What distinguishes Ability Housing is that our focus is creating lasting solutions. We help others exit homelessness, rather than manage it; enable adults with disabilities to live independently, as full and inclusive members of the community; and are dedicated to supporting comprehensive community solutions to complex challenges, addressing root causes rather than symptoms.
CASA, an award-winning housing program targeted to adults with a disability, consists of 29 homes scattered throughout the community. CASA provides quality, affordable housing targeted to adults with cognitive disabilities. It positively impacts each resident along with saving the community money. According to the Agency for Persons With Disabilities, personal outcomes are 50% better when support services are provided in the community, in a home of one’s own, rather than when provided in a nursing home or other facility.
If each of the residents who live in a CASA home were to be housed in a group home, it would have cost the state of Florida approximately $5 million more in Medicaid expenditures each year.
Adults with disabilities also live at Ability Housing apartment communities. For Cindy, coming to Mayfair Village to live was like coming home. She had worked as a property manager for the complex when it was under previous ownership. A grandmother of two girls, she became disabled several years ago and found herself homeless seeking treatment at Gateway.
“Mayfair Village is my saving grace. I’m on disability and I can’t afford anything else. I have the perfect apartment here. It’s quiet with a view of the trees. I’m very happy here.”