Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Housing Initiatives

Housing Initiative

There’s more than one option when it comes to community living. OPWDD is here to assist you to live in the home of your choice and fully participate in the community.  Here are some of the options that may be available to you.

  • OPWDD’s Multi-Family Integrated Supportive Housing Program (ISH): OPWDD partners with the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) to fund units in affordable, multi-family housing projects that give tenant preference to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the program we are increasing housing options to better meet the unique needs and preferences of each person we support.  Learn more about OPWDD’s ISH Program
  • The Home of Your Own (HOYO) Program:   Many people dream about having their own place. OPWDD’s HOYO Program is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Program that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents and legal guardians, and the intellectual and developmental disability workforce to make informed choices about which housing opportunities are right for them. It also informs applicants about available resources and alternatives; helps them create a plan to achieve their housing goals; and helps them resolve credit issues and create sustainable household budgets.   The types of housing counseling offered include: 
    • Homeownership Pre-Purchase Counseling; 
    • Post-purchase Counseling; 
    • Rental Counseling; and, 
    • Financial Management/Budget counseling and Credit review and repair.  

Group educational classes are also offered periodically.  Learn more about the HOYO program.