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A Guidebook on Consumer Controlled Housing


Description:

This guidebook for consumers and their families covers many areas of consumers controlling their own homes and living situations through ownership or rental. This guidebook was produced with input from consumers and families and addresses topics that go beyond the business aspects of housing. Although written with a focus on Minnesota, it topics have broad relevance. These topics include:
- why people should control their own homes
- making the right housing choices
- to own or rent
- lifestyle and housing planning
- housemate compatibility
- housing structures
- nonconventional approaches that support community
- financing
- choosing a rental home
- the Fair Housing Act
- getting agency support
- informal support
- home modifications and equipment
- guardianship vs. conservatorship
- financial planning for long-term security
- creative housing approaches in different places
- where to get help
- worksheets are provided for self-study of income and expenses, home accessibility, housing choice, home inspection, choosing a service provider, etc.

This guidebook was developed by Arc Minnesota and the University
of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living/Institute on Community Integration, with assistance from ReliaStar Financial Corp and Minnesota's HomeChoice program. Its authors view the guidebook as a way to help people think through the many personal, financial and programmatic considerations that go into housing decisions of people with developmental disabilities and their families. It is available in PDF and in hard copy. Its authors welcome its public use for training and dissemination with attribution appreciated.


Contact Info:
Name:Dennis Collins (or Charlie Lakin)
Title:HomeChoice Director
Organization:Arc Minnesota
Address:770 Transfer Road, Suite 26
St. Paul, MN 55114
  
Phone:651-523-0823 or 800-582-5256 (Lakin: 612-624-5005)
Fax:651-523-0829 (Lakin: 612-625-6619)
E-mail:arcmn111@yahoo.com
  
Cost:$15.00 from Arc Minnesota or ICI Publications (612-624-4512)

Web Links

http://rtc.umn.edu/docs/cch.pdf
View/download the Guidebook as a PDF file


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