Finding affordable housing is a challenge in most communities. But obtaining suitable housing is a distinct challenge for the special needs community – young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are ready to live on their own - yet are not fully independent.
The Eva Sophia Project for “differently-abled adults” was created to provide supportive community housing for adults with intellectual disabilities - by giving them a place to live independently, with choice and integration in their locale.
The vision is that residents can enjoy decorating their apartments; wake up and go to work; have their friends over; and have pride in where they live.
A group of area parents and individuals committed to this cause, formalized the mission, and have inspired public interest in giving people with intellectual disabilities a place to live on their own.
Did you know?
Every year, 111,600 intellectually and developmentally disabled teens age out of school-based services.
When public funding for education ends at age 18, educational resources and social options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are limited or unavailable. Families impacted by IDD are faced with figuring out what comes next.
According to the CDC, approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have an intellectual disability, and this population reports difficulty finding appropriately trained and willing healthcare providers.