Across DFW: Assessment of Fair Housing



Cities across North Texas are having public input meetings for their upcoming Assessments 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. Your voice is very important to the next generation of people with disabilities to ensure they have safe, affordable housing.

Links: CPSH encourages our community to speak up and complete the survey about the need for affordable, accessible housing throughout the DFW area (Collin, Denton, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties). CPSH has two messages that can affect many families:
  • There is a the significant gap between Fair Market Rent (set by HUD) and competitive rent in the DFW area. The gap prevents finding affordable rental property using vouchers in safe neighborhoods where people with IDD and autism can live. The reimbursement rate of the voucher is set by the Fair Market Rent. Property owners prefer to rent at competitive rates because they make more profit at competitive rates than at Fair Market Rent. So property owners are less interested in applying to accept vouchers from their residents or applying for Project-Based Vouchers.


  • The DFW area needs Project-Based Voucher programs for single family homes so that property owners who want to lease homes to persons with IDD can do so. This is important because under this program there are agreements between property owners and services providers to help the tenants in the home as needed. The property owner can select the residents to ensure compatibility which is very important for people with disabilities. There are 54 people in the DFW area who are successfully living in apartment units and homes under this program. Through reasonable accommodations adults can live in community-based housing.
Your attendance at these meetings is important to make change happen for these underserved adults. They need opportunity and access to live in the community.

If you plan to attend would you please let us know? Email. Let's go where our voices will be heard!

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July 2017 Creating Home News (Archive)

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

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
July 2017

Dallas News CPSH Commentary - IDD/Autism independent living
Recently, there have been several stories in the Dallas Morning News about developments being build for people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism. These are positive initiatives but in total they provide housing for less than 500 residents and the cost is out of reach for most families. More affordable, safe housing options are needed in North Texas.

As an organization that advocates for safe, affordable, service-enriched housing, we want the community to know that there are very affordable ways that individuals with these disabilities may access housing at about 30% of income. It takes work to make this happen.

Please go here to click through to view the story. There is also a link to the detailed story with data and examples.

Already, the story has reached over 3.000 people in North Texas. CPSH would like it to reach at least 5,000 people. If you feel so inclined, please forward the link or this email to others who may be interested in affordable housing and encourage them to contact CPSH.

CPSH has asked to meet with the Dallas Housing Authority to discuss the gap between Fair Market Rent (set by HUD) and competitive rent. The gap creates a challenge finding affordable rental property in safe neighborhoods where people with IDD and autism can live.

Soon, CPSH will host a community meeting to discuss this and other topics.

Thank you for reading and sharing.


Unite4housing: CPSH Complaint to HUD
CPSH has filed a compliant with HUD regarding the Dallas Housing Authority's cancelation of the Project-Based Voucher program for single family homes so that persons with IDD can live in safe, affordable housing in the DFW area.

The HUD investigator has notified us that the investigation is ongoing.

CPSH encourages you to participate in the email campaign to show local housing leaders that you support this complaint. Already 155 people have sent emails.

These vouchers are for Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant Counties.

Anyone, anywhere can send emails.

For the latest information and the email campaign, go here.


QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Would your child thrive in a tiny house?
Each month CPSH will pose a question about housing, so we can understand your thoughts about housing options. You can be anonymous or share your email address.

This is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.

Would you please send us your feedback, 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

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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
CPSH about volume printing, here.


           

           

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Your Donation Matters!
Help CPSH with 2017 Projects.

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.

Learn more about donating at Give2CPSH.
        


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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.


cpsh 8 Ways to Support CPSH, here.
Watch the CPSH Animated Mission Video, here.
Change your subscription or contact CPSH
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Minding my disabled daughter: "I don't want to do this any more"

This story is the reality of parents with children who need lots of care.  An example of why housing is so important for people with all type of disabilities.  Send us your story!

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6/27/17 SSI and Work Income

Many individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may want to work but are concerned about the impact of earnings on their SSI and Medicaid benefits. The Social Security Administration provides work incentives that may allow you to keep some or all of your benefits while you work. With good information you can make an informed choice about work.


Listen to this webinar to learn more about: 
• Basics of SSI
• Medicaid overview
• SSI return to work process
• SSI work incentives
• Next steps to return to work

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6/29/17 Dallas News CPSH Commentary Affordable housing is possible

To the right  is the link to the Dallas News opinion editorial we had published this week.

Here is the pdf of the story  if you don't have a subscription of to dallas news.com.

If you would like to read the details behind the story go here. (pdf)

7/4/17 update: Recently, there have been several stories in the Dallas Morning News about developments being build for people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism. These are positive initiatives but in total they provide housing for less than 500 residents and the cost is out of reach for most families. More affordable, safe housing options are needed in North Texas. 

As an organization that advocates for safe, affordable, service-enriched housing, we want the community to know that there are very affordable ways that individuals with these disabilities may access housing at about 30% of income. It takes work to make this happen. 

Already, the story has reached over 3.000 people in North Texas. CPSH would like it to reach at least 5,000 people. If you feel so inclined, please forward the link or this email to others who may be interested in affordable housing and encourage them to contact CPSH. 

CPSH has asked to meet with the Dallas Housing Authority to discuss the gap between Fair Market Rent (set by HUD) and competitive rent. The gap creates a challenge finding affordable rental property in safe neighborhoods where people with IDD and autism can live. 

Soon, CPSH will host a community meeting to discuss this and other topics. 

Thank you for reading and sharing. 

 

 

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Unite4housing update-HUD Complaint

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June 26, 2017

CPSH has filed a compliant with HUD regarding the Dallas Housing Authority's cancelation of the Project-based voucher program for single family homes so that persons with IDD can live in safe, affordable housing in the DFW area.

The HUD investigator has notified us that the investigation is ongoing.

CPSH encourages you to participate in the email campaign to show local housing leaders that you support this complaint. Already 155 people have sent emails.

These vouchers are for Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant Counties.  

Anyone, anywhere can send emails.

For the latest information and the email campaign, go here 

 

May 28, 2017

CPSH has filed a compliant with HUD regarding the Dallas Housing Authority's cancelation of the Project-based voucher program for single family homes so that persons with IDD can live in safe, affordable housing in the DFW area.

During May, 2017 HUD requested answers to several questions about the complaint, which we provided.  We will post correspondence with HUD on our webpage as we receive it and share news as it happens.

Already over 150 people have sent emails to local elected offices to share with them their support of the complaint. Several people from out of state have found our website and sent letters as well. Thank you to everyone who send emails. 

We encourage you to send your emails and share this issue with family and friends.  

For the latest information and the email campaign, go here 

Thank you for your advocacy for a better North Texas.





June 2017 Creating Home News (Archive)

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

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT
SUPPORTED HOUSING
June 2017

Welcome To New and Returning Subscribers!

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.

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

Planning for Independent Living: A Texas Parent’s Guide to Independent Living for Adult Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

48 pages, full color, bound.

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 CPSH about volume printing, here.


Your Donation Matters!
Help CPSH with 2017 Projects.

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.

Learn more about donating at Give2CPSH.
8 Ways to Support CPSH, here.
Watch the CPSH Animated Mission Video, here.
Change your subscription or contact CPSH
© by 2017 Community for Permanent Supported Housing. All rights Reserved.




4/21/17 Things not to say to people with disabilities





April 2017 Creating Home News (Archive)

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

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT
SUPPORTED HOUSING
April 2017

Welcome To New and Returning Subscribers!

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 over 97,000 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.

”The Road To Home”
CPSH is sharing 2017 activities with parents, educators and everyone interested in how CPSH is creating more housing options and helping parents transition their adult children into independent living with supports. Please RSVP at the link below.
4/4/17 Coppell
5/1/17 Crowley

Educators and Service Providers, please share the links to these meetings with your students and families. Flyers are available to distribute on the calendar pages.

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


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Planning for Independent Living: A Texas Parent’s Guide to Independent Living for Adult Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

48 pages, full color, bound.

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 CPSH about volume printing, here.


NEW COMMUNICATION RESOURCES

Do you have a family member, student or client that has difficulty with communicating needs or wants? With the right resources most people of any age can learn to communicate with others. As CPSH addresses housing needs, we believe the most important word to communicate is "help".

CPSH would like you to know about a friend of CPSH, Kathy Kelchner. Kathy has made a career in local public school districts as an expert in autism and has helped thousands of families. She has developed several products that are used by families and professions to help people with autism and IDD communicate.

We are most excited about the GOLDEN IDEAS FOR GOLDEN CHILDREN: FAMILY EDITION. It is a book with a USB flash drive with a picture/word system you can customize to the needs of those you are helping. CPSH is using this system as we create more training classes about independent living for individual with IDD and their families. Over the last few months Kathy has been at the same disability resource fairs that CPSH attends. Parents, ISD employees, pre-vocational programs, and Group-home managers have purchased the GOLDEN IDEAS FOR GOLDEN CHILDREN: FAMILY EDITION at these events. Parents, especially say "I need this!"

Please take a look here and contact Kathy here.
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Guide 2017 Projects.

2017 CPSH projects are underway. As you know, CPSH relies on volunteers to steer the charity. Giving 7our time results in increasing housing options for our children, students, athletes, consumers and patients. And together we provide housing sooner rather than later. Most of the opportunities average about 10 hours per month. Would you please take a look at the opportunities here..
Use Your Corporate Matching.
Help CPSH with 2017 Projects.

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.

Learn more about donating at Give2CPSH.
8 Ways to Support CPSH, here.
Watch the CPSH Animated Mission Video, here.
Change your subscription or contact CPSH
© by 2017 Community for Permanent Supported Housing. All rights Reserved.