Individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families often begin to explore various housing options as part of the transition from high school to the adult life. But know this: it is never too early to start. Whether you
are in the “shopping stage”, “exploring possibilities stage”, or “ready to act stage”, finding the perfect place to call home will require time, energy, and creativity.

As you begin to explore housing options for your son or daughter, it will be beneficial to know about the wide array of possibilities.

Community-based Housing options for individuals with IDD generally fall into the following categories…

  • Co-Housing
  • Family Home
  • Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) Group Home
  • Home, Apartment, Condominium, Duplex, and Townhome Rental or Ownership
  • Host Family Home
  • Privately Funded Communities
  • ​Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program


  • Arc US: Housing issues for People with Disabilities

             Information and resources on housing for people with disabilities.

             Co-housing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space.

  • Community for Permanent and Support Housing (CPSH)

            CPSH creates awareness about the need for housing for people with disabilities in North Texas.

            The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any                   housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability                 and the presence of children.

            The “Olmstead Decision” supports the concept that services and supports should be provided to a person who has a                       disability in the most integrated setting possible. This has allowed individuals who have a disability to create                                         individualized housing options. It has also given a person control over some of the supports and services provided.

Providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.