CPSH Comments - Draft Dallas Housing Plan

Feel free to send your comments to Councilmember Atkins.

From: CPSH (Creating Home for Adults w/ IDD)
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:29:22 PM
To: tennell.atkins@dallascityhall.commaria.salazar2@dallascityhall.com
Cc: Beverly Davis; Cindy.Crain@mdhadallas.org
Subject: Comments on draft Dallas Housing Plan

Councilmember  Atkins,

I had the pleasure of attending the Fair Housing Partnership Forum on April 12, 2018.

Your offer to collect comments on the draft Dallas Housing Plan prompts this email.

I am the founder and president of COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING, a charity that works with families, service providers, and all levels of government to create safe, affordable, community-based housing options for people with disabilities who are at risk for institutionalization.  There are over 28,000 citizens in the City of Dallas with a disability and at least one self-care difficulty.  (2016 American FactFinder)

My comments are focused on the population I serve and others in Dallas with housing needs. I would like to see the following added to the Housing Plan:

  • Deliberate approach to address the housing needs for no income, very low income and low income citizens (under $36,000/year income) and priority of funding to address these needs first.
  • Focus on housing needs for citizen at risk for homelessness as well as citizens currently homeless.
  • Create and fund a position that serves as a City of Dallas Housing Ombudsman for the citizens with yearly income under $36,000
  • Direct Dallas Housing Authority to collaborate with UT Arlington to complete an area Rent Study to statistically compare Small Area Fair Market Rent with Competitive Market Rent. Assess results to understand whether the results should be sent to HUD with a request to increase SAFMR.
  • Direct Dallas Housing Authority to provide public status of all efforts to increase housing for no income, very low income and low income citizens and other initiatives.  Collaborate to increase HUD funding for Dallas. (Proposals to decrease Federal HUD funding should not deter from planning to request and increase in funds.)
  • Collaborate with property owners to fix the issues that prevent them from wanting tenants who are low income.

I would be delighted to meet with you to discuss these further. I have been involved in each one of these topics in the DFW area as part of my advocacy work for people with disabilities.

Thank you for this opportunity to provide comments.

Best regards,  
Robin LeoGrande, President  

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
214-632-8115

 

 

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April, 2018 CPSH Near You
  • Throughout April CPSH will be at many events across the DFW area. We invite you to stop by our table and find out more about what we are doing this year to assist people with disabilities and their families access safe, affordable housing. The events are posted on the CPSH Calendar.
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Find Housing
  • Over the last three months CPSH has received increases in phone calls and emails from self-advocates and families of people with disabilities who need housing. CPSH continues to work with community leaders to address this issue and will share progress with you through this newsletter. The most up-to-date information on where to find housing is on the Find Housing webpage.

City of Dallas Launches Annual Budget Survey
  • If you live in the City of Dallas, you may want to participate in the Annual Budget Survey. It allows Dallas residents to let their respective councilperson know how they would want their 2018-2019 tax dollars spent and on what programs. For example you can request the City to allocate more resources toward housing programs for adults with IDD. More information about the Survey.
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Project Independence Workshops
  • Earlier this year CPSH held Project Independence Workshops for almost 40 families. These workshops are followed up with meet ups where self-advocates and families discuss how to create independence. To learn more about the workshops and sign up on the interest list for future workshops go to the Project Independence webpage.

Help Other Self-advocates and Families Find Services and Housing
  • Recently, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING has received several phone call and emails requesting referrals to assist adults with special needs to find safe, affordable housing with attendants and service providers that are attentive to the needs of the individual. Most of the calls are from siblings or distance relatives or people moving to the DFW area who are accepting responsibility to ensure their loved ones are well taken care of.

    CPSH looking for self-advocate and family recommendations for the following:
    • Favorite HCS Residential Home
    • Favorite Foster Parent who provide housing for people who aren't their family members
    • Favorite In-Home Caregiver
    • Favorite Medicaid Waiver/Private Pay Service Coordinator
    • Favorite Day Program
    • Favorite Behavior Specialist
    • Favorite Medical Doctor for people with disabilities

  • Please complete the form here and share your favorites as soon as possible. There are families in immediate need of this information.

    CPSH is adding this information to the Find Housing page on the CPSH Website.

    Thank you for assisting those who have similar needs as you and your family.

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    Guardianship … and how to avoid it

    Thank you to Angela Biggs for sending CPSH this information.  

    Please be sure to consult your attorney if you have any questions.

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    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    No State Has an Adequate Supply of Affordable Rental Housing for the Lowest Income Renters

    Read the 2017 report

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    2/24/17 - Project Independent Workshop - Seats Available
    Hurst-Euless-Bedford Location
    
    UHC In partnership with UnitedHealthcare, CPSH is pleased to announce the the February 24, 2018 Project Independence Workshop.
    

    The Project Independence Workshop takes families through the 5 steps of how to create independent living in the community with friends. The instructor and parents who have successfully used this approach will share information. Participants will plan how to transition their children to more independence. Families of any age children are welcome to attend.

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
    6 Stones
    209 N Industrial Blvd #241
    Bedford, TX 76021
    Community Room

    There is a $10/person registration fee. The fee will be returned at completion of workshop. Space is limited.

    Watch the video testimony from a parent participant, details about the workshop, and RSVP here.

    Update: Information and list of North Texas Regional Fair Housing Assessment Meetings here.

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    Small Area Fair Market Rent

    The fair market rent (FMR) is used as a guideline by public housing authorities (PHA) and other administrators when determining the maximum voucher payment (known as the payment standard) in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

    Beginning with FY2018 HUD will begin requiring designated areas to use Small Area Fair Market Rent..  With the SAFMRs, HUD is attempting to help create actual incentives for tenants to move out of lower opportunity areas. Unlike the 50th percentile FMRs, the SAFMRs will be based on the actual rent of each zip code.

    More information can be found here.

    In the DFW area the value of the vouchers, established by SAFMR is below competitive rental rates in many areas.  This gap is one reason why some property owners won't accept vouchers. CPSH is working with leaders in the community encourage support of rent studies of local zip codes to show HUD our area needs significant increases in SAFMR.  For more information about this project, go here.

     

     

    "The use of Small Area FMRs is expected to give [Housing Credit Voucher] tenants access to areas of high opportunity and lower poverty areas by providing a subsidy that is adequate to cover rents in those areas, thereby reducing the number of voucher families that reside in areas of high poverty concentration," said HUD in November 2017.

    North Texas Regional Fair Housing Assessment Meetings

    North Texas Cities and Housing Authorities have planned follow up public input meetings for the North Texas Regional Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The purpose of the AFH is to assess whether individuals and families have the information, opportunity and options to live where they choose without unlawful discrimination related to race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin or disability.

    The AFH also assesses whether housing options are realistically available to people of varying backgrounds in integrated areas with access to opportunity. Input from advocates and the public was gathered during the first round of meetings and focus groups. They have used that input, along with local data, to formulate goals and strategies to address the fair housing issues that were found. These goals and strategies will be presented at this meeting, and all members of the public, advocates and members of protected classes are encouraged to attend and give their feedback.

    COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING encourages you to attend one of these meetings to ensure your voice is heard.

    The meeting times and locations are posted here: http://northtexasrha.com/public-meetings/

    There is also a short online survey. Here is the link, http://northtexasrha.com/survey/.

    Background

    In 2017, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING joined the North Texas Regional Housing Assessment Team to conduct two Focus Groups to find out what types of housing individuals with disabilities want. Their parents also participated in these discussions. Here is a 3 minute video that explains the effort.



    Click on the image above to watch the video.


This year, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING will continue to address affordable housing for citizens with disabilities in community-based, safe, neighborhoods. Services to live independently and community amenities are also necessary so that these citizens are able to work and socialize in the communities they are familiar with.

CPSH welcomes your collaboration on moving this mission forward. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss working together or have questions about our work.





NTHRA Focus Group Video Housing for Disabilities


In 2017, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING joined the North Texas Regional Housing Assessment Team to conduct two Focus Groups to find out what types of housing individuals with disabilities want. Their parents also participated in these discussions. Here is a 3 minute video that explains the effort.



Click on the image above to watch the video.


In the new year, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING will continue to address affordable housing for citizens with disabilities in community-based, safe, neighborhoods. Services to live independently and community amenities are also necessary so that these citizens are able to work and socialize in the communities they are familiar with.

Some of our project are listed here:
  • Using legal process to encourage the Dallas Housing Authority to issue project-based vouchers for people with disabilities in Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties.
  • Using legal process to encourage The Department of Housing and Urban Development to correct the nationwide misunderstanding of individual use of vouchers in voucher homes owned by family members.
  • Working with System Adequacy Subcommittee of the State IDD System Redesign Committee to address specific gaps in services for people who want to live more independently.
  • Working with Susan Murphree, Sr. Policy Specialist at Disability Rights Texas (Austin) to encourage DADS to make access to Protective Supervision easier.
  • Providing more Home Safety and Project Independence Training session to families.
CPSH welcomes your collaboration on moving this mission forward. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss working together or have questions about our work.

Happy Holidays and may your 2018 be your best year ever!

Best regards,
Robin LeoGrande, President
COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING


CPSH update on discussions with DHA and HUD FW

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING has extended a proposal to Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) and the Fort Worth office of Housing and Urban Development to resolve issues including permitting residents with disabilities to use reasonable accommodation to live in properties owned by close family members holding a project-based vouchers.





Family Participates in Lyft Pilot (Dallas)

Jane Drake, CPSH Director, and her family have participated on the Lyft Pilot program.  Jane says, "About two months ago our lives changed forever - in a unique and positive way. Our son, age 27, depended on us for his transportation. Fortunately my husband and I both work from home. Still, we couldn't jump up and leave our desks every time our son wanted to go to the book store or library. And this arrangement did not foster independence. In addition, living in Richardson made taking public transportation difficult. Our son would need to walk a mile to a bus stop, then take the bus and head to either another bus or a rail line. Although DART Paratransit would provide a private min-van to take him where he needed to go, he was uncomfortable hopping on a van clearly marked for those in wheelchairs.

"Through a friend of mine who serves on the board of Community for Permanent Supported Housing (CPSH), we found out about the Lyft pilot program offered through DART Paratransit. We took Taylor down to the DART headquarters and they did an assessment, clearing him for entry into the DART-Lyft pilot program. It works like the regular Lyft program with the following exceptions:

  • It is free. No tipping. 
  • You call a dedicated number at least 2 hrs. prior to needing the ride.

"Our son likes it and uses it with excellent results. He reports that the drivers are polite and on-time. This is a huge blessing for our family. Thanks to DART Paratransit."

More information on the Lyft Pilot, here.





Special Needs Trust Homes

CPSH has received calls about managing homes in special needs trusts.  There is a new resource page on this site for you to read about the topic.  If you've made decisions about housing for a SNT would you please share your experience?  The page is here.





Report: Housing A ‘Crisis’ For People With Disabilities

by Shaun Heasley | December 15, 2017

Housing prices across the country are far outpacing the monthly benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income, according to a new report, forcing many people with disabilities into homelessness or costly institutional care.

The national average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in 2016 exceeded the entire typical SSI check of $763 per month, while a studio or efficiency unit accounted for 99 percent of that payment.

What’s more, in the 13 states and Washington, D.C. where housing prices are highest, individuals with disabilities could not even cover the average cost of the smallest apartments with their SSI benefits.

The findings come from a report out this week from the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ Housing Task Force. It’s based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data on rental costs for 2016 and information from the Social Security Administration on SSI benefits.

“Housing is a challenge for most of us; it’s a crisis for individuals on SSI,” said Kevin Martone, executive director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative. “Nowhere in the United States can people with disabilities receiving SSI afford a safe, decent place to live.”

About 4.8 million adults with disabilities received SSI in 2016. With these benefits falling short of housing prices, an estimated 87,000 people with significant disabilities were homeless and between 200,000 and 300,000 people with disabilities were living in institutions, nursing facilities and other segregated environments, the report found.

Meanwhile, over 870,000 people with developmental disabilities were estimated to be residing with caregivers age 60 or older.

“Taxpayer resources are spent exponentially on the costs associated with institutionalization and homelessness even though proven, cost-effective solutions exist,” Martone said. “We need our policymakers to finally confront this issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to address this form of discrimination against those who are the most vulnerable.”





Affordable Housing/Parent Voice


What is affordable housing?

In a 1991 update to the Housing and Urban Development Act, HUD established that 30% percent of family incomeis affordable rent. The monthly payment amount for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Texas for an individual is 2018 will be $750. Thirty percent for rent will be $225 per month. Since HUD has established this definition of affordable, CPSH and our volunteers are advocating to ensure local and federal governments offer affordable housing to people on SSI (low, very low and no income).

Affordability also means that very little or no funding should be required of families for individuals to access community-based, safe, affordable housing with the services they need. CPSH continues to make affordably where individuals want to live a priority. Where possible CPSH encourages families to invest in the housing their children with disabilities live in as adults.

Parent Voice

Parent Voices In 2017, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING joined the North Texas Housing Assessment Team to conduct Focus Groups to find out what types of housing individuals with disabilies want. Their parents also participated in these discussions. Here is Vandi Alba discussing why the CPSH Neighborhood Homes effort is important to her and her daughter.







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What is affordable housing?

In a 1991 update to the Housing and Urban Development Act, HUD established that 30% percent of family incomeis affordable rent. The monthly payment amount for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Texas for an individual is 2018 will be $750. Thirty percent for rent will be $225 per month. Since HUD has established this definition of affordable, CPSH and our volunteers are advocating to ensure local and federal governments offer affordable housing to people on SSI (low, very low and no income).

Affordability also means that very little or no funding should be required of families for individuals to access community-based, safe, affordable housing with the services they need. CPSH continues to make affordably where individuals want to live a priority. Where possible CPSH encourages families to invest in the housing their children with disabilities live in as adults.

Parent Voice

Parent Voices In 2017, COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING joined the North Texas Housing Assessment Team to conduct Focus Groups to find out what types of housing individuals with disabilies want. Their parents also participated in these discussions. Here is Vandi Alba discussing why the CPSH Neighborhood Homes effort is important to her and her daughter.




Project Independent Workshop 1/27/18

UHC In partnership with UnitedHealthcare, CPSH is pleased to announce the the January 27, 2018 Project Independence Workshop.


The Project Independence Workshop takes families through the 5 steps of how to create independent living in the community with friends. The instructor and parents who have successfully used this approach will share information. Participants will plan how to transition their children to more independence. Families of any age children are welcome to attend.

This is is a 5 hour workshop. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
  • Step 1, Overview: What is supported housing? What is project independence?
  • Step 2, Finding a place to live: How to approach property owners?
  • Step 3, Services and paperwork: How to identify utilities, care, transportation, etc?
  • Step 4, Financial: What is your affordable budget?
  • Step 5, Moving in: How to be a good tenant?
You will leave with a workbook of information to plan your approach. There will be follow up opportunities for discussion.

This is an opportunity to bring families of your child's classmates and friends into a discussion the group living in close proximity with supports. Invite them to RSVP.

It's also a good way to meet other families interested in independent living with supports.

Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Richardson Civic Center (West entrance)
411 W Arapaho Rd (SW Corner Arapaho and I75)
Richardson, TX 75080


There is a $10/person registration fee. The fee will be returned at completion of workshop.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by January 12, 2018, here.


What is Protective Supervision?

Protective Supervision is a service approved under the Home and Community Services Waiver (HCS) as part of Supported Home Living (SHL).

Community First Choice(CFC) does NOT in the service called Protective Supervision. However, Community First Choice (CFC) does allow for limited supervision for reminding and monitoring related to activities of daily living, such as bathing or eating, that are not solely for the purpose of protective supervision. The CFC supervision option is not widely understood or used in Texas.

A quick search on the Star Plus websites shows that Protective Supervision is a service that is offered in the Star Plus Waiver.

Protective Supervision is a supportive service for people who, due to a physical or mental disability need to be observed at times during the day or night to protect them from injuries, hazards or accidents. Historically, an HCS provider was paid to observe and monitor a child or adult with an intellectual or developmental disability when the person needs intermittently or ongoing monitoring or assistance, in order to remain safely in the community and their own home or family home when. It was provided in the HCS waiver until CFC services became available in 2014. Since then, it is very difficult to justify and impossible to bill.

The need for Protective Supervision must be identified through person centered planning and be included in a person’s individual service plan. Supported Home Living and CFC may both be included in a person’s service plan, but billing guidelines inadvertently omitted allowable billing for protective services within Supported Home Living. Families and advocates have waited for more than a year for resolution of this billing issue.

Currently the state of Texas (HHSC/DADS) DOES NOT have
  • a way to bill for Protective Supervision in HCS under Supported Home Living
  • an updated assessment tool that identifies the need for CFC supervision related to activities of daily living or Protective Supervision as billable HCS service.
  • an updated CFC instruction guide that includes reminding and monitoring across all areas of functioning, depending on each individual’s needs or Protective Supervision as billable HCS service.
Susan Murphree, Senior Policy Specialist at Disability Rights Texas, in Austin, is inquiring about the status of these and other actions related to Protective Supervision. CPSH will be assisting Susan to encourage more transparency about Protective Supervision. It is imperative that HHSC/DADs clarify this service so that more consumers may apply for and use it.

You may be able to apply for increase supervision through CFC at this time, only when it is related to an activity of daily living, while awaiting resolution of the HCS Protective Supervision issue. Work with your service coordinator and service planning team, including the provider, to determine whether CFC supervision is needed. To receive appropriate CFC supervision here are some tips.
  • Include language regarding "reminding" and "monitoring" in both the Person Centered Plan and the CFC assessment as appropriate to the individual’s actual need<./li>
  • Include in the plan and assessment over night needs and why. For example: fall risk when getting up to go to the bathroom, risk to flooding if the sink faucet isn't shut, risk of burning skin with water too hot....
  • If need is intermittent (not respite) need to state how often and why.
  • Track the specific "reminding" and "monitoring" of a family member or aide for 3 months, to show the frequency. This will help justify the need for CFC supervision.
Reference: 2015 California Info on Protective Supervision

If your child is receiving HCS Medicaid Waiver Services, contact your Service Coordinator to discuss CFC supervision or Protective Supervision. A person’s person centered plan and individual service plan can be updated as needed, not just annually.

If your child is not receiving HCS Medicaid Waiver Services, contact your Star+Plus Managed Care Organization.


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About CPSH
CPSH is a charity and works with families and community partners to create more housing options in the Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties for almost 100,000 adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges regardless of IQ who need safe, affordable housing with support. CPSH has created an independent living guide for parents everywhere in Texas.


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CPSH Update

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, CPSH had the opportunity to update the Texas IDD System Redesign Committee on the status of housing for people with IDD and coordinating support services in North Texas. The testimony included the current status of the demands CPSH has made to the Dallas Housing Authority and Housing and Urban Development regarding discrimination against people with IDD who want to live in homes that have project-based vouchers and are owned by family members. CPSH is represented by Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC in Washington, D.C. Among the firm's specialties are housing and civil rights.

CPSH has also asked the Committee for assistance in improving support services for people living independently. The video testimony including Q&A from the Committee is here.

Here are the key points offered in the testimony.

CPSH Demands of DHA

  1. Make awards from the current pool of applicants
  2. Establish a clear reasonable accommodation procedure
  3. Accept requests for reasonable accommodations from potential residents of any project-based housing funded through DHA
  4. Adopt a policy that clarifies that participation in an LLC or Special Needs Trust is not considered to be family ownership
  5. Continue offering RFPs on a rolling basis
  6. Pay appropriate damages and attorneys’ fees

CPSH Demands of HUD

  1. Withdraw its objections to the DHA’s RFP in writing
  2. Withdraw its instructions to DHA to request a regulatory waiver to proceed with the RFP
  3. Adopt clear instructions at the national level to correct its apparent misunderstanding of the requirements of the PB voucher rule and permit applications from persons who may appear to be a potential owner with a relationship to a person with a disability for project based voucher funds
  4. Provide training to all employees of the Office of Public and Indian Housing nationally to correct HUD’s improper actions here
  5. Pay appropriate damages and attorneys’ fees
We are hopeful that HUD will decide to make this right on a voluntary basis.

CPSH asks the IDD System Redesign Committee for the following:

  • Set expectation that Medicaid Waiver in home services go with a person living in a community-based home; not just ICF or "Group Home."
  • Increase training on Consumer Directed Services; include success stories of affording rent and services.
  • Ensure sufficient transportation funding is part of DADs budget. LIDDA participation in regional transportation planning.
  • Create state-wide resume bank for consumer access caregivers (including internships).
  • Bring mixed-income, mixed use developments or renovations with 15% Project-Based Vouchers to DFW.
  • Ensure parents sign students up on Medicaid Interest list at first ARD.
  • Ongoing independent living skill and behavior assessment each year as part of IEP. Home training/services if necessary.
  • Ensure independent living is part of student transition planning by age 14.
  • Identify homeless with IDD.
  • Train local first responders to communicate appropriately with people with IDD. Assess before arrest.
It was decided at the Committee meeting that CPSH will work with the System Adequacy Subcommittee to address these topics.

QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How have you used Community First Choice (CFC)?


Would you please send us your feedback, here?

Answers to past month's question about Camps are here.


Have you responded to the New CPSH Survey?
Your response helps CPSH plan for the next 5 years. The survey is here.

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Read feedback and order the guide, here. Please share your feedback.

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Your Donation Matters!
Help CPSH with 2017 Projects.

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About CPSH
CPSH is a charity and works with families and community partners to create more housing options in the Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties for almost 100,000 adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges regardless of IQ who need safe, affordable housing with support. CPSH has created an independent living guide for parents everywhere in Texas.


8 Ways to Support CPSH, here.
Watch the CPSH Animated Mission Video, here.
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September 2017

Seeking Male Adults to Share Plano Home

A neighborhood home in Plano, Tx has been established for male adults with autism or male adults (with disabilities) who feel comfortable living with people with autism. The current resident has behaviors where he makes noise.
  • Care plan for each person
  • Activities to be busy every day
  • Home case manager works with service providers/care givers of tenants (if funded)
  • Transition speed from current home to this home based on individual.
  • Individual bedrooms
  • Camera in main area for parents to check in occasionally
  • On a bus line
  • Rent: $750/month includes Home case management, rent and utilities
  • Contact: Judy, home case manager 760-419-5224

QUESTION OF THE MONTH
How was camp for your child with IDD or autism?


Would you please send us your feedback, here?

Answers to past month's question about Tiny Homes are here.


Have you responded to the New CPSH Survey?
Your response helps CPSH plan for the next 5 years. The survey is here.

Creating Home News and Calendar here


48 pages, Full color, Bound, English, Spanish.
Find out about the guide, here.

Read feedback and order the guide, here. Please share your feedback.

Just $6 per copy!

School Districts, Businesses and Organizations, contact
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Please donate to CPSH on Thursday, 9.14.17 - North Texas Giving Day
CPSH programs are designed to make a difference in your life. As we feel the impact of decreases to social services funding and the rapid population growth in our area, we must stay the course — advocating that the ones we love and care about have permanent homes to call their own when the time is right.

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National Mortgage Insurance is matching up to $3,000 to new donors who donate $25 or more to CPSH.
Anonymous Donors are matching up to $2,000 to returning donors who donate $100 or more to CPSH.

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About CPSH
CPSH is a charity and works with families and community partners to create more housing options in the Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties for almost 100,000 adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges regardless of IQ who need safe, affordable housing with support. CPSH has created an independent living guide for parents everywhere in Texas.


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