New Housing Guidebook for People with Disabilities in Arizona

Sonoran UCEDD
University of Arizona
DDNN Summer 2013

My House My Home, Real Homes for Real People coverPeople with developmental disabilities, just like everyone else, want to be a part of the community and have choices about where and with whom they live.  Priced Out in 2012 identified the difficulty people with disabilities living on limited income have in obtaining decent, safe, affordable, and accessible housing. Planning for a home of your own takes time, thought, and information.

Responding to this need, the Sonoran UCEDD, with support from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, created a housing guidebook, My House My Home: Real Homes for Real People, to support individuals with disabilities in creating a home that meets their desires and needs. The guidebook provides perspectives from people with developmental disabilities themselves, their family members, service providers, and experts in the field. It integrates suggestions about things to consider, options available in Arizona, resources and supports to explore, and personal stories of what works. 

The six chapters highlight the discussions important in choosing and creating a home of our own; describes Arizona’s service systems; presents alternatives such as shared living, cooperative housing and co-housing communities; identifies possible home modifications and assistive technologies; compares the benefits of renting or buying a home; and identifies a person’s rights according to the Fair Housing Act. 

Planning for a home of your own takes time and thought.  The My House My Home Planning Worksheet in the Appendix is a tool that is useful to track and document the planning process.  It also identifies what a person needs and wants in a home, the type of supports necessary to maintain independence and choice, other persons available to provide help, and the next steps in the planning process.  

It is available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free at the Sonoran UCEDD website: http://sonoranucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/publications/568

Printed copies are available through the ADDPC: (602) 542-8970 or https://www.azdes.gov/ADDPC

For questions or comments about the guidebook, contact Lynne Tomasa at ltomasa@email.arizona.edu