Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Statewide and Regional Housing Collaboratives

DDPC announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $750,000 for 3 years (up to $250,000 per year) to assist in the development of non-certified housing options available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through establishing regional housing collaboratives, statewide communities of practice, and educational programs for stakeholders.

In 2016, the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) published a report concerning the State’s residential request list. Among the report’s findings was that 33% of respondents preferred non-certified housing instead of the more-traditional certified group home option, and 90% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about non-certified options.

Making community- based non-certified housing opportunities available requires individuals with I/DD, family members and other relevant stakeholders acquire new skill sets in a variety of disciplines that go beyond the traditional OPWDD service system. It also requires the establishment of new regional collaboratives as well as expanded educational programs on regional housing options and how to access these options.

The DDPC is seeking to support the development of innovative, non-certified housing options for individuals with I/DD, including people with I/DD who currently live in OPWDD certified group homes but desire to live in their own residence, as well as to encourage systems level change through education and collaboration.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission
• RFP Posting Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
• Letter of Intent Due Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
• Proposal Due Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
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James Huben
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