and
is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
~ Robert Byrne

Life is simple, it's just not easy.
~ Author Unknown

Planning for an adult life after high school includes making decisions about where one will live and with whom. For those who need supports to live in the community, in addition to those supports provided by family and friends, it includes becoming familiar with Indiana's in-home and community living service system. For those who will need access to affordable housing it includes becoming familiar with the local housing resources.

Traditionally, state and local organizations that address the needs of people with disabilities for housing and supports (e.g., personal assistant services) have packaged these together. In other words, for people to receive needed supports they have had to move into facilities, such as group homes, nursing homes and state institutions.

Currently approximately 75 percent of our state's community living and residential resources are directed toward congregate living for citizens with disabilities. Nationally the trend is for people to have opportunities to live in the community, to have the opportunity to live in a place of their own, or within their family home, with the supports needed.

The information that follows focuses on the community living services offering supports for people with disabilities to live in typical homes. References will also be made to community living services that assist adults and children to live within another family's home or within a group home. Information about large residential facilities, nursing homes, and state institutions is not included.

Laying the Groundwork
Planning for Assistance Worksheet
Common Barriers
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Locating Affordable Housing