July 2018 Creating Home News (Archive)

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

COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
July 2018

Summary of 6/23/18 Neighborhood Home Open House
  • Thank you for attending the open house. It was a full house to learn more about this "Neighborhood Home". This is not an HCS-residential home, though there are agencies identified to provide support for the residents. It's anticipated that residents will be moving in during July/August. Adults with special needs and their parents are interested in housing across North Texas. Thank you to Rosemary for opening the home.

    Because of the interest in Neighborhood Homes, in the next few weeks CPSH will working with families who are interested in dedicating a home for independent living in the next twelve months. CPSH will keep you updated through this newsletter. If you are currently creating a Neighborhood Home and would like CPSH to participate in an open house, please email CPSH
Neighborhood Homes and Mainstream Vouchers for People with Disabilities
  • CPSH will be working with interested home owners to access HUD vouchers, so the residences have access to decreased rent costs. In mid to late August we will know more about which DFW Housing Authorities have been awarded funding 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.

Announcing KeyReady Living
  • COMMUNITY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING is delighted to announce our partnership with a firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, KeyREADY Living.

    As we have heard from you, self-advocates with disabilities and their families, once a decision is made to invest in a signal family home, or rent space in an apartment, a home, duplex, or condo, you have real estate questions.

    KeyREADY Living is a real estate firm that can assist you in:
    • Investing or purchasing a home
    • Renting a home or apartment unit
    • Maintaining a property

    Kathy Retamozo Lipnick, owner, has a nephew with disabilities and provides real estate services to people with disabilities and their families.

    To see a video that explains Kathy's service and to download a brochure, go here.
What is Take Me Home?

Take Me Home is a database developed by the Pensacola Police Department for people who may need special assistance if they are alone or in times of emergency. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
The system includes a current digital picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a police officer encounters a person in the Take Me Home system, the officer can query the Take Me Home system, searching by name or by the person’s physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home record has been located, the officer has the information at hand to appropriately assist the person.

Take Me Home was developed in cooperation with Consolidated Technology Solutions, a law enforcement software company, and with the support of then-Pensacola Police Chief John Mathis. In conjunction with the Autism Society’s Safe and Sound Initiative, the Take Me Home program is distributed nationwide so that it may be available to all law enforcement agencies, free of charge.

How does it work?

Police departments make the commitment to use the program and gather and maintain the individual enrollment records. Once the program is in place in a community, families or individuals contact the police department and submit a recent digital photo, description of height, weight and other demographic information as well as emergency contact information.

This information is placed in a database that can be accessed in a police cruiser or back at the station. If officers find someone who can’t communicate where he/she lives, they can search the database by description and return the person to their loved ones. The system also works in reverse — if a loved one goes missing, their picture and description are immediately available.

Take Me Home is voluntary for citizens who participate, and all information is kept confidential.

There is no charge to police departments for the program and there is no enrollment fee.

Below are cities in the DFW area currently participating in the Take Me Home or a similar program, with links directly to the programs

  • ALLEN POLICE DEPT.
  • BEDFORD POLICE DEPT.
  • FORNEY POLICE DEPT.
  • FRISCO TEXAS POLICE DEPT.
  • JOHNSON COUNTY S.O.
  • KELLER
  • MCKINNEY POLICE DEPT.
  • PLANO TX P.D.
  • SOUTHLAKE


  • As parents encourage independence this program is an additional safety net for families. Signing up is another way to celebrate "Independence Day." It's also a gift for peace of mind. Here is a video.

    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.

    Learning opportunities - sign up on the interest lists. The session are sellouts!
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