Living in the Community
TCRC believes that people with developmental disabilities should be able to participate in family life and in the community where they live. A high priority is placed on supporting children living with their families and an equally high priority for adults living as independently as possible in their communities. Persons served by the regional center who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income use this income or Medi-Cal benefits to pay in part for residential services. Parents whose children are in residential programs will be charged a parental fee by the Department of Developmental Services. This fee is on a sliding scale.
People may choose to remain living with their families after becoming adults. They may also wish to live independently from family in their own home or in a licensed residential home. If the young adult chooses to live in his or her own apartment, an application for subsidized housing may be appropriate. There is a long waiting list for Section 8 and other subsidized housing options, so an application should be made well in advance. If you are considering a residential facility, your Service Coordinator can help arrange visits to licensed residential homes in your community. The goal for all residential services is to maintain the highest level of independence possible while offering the person a safe place to live.
All living arrangements are expected to provide an atmosphere that respects personal preferences, values and beliefs.
Family Home Agencies provide home-like settings to non-related adults.
Licensed by the State Department of Social Services, Foster Home Agencies train and certify foster families.
Independent Living Services (ILS) may be an option for an adult who wishes to live independently, yet needs some support
For adults who wish to live independently, Supported Living Services may be an option.
Licensed residential homes are located in community settings and can be an option for either adults or children.