What is your opinion on the following the housing model?
Please view the attached document regarding a new model. Page 4 talks about Inclusion BC, page 9 gives a brief description of the project, and page 11 provides the architectural floor plans.
L'Arche Level 1 and Level 2 Homes (Group):
Noted in the floor plan are 2 Homes (Group) have* 8 bedrooms each and One Home (Group) has 6 homes. (SOME bedrooms are marked as 150 square feet). It appears the bathrooms are shared bathrooms. On level 1 there are a total of 14 bedrooms fully supported for individuals with disabilities. No one else.
This model is an innovative model and includes the vision of an affordable and inclusive community; families, seniors and individuals with varying abilities - with and without disabilities. The project is moving in the right direction to create an inclusive community. My concern is that the ratio of people with disabilities is high in the homes marked Homes - Group. It will be hard to diminish the social stigma that has occurred for decades for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It s good to see that new buildings are offering affordable housing options for people with disabilities but for me it would appear that the number of people with disabilities exceeds the number of typical people. Would like to see more options for independent living for those with intellectual disabilities rather than a group home setting.
I find this concept troubling. This appears to be a large group home inside affordable housing. I believe there are too many people living in a congregate setting. Do the individuals with a disability choose who their ‘roommates’ and helpers are? This looks like an institution to me. I would not want my loved one living in this institutionalized setting. I do not believe they would be able to express their wants and needs and their individualism.
Delta Housing Be Mine Society
The Delta Housing Be Mine Society is a non-profit society. The community of Delta is south of Vancouver in BC, Canada.
Mission Statement: Within the community of Delta, to create supportive, affordable and inclusive housing options for adults with varying abilities.
Vision: Inclusive homes that embrace diversity.