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Volume 41 | Issue 3 | Fall 2015

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Volume 41 | Issue 3 | Fall 2015 | A Place Called Home

This issue addresses the many ways we envision housing to be necessary as a part of living in community. Housing when approached thoughtfully can add to everyone’s well-being by providing a comfortable place to call home.

By focusing positive creative energy in terms of developing housing and reaching out and making connections with the community, we help people create and find opportunities for life – improving community housing resources. Good housing is paramount to everyone’s success in society. Feeling safe, being in control of where we live, and – most important – one’s sense of community and belonging to live in a viable connected neighborhood are goals we all desire. Creating more individual housing opportunities is one of the areas that requires close attention if we are to continue assisting individuals to have a truly self-determined life.

While housing is only one piece of community life that sustains us, it is imperative that we all feel that where we live is a place called home!

It is important to emphasize that most community resources for individual housing are already available within our communities and are not tied in any way to disability. This is the great discovery we share: the housing field, once discovered in your local community, is full of opportunities for renting a home, homeownership, and asset-building programs that assist people to move beyond a life of financial poverty.

Within the general housing community, we have found open arms and enormous support, encouragement, and expertise. Housing professionals – who for the most part are neither grounded in, nor coming from the field of social services –understand and have embraced the concept of individual housing opportunities for people with disabilities. They realize that everyone, for the most part, desires to live in their own home, and that building an asset is crucial to attaining both financial and personal well-being. We must continue to capitalize on our local community connections and opportunities and reach out to others if we want to see housing as a neighborhood and a place one can call home.

The following articles represent a broad array of individual stories and efforts being under taken to create a world where individualized housing is a reality. No one should be forced to buy into a program; housing should represent someone’s home, a sense of place and not a program. Historically, we have unfortunately tried to fit individuals into a housing program instead of building and connecting to vibrant communities that are diverse both culturally and economically. We must continue to connect each other to neighborhoods and resist the attempts from others to build housing only based on disability.

 

Contents

  • Introduction, by Lyle Romer and Joe Wykowski
  • A Vision and Commitment to Help Everyone Who Needs Housing, by Mike Mast
  • Homes, Not Housing: A Vision from the Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative, LLC, by Alicia DeLashmutt
  • What Matters Most: Toward a Future of Flourishing, Keynote speech given by Erik W. Carter
  • Cal-TASH State Capitol Legislative Day: Leading the Way!