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 provides information and referrals to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (and those who support them such as service coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and circle of support members) to make informed choices about which housing opportunities are right for them.
  • HOYO Homeownership Program: Through a partnership with the State of New York Mortgage Agency and M & T Bank, the HOYO Homeownership Program offers a low-interest loan to eligible first time homebuyers (  who qualify for a mortgage to buy a home. This assistance may also include a downpayment assistance loan. In addition, the HOYO Homeownership Program provides specialized training and technical assistance, upon request, to various stakeholders.
    Learn more about the HOYO program.
  •  The New York Housing Resource Center (HRC) for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities was developed by NYSACRA with funds received through the Balancing Incentive Program grant (BIP). The HRC acts as a clearinghouse for information and resources for the housing professionals across the state and will help to foster collaboration between and among the housing industry and related professions, service provider agencies and people with I/DD. The HRC will provide all housing stakeholders with technical assistance on housing matters and community training for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.