#19 & #20: Special Needs Housing: Independent Apartment Community
Independent Apartment Communities are a new(ish) housing model for adults with disabilities. IACs are similar to the traditional apartment model in the freedom of choice that comes with living and maintaining one's apartment with or without roommates. The difference, as the name indicates, is the community piece. IAC's are staffed to provide around the clock supports, meaningful social opportunities, and both scheduled and non scheduled social outings and activities. They are a smaller community to call home located within the larger community or town residents are also a part of.
Aaron Vorell is the executive director of one of the first IAC's called Casa de Amma and he also serves on the board of directors for other existing and in development Independent Apartment Communities. He shares his experience and insights with us in Episodes #19 & #20.
Mentioned in These Episodes
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Episode #19 - Independent Apartment Communities
History and founders of Casa de Amma
Maintaining core values
Size and layout of Casa de Amma
A day in the life of a resident (and staff) of an IAC
Functioning level of residents at Casa de Amma
Aging in place
Funding and support structure
How long wait lists are serving as inspiration to create more housing
The IAC website and symposiums to assist others in creating housing
The beginning stages of finding a core group and board of directors
Publicly funded housing vs. privately funded housing and the use of low income tax credits to assist in funding new projects
HCBS rulings differ by state and have an impact on publicly funded projects.
This show is part of a 12 episode housing series. Listen to other topics in the series via your favorite podcast app or directly on the LOMAH website.