NoVA Housing Calendar

Check this site for Upcoming Events!

  • June 7, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Housing Resources for Individuals in Virginia’s Settlement Agreement Population. Fairfax County Parent Resource Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027. RSVP to (703) 204-3941. This information session will cover the Settlement Agreement’s provisions related to housing; examples of integrated, independent housing options; housing resources available to the Settlement Agreement population; and how to assess housing “readiness” and prepare for housing.
  • June 19, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Tour of Integrated, Independent Housing Options: Apartment with Live-In Support Person in Arlington VA. These tours offer the opportunity to see how individuals and families have put together enduring, affordable, integrated housing arrangements. The hosts will talk about the arrangement they created, housing and services resources they used, the steps in the process, and who helped along the way. This tour stop features an individual living in his own apartment. The property has below market rents, and the rent is made affordable by a Housing Choice Voucher for people in the Settlement Agreement population. The voucher program approved a reasonable accommodation for a live-in aide. To RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/arctour6-19. You will receive a confirmation with directions to the site.
  • June 20, 2017 from 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm. Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, Information Sessions for Support Coordinators. 2100 Washington Boulevard Lower Level Auditorium, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Free visitor parking in garage, lower level.  Click here to register via eventbrite.
  • June 21, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Tour of Integrated, Independent Housing Options: Three Clustered Apartments with Roommates in Arlington VA. These tours offer the opportunity to see how individuals and families have put together enduring, affordable, integrated housing arrangements. The hosts will talk about the arrangement they created, housing and services resources they used, the steps in the process, and who helped along the way. This tour stop features three apartments where individuals live with their roommates in their own apartments. The property has below market rents, and the rents are made affordable using Arlington Housing Grants. The individuals receive in-home supports funded by Medicaid DD Waivers. To RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/arctour6-21. You will receive a confirmation with directions to the site.
  • July 25, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Wrap Up Panel Presentation from Parent, Individuals and Providers Who Have Been There. The Arc of Northern Virginia, 2755 Hartland Rd, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043. This panel presentation comes after the June housing tours and features individuals, families and housing and service providers who will discuss several different approaches to arranging housing and services for individuals with developmental disabilities, depending upon the resources available. One approach features an individual who found several roommates to jointly rent a market rate unit. Another approach features an individual who rented his own apartment using a Housing Choice Voucher for the Settlement Agreement population and was approved for a reasonable accommodation for a live-in aide. A third approach features an individual who rented an apartment with State Rental Assistance and received supports funded through the Medicaid Elderly Disabled and Consumer Directed Waiver. A fourth approach features individuals living with roommates in apartments with rents made affordable through Arlington Housing Grants and in-home support services made available through Medicaid DD Waivers. Find out how each put their arrangement together and made it work. To RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/archousingpanel for the in-person panel or https://tinyurl.com/archousingwebinar for the webinar.
  • June 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Housing Resources for Individuals in Virginia’s Settlement Agreement Population. Disability Resource Center, 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA. RSVP to https://housingresources.eventbrite.com. This information session will cover the Settlement Agreement’s provisions related to housing; examples of integrated, independent housing options; housing resources available to the Settlement Agreement population; and how to assess housing “readiness” and prepare for housing.
  • June 30, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, Webinar for Support Coordinators. Click here to register.
  • July 17 from 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm. Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, Information Sessions for Support Coordinators. Chantilly Mental Health Center, 14150 Parkeast Circle, Suite 240, Chantilly, VA 20151. Click here to register via eventbrite.
  • July 18 from 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm. Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, Information Sessions for Support Coordinators. Haymarket/Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 20169.  Click here to register via eventbrite.
  • July 28, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, Webinar for Support Coordinators. Click here to register.

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Success Stories and Videos

Success Stories:  Stories are a powerful way to learn about the impact of integrated, independent housing on the lives of people with developmental disabilities. In addition, stories can convey obstacles individuals face as they access housing programs and rental housing in Northern Virginia and creative strategies they employ to overcome these challenges. Finally, stories help us realize we are not alone: other individuals and families have had similar worries, questions, and frustrations about integrated, independent housing. The difference is, these individuals with disabilities have gone on to live in their own homes with support. We can learn from the experiences these individuals and their families share with us and make better decisions about our own paths forward. Check back to see more success stories!

corey screenshot 2 thumbSuccess Story #1: Corey.  Corey, a young adult on the Autism spectrum, made the transition to his own apartment using a housing voucher!  His mom, Robin, shares the story of his journey.

 

 

Rogan thumb redSuccess Story #2: Rogan.  Rogan, a young adult with intellectual disabilities, made the transition to a parent-sponsored residential home with a family caregiver. His dad, Mike, reflects on the success of Rogan's transition.  Note that we also feature a video on Rogan

 


Success Videos:   The NoVA HSS RIT received a grant from Virginia Housing Development Authority to produce a series of educational videos to introduce individuals to different housing options that separate housing from services.  The Arc of Northern Virginia managed this grant and coordinated the production of these videos. 

Video #1: Brian. SS1 BrianBrian lives in a 2 bedroom apartment he leases with assistance from a housing choice voucher. He receives a reasonable accommodation for a two bedroom apartment in the housing choice voucher program so he can have a live-in caregiver to provide support. A live-in caregiver stays rent free. In addition, he receives personal assistance services from an agency funded by the DD Waiver.

Video #2: Gail & Esther. SS2 GailandEstherGail and Esther both live in Buchanan Gardens Apartments, each in their own 1 bedroom unit. They lease their units with assistance from housing choice vouchers and receive in-home supports from Community Residences, a local Medicaid Waiver provider. Their landlord, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), has set aside a cluster of supportive housing units that are scattered throughout the property, and has an agreement with Community Residences to provide supportive services to individuals in these units. Community Residences refers individuals for the supportive housing units and APAH has more flexible tenant selection criteria for supportive housing applicants.

Video #3: David & Rory. SS3 DavidandRoryDavid and Rory live with third roommate in a high-rise condominium unit that Community Havens owns. They moved there from institutional settings and now lease their unit with assistance from housing choice vouchers. Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority approved the use of their vouchers in “shared housing,” which is a special housing type in which a single unit is occupied by an assisted family and another resident or residents. The shared unit consists of both common space for use by the occupants of the unit and separate private space for each assisted family. Community Residences provides supportive services to each gentleman funded by the Medicaid Waiver.

Video #4: Rogan.  SS4 RoganRogan lives in a single family home that his parents purchased with a low interest mortgage loan from Virginia Housing Development Authority. Rogan lives with his caregiver, Rachel, and her two children. Both Rogan and Rachel have leases and pay rent to Rogan’s parents. Rachel provides sponsored residential services to Rogan that are funded by the Medicaid Waiver. The rent is affordable for Rogan and Rachel’s family, yet covers the mortgage and taxes for Rogan’s parents.

Video #5: Theresa.  SS5 TheresaTheresa lives in an accessible one bedroom, garden style apartment. She rents her unit with assistance from a housing choice voucher and received a reasonable accommodation for an exception to the maximum subsidy allowed by the voucher for a one bedroom unit in Fairfax County. Theresa receives consumer-directed personal assistance services funded by the Medicaid Waiver. She uses different kinds of assistive technology to increase her independence.

Vidoe #6: Robert. SS6 Robert Robert lives in a one bedroom, garden style apartment. He rents his unit with assistance from a housing choice voucher. He received a reasonable accommodation for an exception to the denial criteria for admission to the voucher program. Robert is on the Medicaid Waiver waitlist, so he receives privately funded support through The Arc’s Special Needs Trust program to help with his budget, finances and the housing search, and assistance from his family to help with the move.

Support coordinators and contract agencies can use the videos as a tool to educate individuals and families (and authorized representatives or guardians as appropriate) about integrated, independent housing options available in Virginia.  The videos expose individuals and families to different approaches for organizing housing and support services.  Some approaches utilize both rent assistance and Medicaid Waiver funded services, while others rely on family-driven housing options or alternative sources of support.

Support coordinators and the person-centered planning team can use videos as “conversation starters” to discuss a variety of issues, such as:

  • What did the individuals in the videos like about living in their own place?
  • What did the individuals in the videos say was hard about moving to their own place?
  • Some individuals have a roommate or a person who stays overnight to provide support. What do you think about having a roommate or an overnight support person?
  • Some individuals live in small buildings and some individuals live in big, tall buildings? What kind of building do you prefer?
  • What kinds of financial assistance, support services, technology and community resources are helping the individuals in the videos live in their own place? What support, technology and community resources might you need?

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About the Housing Resource Guide

Welcome to the Northern Virginia HSS Housing Resource Guide (“the Guide”).  The Guide contains information about public and private organizations that provide housing and housing-related assistance for residents in Northern Virginia, including the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. While the guide was produced for the benefit of residents with developmental disabilities, their families and support coordinators, many resources within the guide are available to the broader community based upon income or need.

The contents of the Guide are reviewed and updated by volunteers on a bi-annual basis. However, if you find inaccurate information listed for a program or organization, please contact us so that we can rectify the error as expeditiously as possible.

This version of the Guide is a prototype. It contains about 100 pages of information already and will continue to grow and be updated.  There are basically three types of information included:

Please explore the search capabilities to find the information you are seeking.

 

 

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Flexible Funding Program

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) launched the Housing and Supportive Services (HSS) initiative to increase access to and availability of integrated and independent housing options for eligible individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).
To support this initiative, DBHDS awarded one-time funding to Health Planning Region II, including the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, to support eligible individuals in their efforts to transition to or remain in integrated, independent housing. Funds must be used to secure housing, such as temporary rental assistance, non-reimbursable environmental modifications, or non-reimbursable assistive technology improvements or to maintain current housing, such as emergency rent, utilities, or repairs.

Eligibility:

  • Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and individuals with developmental disabilities (DD), such as autism, cerebral palsy, spina-bifida and other disabling conditions.
  • Individuals eighteen (18) and over and transitioning out of training centers, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, congregate residential settings or family homes who have been approved to live in a qualified residence, who receive Medicaid ID or DD waiver services, or who are currently on the Medicaid ID or DD waiver waitlist.

How to Apply

Contact or submit a request and required documentation to your local Community Services Board (CSB) representative, as shown below:

CSB Name Telephone / Fax
Alexandria

Phil Caldwell
4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 103
Alexandria, VA  22302

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(t) 703-746-3380
(f) 703-746-3318
Arlington

La Voyce Reid
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA  22201

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(t) 703-228-1731
(f) 702-228-1174
 Fairfax

Connie Price
8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr.
Fairfax, VA  22031

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(T) 703-383-8421
(F) 703-653-6684
 Loudoun

Beth Mack
906 Trailview Blvd. SE, Suite A
Leesburg, VA  20175

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(T) 703-777-0377
(F) 703-771-5367
 Prince William

Jackie Jackson Turner
7969 Ashton Avenue
Manassas, VA  20109

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(T) 703-792-7769
(F) 703-792-7311

Download our flyer here: Flexible Funding Program

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