Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Shared Living


While there is no single definition of what shared living is, it is helpful to think of it as an approach rather than a “program.”    With shared living two or more people may come together and decide to share their housing and other aspects of their lives by living in the same quarters. There are several variations of shared living.  Most often shared housing is controlled by the people receiving supports (however, sometimes an agency or a family that the person chooses to live with may control the housing like in the OPWDD Family Care Program).  Many people who use OPWDD self-directed supports also choose a shared living arrangement for their housing.  See the following to learn more about shared living options: