We are all different.
Your child may flourish living in a supportive intentional community, in a suburban single family house or in an urban apartment. (S)he may enjoy living alone, in the company of others with similar abilities or in the company of people of different ages and abilities. As a loving parent, your noble task is to determine where your child will flourish and see to it that (s)he is able to live in such a place. We can help.
Living Unlimited is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity establishing and supporting communities for people with and without disabilities to live safe, supportive, balanced, fulfilling lives with dignity, purpose, warmth, culture and employment, while encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible and to reach their full potential.
After three years of research, Living Unlimited is promoting [three different housing concepts]. Our preferred model is for homes to be a mix of young adults with special needs and neurotypical Home Companions who would provide a family-like context to life. In California, support services and day program would be provided by independent third-party companies holding vendor contracts with a regional center. However Living Unlimited would provide a Community Manager to ensure the welfare of Residents and oversee the provision of services by others. The Home Companions and Community Managers would be the parents eyes and ears protecting the welfare of their children.
Intentional (rural) communities exist in many places and are thriving. They offer many advantages over other housing options. However, they are all full and provide no solution for us or our children. This option also presents complexities which often discourage parents who might otherwise be interested. About one-third of our families report that an intentional community would be their first choice option... read more
Clustered Suburban Housing:
A cluster of smaller (three- to seven-bedroom) single family residences located near each other with common oversight and management, more closely representing the way most of our children are now living. We are accepting applications now and can proceed when we have a core group of three or more compatible families. Our current target areas are Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties... read more
Multi-Unit Housing (apartments, repurposed assisted living homes or converted motels) located in more urban setting with the advantage of easy access to amenities. To date, we have not identified any attractive properties, but have looked at enough to be able to describe what is in the market and what our options might be...
Help! As volunteers in a non-profit company, why are we doing this? Because no one else is going to solve our children’s housing problem for us!
We sincerely invite you to work with us on this vital matter.