Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Housing Initiatives

Housing Initiative

Welcome to the Home of Your Own (HOYO) Program

A HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Program

"A program that assists individuals with developmental disabilities, their income-eligible families, and Direct Support Professionals find a home of their choice."

Home is truly where the heart is and, since 1996 OPWDD’s Office of Home and Community Living and its network of partners have been assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve the ultimate expression of independence, control and self-direction through its Home of Your Own (HOYO) program. The HOYO program was initially about homeownership but was later expanded to include all types of non-certified independent residential opportunities. In 2007, the HOYO program increased opportunities by including income-eligible parents or legal guardians of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and, in 2008 opened its doors to direct support professionals in the OPWDD workforce.

In 2005, the Office of Home and Community Living was approved by HUD as a Housing Counseling Program that offers a variety of counseling sessions, educational workshops, projects, and programs that assist people with living independently in the home and community of their choice within typical constraints experienced by the general population. The home one lives in, the neighborhood, nearby amenities, and the proximity to needed services all play a key role in an individual’s overall quality of life.

The housing office is staffed by a combination of state workforce and individuals with developmental and other types of disabilities. Use the links to the left or give us a call (518) 473-1973 and/or e-mail us at housing.initiatives@OPWDD.ny.gov and learn more about independent housing opportunities at OPWDD. We look forward to hearing from you.