He needed a home. We gave him the encouragement he needed to find the perfect place. #AdvocacyMatters

June 15, 2018 / #AdvocacyMatters

A young white man with short brown hair and a beard smiles at the camera with rain on his glasses

Peter needed a place to live. Although he was eligible for services from his county board of developmental disabilities, he'd been homeless and sleeping on couches with friends for about a year. His mother called DRO, hoping we could get to the bottom of why Peter still didn't have proper housing.

A DRO advocate talked to Peter about his options and encouraged him to work with the county board. His new Service and Support Administrator (SSA) from the county board scheduled a dinner at a home in the community where Peter would have the chance to meet his potential housemates. Peter felt very comfortable there, so the SSA set up an overnight stay for him. Our advocate checked in with him frequently to make sure the process kept moving forward. After the overnight visit went well, Peter decided to move into the home, which he says is beautiful. He's very happy to once again have a permanent residence.

Many people with disabilities want to live in the community, with the services and supports they need to be safe, happy and healthy. Find more information about community integration in our Self-Advocacy Resource Center.


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