Abstract of S.A. Goldman lecture


S.A. Goldman
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, USA

The primary goal under Disabilities Funding at the Harry and Jeanette
Weinberg Foundation is to create community housing of choice for
low-income people with Disabilities, people on Supplemental Security
Income (SSI). Choice means choosing one's own type of housing,
where to live, with whom to live, and whether to have roommates who
have or do not have a disability. The Foundation wishes to create new
housing of choice or to fund rental assistance via several strategies:
scattered-site, single-family dwellings (own or lease, own key, own
room, own bathroom, choice of roommate or not); multi-family high
rises, integrating the Israeli "villages," start-up funding such as
security deposits, training programs (tenant councils), employment as
property maintenance staff, retro-fitting and renovation, and dualcontrol
of services brought to the person's home. The Foundation is
looking for innovative practices to move the disabilities field away from
group homes ("hostels" in Israel).The Foundation reviews cost studies
to answer the question "Can it be cheaper or even the same cost for a
person with disabilities to live in his own home rather than living in a
group home with roommates not of one's own choosing?" Examples of
successful communities of choice will be given in the USA and Israel.

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