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7 Helpful Resources for Housing Information

By Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos

Living independently is a major milestone for young adults with learning and thinking differences. It’s often an expensive milestone, too. Use these resources to help your child find a supportive (and affordable) new home.

Disability.gov

The federal government’s website on disability programs and services is a powerhouse. Disability.gov includes resources to help your child find a place to live. It has contact information for government agencies and organizations that provide rental assistance. The section on housing rights describes your child’s rights and what is considered discrimination. You can also use the site to figure out what to do if your child has a problem with her landlord.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is referred to as HUD (rhymes with mud). It provides rental housing for people with all kinds of disabilities. HUD housing, also called public housing, is only available to low-income families and individuals. Your child must submit an application to find out if she’s eligible.

Assisted Living for Young Adults

Assisted living facilities can help families find residential treatment centers, group homes and youth nursing homes for young adults. Your health insurance may cover some of the cost. Depending where you live, your child’s learning difference may quality her for adult social services and support.

Socialserve.com

This free database can help you locate affordable housing. You can search based on price, Section 8 eligibility and distance to public transportation. You can search for units that are accessible to people in wheelchairs as well as units that are located in assisted living facilities. Landlords and housing agencies also use the site to list available affordable housing.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is the granddaddy of U.S. government benefits websites. Learn about benefits for education, health, employment, food assistance and more—for all kinds of people who need extra support. By answering a few questions, your child can find out which government benefits she may be eligible to receive. She can also browse by state to see what kinds of benefits are available in your area.

Community Action Agencies

There are more than 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country. They help low-income Americans with job training, housing, food banks, energy assistance and many other programs. Find out what your local CAA offers.

2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 to access this free and confidential resource. It is designed to connect you with health and human services in your community. When you or your child calls 2-1-1, you can get information about different types of programs including ones that can help pay for housing, utilities and transportation.

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