Considering Housing Options

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Housing Options

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Here is a very small sample of resources to get you started.

There are many programs that may be able help you with living expenses. Be sure to learn about what help you can expect before you turn 18. Ask for assistance to apply for all services and programs you might be eligible for as an adult. Be sure to start early if you need to obtain accessible on-campus housing.

SSI & Medicaid Waivers

If you are eligible to receive SSI as an adult, it is expected that you will use the SSI funds to pay for your living expenses. Adults who are on a Medicaid waiver may have some of their living expenses paid by the waiver. Talk to your support coordinator about what will happen when you turn 18.

Supported Housing and Supported Living

If you are not ready to live on your own, and don’t have a friend or family to help you, you may want to obtain supported housing or supported living. Supported housing and supported living means that people will help you make sure things are running smoothly in your home and that you have the things you need. You will still be responsible for taking care of your home. There are many different organizations that provide supported housing and supported living. Most communities have supported housing for adults with disabilities.

Some resources include:

Getting Your Own Place

Being on your own is exciting and challenging. It’s also a lot of hard work. As you plan, ask yourself if you’re truly ready to shop, cook, clean and deal with repairs, bills, laundry and landlords.

If the answer is no, talk to your family, caseworker or transition team about the independent living skills you need to learn and any other options available to you.

If the Answer is Yes, it’s Time to Develop a Plan:

  • Who will help you in an emergency?
  • Will your apartment need accommodations?
  • Who will handle your Social Security and health benefits?
  • Can you really afford to live on your own?
  • Do you need to open a checking account?
  • Do you know how to cook, clean, do laundry, pay bills?
  • How will you get to work, school, the bank, the grocery store?
  • Which family members and friends will be part of your support system?
  • How will you keep in touch with your family and friends?


  • Being on your own gets everyone down at times.
  • Having a network of people you love and trust will smooth your path.