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Webinar Materials: Meeting People Where They Are: Partnerships with Independent Living and Assistive Technology Programs to Address Homelessness and Housing Stability for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Webinar Materials:

Based on point-in-time counts conducted in January 2017, it is estimated that nearly a quarter of individuals experiencing homelessness were people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that over a million more households led by a person with a disability under age 62 are classified as having worst case housing needs — meaning they are either paying more than half of their income in rent, live in severely inadequate housing, or both — placing them at risk of homelessness. The number of Americans 65 and older experiencing homelessness is anticipated to grow from 40,000 today to 106,000 by 2030. Beyond securing housing that is affordable and adequate, many older adults and people with disabilities also need access to services and supports — including assistive technology (AT) — that meet their individual needs and preferences. 

This June 29, 2023 webinar highlights the benefits of partnerships between centers for independent living (CILs), statewide AT Act programs, and Continuum of Care (CoC) programs in the development and implementation of ongoing strategies to address homelessness. Designed and led by individuals with disabilities, the national network of CILs have the deep expertise and robust community networks to support and advance community living and independence for people with disabilities. State AT programs help people discover and use AT that helps them stay stably housed and engaged in the community.

Webinar participants:

  • Learned about resources and programs available to connect people to services and AT and how these programs can promote housing stability. 
  • Discovered how access to AT can help people remain in their homes and communities.
  • Identified ways in which partnerships between CoCs and the disability network can be developed, enhanced, and maintained.

This webinar is part of an HSRC series on partnerships between systems that can help older adults, people with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness access all available resources and ultimately secure stable housing in the community. Find recordings and materials from previous webinars and learn about the latest housing resources on the HSRC What’s New page.

Launched in partnership between the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development, the Housing and Services Resource Center fosters cross-sector partnerships between the organizations and systems that provide housing resources and homelessness services, health care and mental health services, independent living services, and other supportive services. The HSRC is part of an interagency initiative to streamline and expand access to affordable, accessible housing and the critical services that make community living possible.

Last modified on 08/04/2023

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