Intentional (mostly rural) Properties
They offer many advantages over other housing options and exist in many places and are thriving. 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.
If you feel your child might thrive in an inclusive community where nature and beauty are manifest in the raising plants and animals and the passing of the seasons (whether an urban orchard and garden, a country village or a rural farm), this option may be ideal. Take your child to a local petting zoo, equestrian park, park or large garden. If they seem to be at peace, you are on the right track.
We are now in contract to purchase Clearwater Ranch in Cloverdale, Sonoma County and are accepting applications to fill 20 – 24 openings at prices ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 per family. We are unsure if financing will be possible. The property consists of 84 rolling acres in Sonoma County™s Alexander Valley wine country, with nine homes, 35 bedrooms, commercial kitchen, gymnasium and shallow swimming pool and bordering a large reserve. See http://www.living-unlimited.org/cloverdale/ for details. In the last year, about 26 families have visited Clearwater Ranch with us and about half have expressed interested. We are organizing visits regularly. You are all cordially invited to attend. Such ready-made properties are rare and we are excited to offer this as our first endeavor.
Clustered (mostly suburban) Single Family Homes
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, but we can easily focus on other affordable neighborhoods once core groups have formed. We estimate that we can provide permanent housing for young adults with I/DD for about $125,000 to $250,000 each. Financing may be available. About one third of our families favor this option, and we are forming groups before we can proceed, because such houses do not remain on the market very long.
Multi-Unit Housing (mostly urban) Apartments, Repurposed Assisted Living Homes or Converted Motels
This type of housing is 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.