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The Importance of Inclusive Cohousing in Independent Living

As we celebrate the 4th of July and our freedoms in America, let’s not forget that there are still segments of our population who do not have the same opportunities for independence and living on their own.  Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a housing crisis, with limited affordable and attainable options for independent living.  Front Porch Cohousing is proud to be leading the way in developing the first-of-its-kind inclusive cohousing communities, providing much-needed housing and independence to those who need it most.

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often face significant challenges when it comes to finding affordable housing and achieving independence.  Many must rely on their families or group homes to provide basic needs such as shelter, food, and transportation.  In many cases, individuals with IDD are overlooked or excluded from traditional housing options, leaving them with limited choices for independent living.

Enter inclusive cohousing communities, designed to provide affordable, attainable, and inclusive housing options to individuals with IDD.  Front Porch Cohousing is leading the way in developing communities that offer a unique blend of privacy and community living.  Each individual or family in the community has their own private living space but also shares common spaces such as kitchens, gardens, and community rooms.  This design allows for social interaction and community building, while also providing individuals with the privacy they need and deserve.

Inclusive cohousing communities will be a game-changer for adults with IDD who have been denied the opportunity for independent living for too long.  These communities offer more than just affordable housing - they also provide a sense of belonging and community.  Individuals who live in inclusive cohousing communities will have access to a support system that understands their unique needs and challenges.  Additionally, these communities will offer access to job training and employment opportunities, as well as resources for healthcare and other social services.

Front Porch Cohousing is committed to developing inclusive cohousing communities that truly include all individuals, regardless of their background or abilities.  These communities will be designed to be barrier-free, ensuring that individuals with mobility limitations or other physical challenges can enjoy full access to all community spaces.  Inclusive cohousing communities will also provide on-site or close proximity support staff, who are trained to work with individuals with IDD and their families to provide the support that they need to thrive.

As we celebrate our freedoms on the 4th of July and honor those who serve our country, let us not forget about the individuals with IDD who still do not have the freedom and independence to live on their own.  Inclusive cohousing communities are a game-changer for these individuals, providing access to affordable, attainable, inclusive housing options that give them a chance to thrive.  Front Porch Cohousing is proud to lead the way in developing these communities, and we encourage all supporters of disability rights and affordable housing to join us in this important work.  Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable future for all.