June 2018 Creating Home News (Archive)

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Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
June 2018
You are invited to an Open House
For Adult Men with Special Needs
SATURDAY JUNE 23rd
2pm-4pm
2312 BUSH CIRCLE, CARROLLTON 75007
offered by

Rosemary: 972-242-3416, Email Rosemary
Description: Opening our second neighborhood home. Beautiful Carrollton home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, air hockey table, swimming pool and miniature putting green. Can accommodate three male adults with special needs. Has live-in full time care provider. HCS or private pay accepted. Call for further information or tour.

Come join us at our OPEN HOUSE, and have the chance to view the home and ask all those questions!

CPSH will be at the OPEN HOUSE to answer you questions about our projects.
OPEN HOUSE

Rosemary's House

Rosemary's House

Rosemary's House


New to CPSH?
  • Welcome! CPSH is delighted you have join thousands of people who are interested in creating more safe, affordable, service enriched housing in neighborhoods across the DFW area. Please share your story .


Find Housing
  • CPSH continues to work with community leaders to address the lack of safe, affordable, service-enriched, community-based housing in North Texas 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.

Mainstream Vouchers for People with Disabilities
  • Several DFW Housing Authorities are on applications for Mainstream Vouchers. These Vouchers are designed to help tenants with disabilities live independently in the community. The Mainstream Vouchers are for non-elderly people with disabilities who are transitioning from institutional or other segregated settings to community living; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless. This is affordable housing and would include services. Information about the progress of these applications will be posted in future CPSH emails.

    CPSH is compiling an interest list. CPSH is looking for the following:
    • People with disabilities interested in applying for these Mainstream Vouchers
    • Property owners of single family or multi family properties interested in tenants with Mainstream Vouchers.

    Self-advocates, and parents/guardians of a persons with a disability, and property owners please complete the Yellow Sheet.

    Service providers (medicaid or private) and interested in assisting tenants please complete the SP Form.
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Learning opportunities - sign up on the interest lists
Help Other Self-advocates and Families Find Services and Housing
  • Please complete the form here and share your favorites. There are families in immediate need of this information.

    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

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

Creating Home News and Calendar <=== Check out more news!
  • Creating Home News and Calendar e-newsletter has stories, calendar of events, and other features about creative housing options for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges, as well as independent living in North Texas. Back issues of these emails are also included.
CPSH Housing Survey
Appreciate the Work CPSH Does?
Please Donate!
Help CPSH with 2018 Projects.

CPSH can only succeed with your help.
Learn more about donating at Give2CPSH.
Thank you!

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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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© by 2018 Community for Permanent Supported Housing. All rights Reserved.
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Inside Sinéad Burke's Inclusive Fashion Movement

The BoF Podcast: Inside Sinéad Burke's Inclusive Fashion Movement

Image: Tim Walker for BoF By BoF Team May 4, 2018 22:04 "Fashion has been an industry that I've long felt excluded from, despite being incredibly passionate about its transformational opportunity and ability to really change people and conversations and culture," Sinéad Burke, the three-and-a-half-foot activist, tells Imran Amed.





May 2018 Creating Home News (Archive)

Creating Home News
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Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
May 2018

New to CPSH?
  • Welcome! CPSH is delighted you have join thousands of people who are interested in creating more safe, affordable, service enriched housing in neighborhoods across the DFW area. Please share your story .
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Find Housing
  • CPSH continues to work with community leaders to address the lack of safe, affordable, service-enriched, community-based housing in North Texas 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.

Mainstream Vouchers for People with Disabilities
  • Several DFW Housing Authorities are looking at opportunities to apply for Mainstream Vouchers. These Vouchers are designed to help tenants with disabilities live independently in the community. The Mainstream Vouchers are for non-elderly people with disabilities who are transitioning from institutional or other segregated settings to community living; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless. This is affordable housing and would include services.

    CPSH is compiling an interest list. CPSH is looking for the following:
    • People with disabilities interested in applying for these Mainstream Vouchers
    • Property owners of single family or multi family properties interested in tenants with Mainstream Vouchers.

    Self-advocates, and parents/guardians of a persons with a disability, and property owners please complete the Yellow Sheet.

    Service providers (medicaid or private) and interested in assisting tenants please complete the SP Form.
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Learning opportunities - sign up on the interest lists
Help Other Self-advocates and Families Find Services and Housing
  • Please complete the form here and share your favorites. There are families in immediate need of this information.

    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

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

Creating Home News and Calendar <=== Check out more news!
  • Creating Home News and Calendar e-newsletter has stories, calendar of events, and other features about creative housing options for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges, as well as independent living in North Texas. Back issues of these emails are also included.
CPSH Housing Survey
Appreciate the Work CPSH Does?
Please Donate!
Help CPSH with 2018 Projects.

CPSH can only succeed with your help.
Learn more about donating at Give2CPSH.
Thank you!

Subscribe
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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.
Change your subscription or contact CPSH
© by 2018 Community for Permanent Supported Housing. All rights Reserved.




Aussie mum who tried to kill son with disability breaks silence

Aussie mum who tried to kill son with disability breaks silence

In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes, set to air this Sunday, a Melbourne woman charged over the attempted murder of her son blames the disability support system for her harrowing behaviour. After spending more than three decades caring for her autistic and epileptic son, in May last year that Yvette Nichol finally "reached breaking point" and attempted to end his life.





City of Plano Fair Housing Symposium - Handouts

Materials include:

  •  THE 1968 FAIR HOUSING ACT & ASSESSING FAIR HOUSING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Fair Housing Presentation

  • Texas Landlord-Tenant Law

Link to handouts





Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor...

Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor - But Only If Housing Is Available

Farryn Giles and her 6-year-old son Isaiah have been living in a crumbling apartment building with her ex-husband, who's letting her stay for a couple months. Pigeons have infested the walls of the courtyard. Before she lived here, she was sleeping on and off in her car.





When the only hope is to outlive a child

By JACQUIELYNN FLOYD Special to The Eagle

Apr 16, 2018

To most of us, it’s unthinkable that a loving parent might wish — might pray — to outlive a cherished son or daughter.

It’s horrifying to imagine a parent making sure of it by murdering that child.

No motive has been made clear, and none may ever be, to explain why a former Lucas City Council member strangled his disabled adult daughter last week before taking his own life.

But the tragedy fits a pattern familiar to aging parents who have devoted their lives to caring for a profoundly disabled child — and who view the future with growing fear.

“They all say the same thing: They hope their child will die before them,” said Laura Warren, executive director of Texas Parent to Parent, a nonprofit that advocates for families with disabled kids of all ages. “That’s just not realistic.”

On April 8, 58-year-old Donald Zriny strangled his 26-year-old daughter, Amanda, and then hanged himself in the family’s semi-rural Collin County home.

Acquaintances say Zriny, who served on the Lucas City Council — Lucas is just northeast of Plano — from 2005 to 2012, was the main caretaker for Amanda, who was born with severe disabilities. She was unable to walk, speak, read or write, and was entirely dependent on her parents, according to court records.

Zriny’s wife, Amanda’s mother, discovered the bodies and frantically called police. She has since declined to comment; a woman who answered the phone at the family residence hung up when I called.

What could you say about such a nightmare? That no one possibly can understand? That fear and despair can push a decent and loving person over a cliff?

“It probably happens more than you think,” said Parent to Parent’s Warren, herself the mother of an adult son with disabilities.

Decades after the routine practice of permanent institutionalization for developmentally and intellectually disabled children first was challenged and then largely phased out, we still do a piecemeal job providing services to kids with disabilities.

But some parents are distraught to find that those piecemeal services get much more scarce when those children “age out” of the state mandate to provide educational services — usually at 18 or 21, Warren said.

“It’s like falling into a black hole,” Warren said. “(Your child) leaves high school, you’re in a world that doesn’t make sense. The services and the help are gone.”

The group Warren heads works to make connections between families of disabled children, decreasing the isolation they too often experience.

There are other services available, but they can be scarce and hard to find. And the waiting lists can last for years.

“Texas has to be one of the worst states for public funding for this,” Warren said. Surprise.

But there are tragedies borne of private desperation elsewhere, too. One prominent case involved a Chicago-area woman named Bonnie Liltz who killed her severely disabled 28-year-old daughter, Courtney, in 2015.

Frightened that her own recurring cancer would leave her unable to care for her daughter, Liltz killed Courtney with a lethal overdose of medication through her feeding tube. The two had lived alone for years in a small apartment, where they slept on twin beds in the same room so Liltz could always be at her daughter’s side.

A judge sentenced Liltz to four years in prison, even though prosecutors themselves recommended probation. Last year, while free pending an appeal, Liltz took her own life.

“(F)ar too many families with a member with a disability are not prepared for the future, or are frightened by what the future may look like,” wrote Peter Berns, CEO of Arc of the United States, an advocacy group for Americans with intellectual challenges.

 

That fear, that relentless anxiety, is reflected in online message boards for families of disabled adults: “We worry about the future.” “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” “My parents have done nothing to set things up for my brother’s care.”

We all want to believe that in this more enlightened post-institutional era, developmentally and intellectually disabled Americans are contented and accepted members of their own communities.

We want to think that with a quick internet search or a phone call, the support services they and their families need can be accessed easily.

Usually, that is a fantasy. Families describe full-time struggles with government agencies, a chronic lack of respite care, scarce availability of in-care assistance.

“The need for competent help is daunting,” said the Philadelphia Inquirer in a compelling series on this issue published late last year.

In Florida, where a large elderly population means more aging caretakers, families are desperate: “We hear again and again, ‘I am in my 80s and (the child) is in their 60s,” said Rich LaBelle, a family advocate. They only solution they see, he said, is this: “‘All I can hope is they pass away before I do.’”

Think about it: These are parents who have provided decades of daily care for children who will never be able to live on their own. And the best they can hope for is to outlive those children, to see them die.

If that’s the best hope they have, then shame on us all.

Jacquielynn Floyd writes for The Dallas Morning News.





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

 

 





April 2018 Creating Home News (Archive)

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Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
April 2018

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.





    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





    February 2018 Creating Home News (Archive)

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    Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties

    COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
    February 2018

    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.

    Creating Home News and Calendar here. <=== Check out more news!

    CPSH Housing survey here.
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    CPSH can only succeed with your help. If you appreciate the importance of what we are doing in the DFW area, please consider donating to CPSH and ask your employer to match the donation.

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    About This Newsletter
    The Community for Permanent Supported Housing e-newsletter has stories, calendar of events, and other features about creative housing options for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or social challenges, as well as independent living in North Texas.
    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.
    Change your subscription or contact CPSH
    © by 2018 Community for Permanent Supported Housing. All rights Reserved.




    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