Supportive Housing for Adults with Intellectual, Developmental, and Related Disabilities in a Home-ownership Setting

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1st Floor with an adjacent accessible full bath.



Next Steps:

Contact Mary Chris Semrow, Consultant to Families, to learn more about Specialized Housing and the support provided to the residents as well as the financial commitment. 

Schedule a tour 

Submit an application for an assessment of your family member/potential resident

Meet the families and  residents of both houses

Sign on 

​Celebrate moving day!

What is it all about?
How will I know if this program is for our family and family member?
What are the expectations and make-up of the residents?
How will my family member be supported?
What does a typical day look like?
How is ownership structured?
What is the structure of the program once opened?   
What is the monthly program fee for staffing, management, and household expenses?
How do families fund the monthly assessment?
What are the next steps if our family wants to know more?

How will I know if this program is for our family and family member?

During the process of learning more about the program supported by Specialized Housing, family members learn about the staffing and support provided to residents and Specialized Housing learns more about your family member. Often families are concerned that the 1:9 or 1:10 ratio would not provide the support their family member needs. Our experience shows that the staff support, peer support and peer modeling, as well as expectations to work toward independence results in a resident gaining skill and confidence to do more for him/herself.

Once all are comfortable that the individual would likely thrive in this model, an application for an assessment is submitted.  The cost is $ 300.  The Clinical Director will meet with your family and your family member over a period of weeks. The potential resident will spend an evening at 20 E Street and get together with the future residents of 14 E Street.  As the opening of this program is several months away, the assessment may show families areas of skills to work on while waiting to move in.

What are the expectations and make-up of the residents?

Residents are 18 years or older with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and some physical disabilities. Residents are relatively independent, accessing community resources and employment.  They have a common desire to live together as a family, a willingness to share living space, an acceptance of responsibility for working together on the tasks of maintaining a supportive and friendly environment.

Residents relate appropriately to peers and other adults, are receptive to limits, rules, and structure, and respect the property of others. They display alertness, interest, and motivation. They can cope with stressful situations without becoming aggressive or destructive.

Residents are responsible for basic skills of adult daily living, such as good hygiene, maintenance of their own living space, and some money management skills.  They should also be able to be alone at home for limited periods of time and be involved in work and/or day programs that provide community engagement and stimulation.

Staff supports residents who need to become more proficient in daily living skills and can provide money management ongoing. 

How will my family member be supported?

See "Specialized Housing" tab above

What does a typical day look like?

Staff is on duty from 7 to 8 am.  Residents make their own breakfasts and pack a lunch for the day.

When residents return from work, volunteering or day programs, the House Manager is on duty to greet them. The House manager may help residents with money issues/banking, assist in refilling prescriptions, meal preparation, scheduling appointments, etc.

Residents have dinner together nightly.  The meal may be prepared by a resident or a resident with support from staff.  Residents report that this is the best time of the day and enjoy interacting with each other and staff.

Residents help with clean up after meals and with other household chores during the week.

One evening a week the condo meeting is held. The Clinical Director will arrive to have dinner with the group and then facilitate the meeting. Topics include meal planning or activities for the following weeks as well as helping residents with issues or concerns. The Clinical Director is available to meet with residents one-on-one as well.

How is ownership structured?

Families or a Trust purchase a "unit", typically a bedroom with a shared bath and share of the common space, in a 10 bedroom house.  It may be an outright purchase or the family can secure a mortgage.  Each unit is assessed property taxes by the City of South Portland.  If the family operates as the landlord of the unit and enters into a lease with their family member, expenses related to the ownership of the real estate can be expensed on taxes. (Consult your attorney/tax professional)

What is the structure of the program once units have been purchased?

A Condo Association is formed with a Board of Trustees made up of family members,

The Board of Trustees contracts with Specialized Housing on an annual basis to provide supervision, staffing, and management of the property.

What is the monthly program fee for staffing, management, and household expenses?

Families are charged a monthly program fee for the typical condo related expenses, SHI services and utilities and food - everything needed to provide the residents what they need.

How do families fund the monthly fee??

Residents typically have Social Security Income or SSDI.  A portion of those funds can be used towards the monthly assessment.  Some residents may have Section 8 housing vouchers which help to defray the out-of-pocket costs for a family.  A resident may have work income to contribute.

What are the next steps if our family is interested in knowing more?

See the green box to the right