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By Julie Alexander, Independent Living Services Coordinator
On March 16, the Long Term Care Advocacy Team presented our latest Brown Bag Lunch Educational Event, “Housing Options for All.” We had a panel of speakers who talked about different housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and we ended the event with a trivia contest. The panel included Deborah Rosenthal-Zemel from Stowell Associates, Eloisa Balderas from Housing Resources, Inc. and Jim Tarantino and Cathy Rathmann from Capri Senior Communities.

Participants at long term care session
Participants heard from the panel before a trivia contest.

To start, Deborah Rosenthal-Zemel spent some time laying out the different types of housing that are available for individuals with disabilities. She talked about issues and items that consumers need to consider when they are seeking housing, for example, parts of the city they want to live in, what kind of housing situation they would like, roommate/no roommate, etc. She also focused on the continuum of care, discussing the different types of assisted living that are available. A wonderful program that IndependenceFirst offers to provide assistance to people within the community is our Personal Assistance Services program.
Then, Jim Tarantino and Cathy Rathmann talked about rental housing issues. They talked about senior housing at Capri Communities. Cathy also talked about getting into subsidized and tax-credit housing, and different pieces of information that consumers need to be aware of when they are looking for this type of housing. They also briefly talked about waiting lists and keeping track of your housing search information.
Eloisa Balderas ended our panel discussion by talking about home ownership opportunities and all of the items and issues that need to be considered. She had a PowerPoint that talked about “12 Steps to Get a Home of Your Own.” She also talked a lot about alternative credit, which some individuals need if they have not established a credit history.
The event ended with a trivia contest that focused on long term care and housing.
There were 40 people that attended this event and all seemed to find the session interesting and valuable. We also distributed some housing information for people interested in finding rental housing.

Another event related to housing is coming up on May 21. IndependenceFirst is collaborating with United Community Center (UCC) and BMO Harris Bank to reach interested homebuyers with a member with a disability in the household. UCC and BMO Harris have homebuyer downpayment and closing cost assistance available for interested and qualified households with a member with a disability. They are offering an informational seminar at IndependenceFirst to educate potential homebuyers on the mortgage process and what financial assistance is available.

For more information, please call 414-291-7520 V/Relay. 

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