Preparing Individuals for Independent Housing

Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families often ask “isn’t there a simple guide that explains how to plan for housing?” The Northern Virginia Regional Implementation Team offered individuals and families a workgroup/webinar series in 2016 on planning for integrated, independent housing in Northern Virginia. The eight session series was coordinated by The Arc of Northern Virginia and funded by a Virginia Housing Development Authority grant. The topics included:

o Webinar 1:  Introduction to Integrated, Independent Housing & Housing Resources in Northern VA

o Webinar 2:  Circles of Support

o Webinar 3:  Assessing Support Needs and Arranging Supports in Housing

o Webinar 4:  Making a Household Budget, Identifying Housing Needs, Determining Housing Options

o Webinar 4a:  Live-in Aides (bonus webinar)

o Webinar 5:  Finding and Keeping Roommates

o Webinar 6:  Planning the Move: Housing Searches, Applications, Leases, Inspections

o Webinar 7:  Panel Presentation on Different Approaches to Integrated, Independent Housing

o Webinar 8:  Wrap Up, Evaluation, Recognition of Participants