Living Arrangements

Please note that some services have limited capacity and may not be immediately available.  Your Care Manager will be able to provide more information on accessing the various OPWDD services listed here.


Independent Living – Apartments & Housing

OPWDD offers housing supports and services based on the goals and needs of each person, supporting people to live in the most integrated community setting possible. While it is often seen as more common for people with milder disabilities to live independently in the community, individuals with moderate to very severe disabilities have also been successful at living in apartments and their own homes in the broader community with the
right supports and services.

Community living can be extremely rewarding and can help you reach your potential. Staff, family and friends may help you live successfully in the community. The Individual Supports and Services (ISS)/Housing Subsidy helps adults with developmental disabilities live in their communities by providing funds to help you pay for rent and utilities in your own apartment in the community. Housing subsidies are available to help individuals live independently – you can share an apartment with one or more people who are not your parents or legal guardians.

Community Residential Settings

Community residential settings in the OPWDD system are certified homes that offer different levels of support to individuals with developmental disabilities who have high needs.

  • Family Care provides community-based housing in private homes that are approved and certified by OPWDD. The Family Care program offers a caring and stable home environment in a family-like setting.
  • IRAs (Individualized Residential Alternatives, or group homes) provide room, board and individualized services and supports in a home-like setting where individuals with developmental disabilities can gain the skills they need to live as independently as possible. Some people who live in IRAs need help 24/7 to meet their medical and behavioral needs. Other people who live in IRAs need less support.

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