Frequently Asked Questions
What is CPSH?
CPSH stands for Community for Permanent Supported Housing
CPSH creates awareness about the need for housing in North Texas. CPSH leaders travel throughout North Texas to discuss housing with families, educations, businesses, houses of faith and government offices. We require funds to plan and hold these events.
To increase housing options for adults living with intellectual/developmental disabilities in North Texas, we need your talents and resources:
Who do you know who would be interested in participating in this mission?
Is your business looking for a local social issue in which you, your business and your community will benefit?
Do you have a talent such as marketing, public relations, grant writing, public speaking, fundraising, construction, housing development, interior design, and social services that you would like to share with CPSH?
Creative ideas welcome! Please contact CPSH and let's make progress.
What is the Case for Action?
Most concentrated population of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities is here in north Texas.
About 200,000 adults have an IDD and have at least one independent living difficulty.
Enough beds will be available for about 3% of this population when their primary caretaker is no longer able to care for them.
Caregivers (mostly parents) are aging. 20% are 60+ years old. 35% are 41-59 years old.
90% of people with Down Syndrome will be affected by Alzheimer's disease by the age of 49.
Renting is expensive for service providers.
Neighbors are not aware of the capabilities of people living with disabilities.
What is affordable housing?
Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing. A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. (HUD.gov)
What is community-based housing?
Examples of integrated settings include scattered-site apartments providing permanent supportive housing, tenant-based rental assistance that enables individuals with disabilities to lease housing in integrated developments, and apartments for individuals with various disabilities scattered throughout public and multifamily housing developments.
By contrast, segregated settings are occupied exclusively or primarily by individuals with disabilities. Segregated settings sometimes have qualities of an institutional nature, including, but not limited to, regimentation in daily activities, lack of privacy or autonomy, policies limiting visitors, limits on individuals’ ability to engage freely in community activities, and manage their own activities of daily living, or daytime activities primarily with other individuals with disabilities. (HUD.gov)
What is the Mission of CPSH?
The mission of CPSH is to create housing options with the North Texas community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and social challenges regardless of IQ, and educational services for these adults and their families to encourage independent living.
Where does CPSH focus its efforts?
Seven Texas Counties - Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant.
Who is the target population?
There are about 200,000 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the seven counties who have at least one challenge to independent living in our areas of focus.
Where does CPSH receive its funding?
Private sources: capital campaigns, foundation grants, donations from citizens, and business revenue.
Public sources: State and Federal programs for the disabled, and affordable housing program
Why does CPSH exist?
Show the need for more housing options.
Create awareness of the need in the Public, Private and Volunteer Sectors.
Work with Sectors to establish more residential options – safe, clean, affordable, permanent, enriched housing options.
Raise funds to provide educational opportunities about housing for individuals with disabilities and their families
What are the challenges to find housing for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?
Here are a few challenges
Housing isn't an entitlement. Receiving Medicaid waver or SSI or SSDI funding does not mean a person receives housing.
Federally funded housing (HUD 811 funding) is very competitive. Budgets continue to be reduced.
Local Housing Authorities may not have input into what options their citizens with disabilities prefer.
Organizations that provide housing options are not aggressively establishing affordable options.
As a parent, what can I do?
Plan for the time your child will not be in your home.
Donate to CPSH.
Make your needs known! Please complete the Housing Research Survey.
And of course volunteer! See the opportunities, here.
As a community leader, what can I do?
There are many ways to help these wonderful adults have options for housing before their caregivers pass away. We need help with marketing, land acquisition, and funding (government and private). You may have some creative ideas on how you can help us. Please contact Robin LeoGrande, email@example.com
Read more in our brochure
The following brochure provides key information regarding the work that CPSH is doing and how your donations and support are helping change the lives of real people.