Supportive housing offers support to people with special needs, such as mental illness, AIDS, and substance abuse histories. It may be developed to meet the needs of a particular population, such as people with mental illness, or low income working people and a mixed special needs tenancy. The housing may be located in a single building (commonly called congregate housing) or apartments scattered throughout many buildings (scattered site housing).
Centers for Independent Living (CIL) are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living Provide:
Information and Referral
Individual and Systems Advocacy
Independent Living Skills Training
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Transition Brochure - Housing and Employment Supports
This document provides a brief description of supports offered by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to students who are transitioning from school to adult life. Specifically, the following supports are listed and defined in the brochure: residential supports; supports for community-based living; and employment services.
Coming Home: Transitioning Back Into the Community - A Resources Directory
A New York City resource directory for court-involved youth leaving detention and returning to the community. The goal of this publication is to provide resources for young people in order to create working, engaged and responsible adults who can contribute to the community.