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THE NEED

For families of children with life long IDDs, the concerns and fears only grow as their children reach adulthood and the availability of crucial services inevitably all but disappears. The ultimate fear, a fear shared by all parents of children with IDD, is "where will my child live and who will care for him when I am no longer around?" Casa Familia’s affordable housing project is the answer to that question.

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD BY LIVING ARRANGEMENT 2017

  • In Florida, most adults with IDD live with a parent or guardian.

  • For many, existing residential options are unaffordable or inappropriate.

  • Many adults with IDD experience social isolation and loneliness. They often have few social networks and friendships beyond families and caregivers (Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 2017).

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD LIVING WITH A FAMILY CAREGIVER  BY CAREGIVER AGE: 2017

There are no affordable and sustainable housing communities in South Florida dedicated to serving this vulnerable population. In the State of Florida there are 472,644 individuals diagnosed with IDD; yet since 1987, only 5 housing communities, serving less than 500 individuals, have been developed in Florida. None are located in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties, the most populous counties in the state.

  • In Florida, 1 in 3 adults with IDD live with a family member over the age of 60.  Most will outlive their caregiver.

  • Existing affordable housing options for individuals with IDD are extremely limited and provide few opportunities for social engagement and enrichment.

  • No community of adequate scale currently exists in South Florida to support adults with IDD when their families can no longer provide the care they need.

*Braddock et al., Coleman Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, 2014.