We believe in the best practice elements of independent housing, a philosophy that calls for permanent, affordable housing for individuals with disabilities in communities of their choice.
Independent housing advocates that everyone is entitled to a safe, decent place to live and should receive the services unique to their needs that will help them to live as independently and as self-sufficient as possible. Housing should promote the development of relationships among individuals with and without disabilities.
WE BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A SEPARATION BETWEEN THE PROVISION OF HOUSING SUPPORTS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.
We aim to serve in three ways when it comes to our purpose in supporting independent living opportunities for Warriors. We will devote ourselves to being a reliable source of information. We will devote ourselves to being a reliable and responsive provider of support services. We will be active as an advocate for preservation and development of independent living opportunities.
Independent housing operates in a variety of settings, in different constellations and may include apartments, houses, townhouses, condominiums, shared housing as well as home ownership. We intend to be prepared to provide support for Warriors and their families in any and all settings where they wish to live.
Live in a family home or independently as an adult. Static amount of support per month. Array of services available. Array of supplemental supports may be wrapped around an individual.
Choose from CILA models available. Assessment determines rates to support expenses. Limited amount of additional day services may supplement.
The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) also provides funding for services to support individuals with developmental disabilities. Vocational, independent living, and home services programs are among the services funded by DRS. Click here for further information on DRS and the services they provide, pleas
See to the right for a summary of the various CILA models available under the funding structure supported by the State of Illinois’ Department of Human Services – Division of Developmental Disabilities.
A group home in the community housing up to 8 individuals, staffed by workers working in 8-hour shifts.
A 24-hour CILA in which two individuals live with a caregiver. Only a few agencies provide Host Family.
An individual lives with his/her family. Family members are the primary caregivers, and the individual typically receives 15 hours per week of in-home services from a provider agency (or more if needed).
Individuals live on their own or with roommates and receive 15 hours per week of in-home services from a provider (or more if need documented).
Two types supported by state funding. All persons in CILA are automatically entitled to Community Day Services. Supported employment support is available for some, based on assessment.
Individuals attend a program approximately five hours per day, five days per week, and receive assistance in obtaining skills for independent living or perform work tasks in a workshop.
Individuals work in community with aid from a job coach. Available to individuals with higher capacity.
These arrangements will take planning and partnership to develop a Warrior-centered plan that is achievable and sustainable. As a key phase of our mission, Opportunity Knocks strives to be in a position to collaborate with Warriors and their supporters in developing these housing opportunities.
CLICK HERE for information about waiver programs and services. CLICK HERE for information on how to apply for Medicaid.
You may be eligible to receive SSI monthly payments even if you are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or retirement benefits. CLICK HERE for more information and application.
Supportive Housing is not intended for every population that needs access to affordable housing. The threshold of need for supportive housing is higher than the simple need for affordable housing. Supportive Housing is affordable rental housing for people with:
Mainstream vouchers assist non-elderly persons with disabilities. Aside from serving a special population, Mainstream vouchers are administered using the same rules as other housing choice vouchers.
Individuals obtain vouchers that are used to pay their rent (tenant-based rental assistance) while other vouchers are attached to the apartment unit (called project-based vouchers).
A portion of the units within an affordable housing development are set-aside to receive this type of assistance. The tenant receives the benefit of the assistance while they live in the unit but if they choose to leave the property, the rental assistance stays with the unit. CLICK HEREto view and download the full PDF.