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Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

The Front Door strives to:

  • Improve the way people learn about OPWDD and available service options

  • Better connect individual needs to available services

  • Give people as many opportunities as possible for self-direction

https://opwdd.ny.gov/welcome-front-door/home

OPWDD Transformation Panel Report: 
OPWDD spent much of 2015 initiating significant public outreach, data collection and analysis to help address concerns and better plan for a sustainable future. 
https://opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_about/commissioners_page/reports_to_legislature/reports_to_legislature

OPWDD Residential Request List: 
The attached report provides a review of OPWDD’s Residential Request List and corresponding recommendations to improve residential alternatives and address housing needs of individuals, consistent with transformational goals as required by Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2015. 
https://opwdd.ny.gov/opwdd_about/commissioners_page/residential_request_list

New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA): 
In 2015 NYSACRA received a grant from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) which included funding to increase housing options for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in New York State. Click here to view report. 

Westchester Institute for Human Development (W.I.H.D)

The Guide begins with an overview of housing options in the state and how those have been shaped. We then set out paths and options that may be available to an individual and their family. The Guide also lists the “system based” resources that will affect an individual’s housing options. These refer to governmental subsidies and incentives to home builders that will lead to the creation of more housing stock. The guide describes the housing options in the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) certified system and other state systems. http://www.wihd.org/wp-content/uploads/1970/01/WIHD-Housing-Resource-Guide-UCEDD_revised-020416.pdf

Resources:

National Low Income Housing Coalition: http://nlihc.org/oor

New York State Division of Human Rights: 'Protecting and Furthering Equality in New York State'

Basic guide to NYS human rights law

NYS Division of Human Rights Fair Housing Guide  

NYS Housing Rights for Persons With Disabilities

NYS Human Rights Law Complaint Form

NYS Coalitions

Your Money, Your Goals - Focus on People with Disabilities: A Companion Guide to Empower the Disability Community

Positive Financial Behaviors Data Tracker - Level 1

Positive Financial Behaviors Data Tracker - Level 2

Websites:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
www.consumerfinance.gov

Money Smart Website:
https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/adult.html

Better Money Habits Website: Excellent Online Money Management Skill Building Tools
https://bettermoneyhabits.bankofamerica.com/en

New York State Developmental Disabilities Council:
http://ddpc.ny.gov/

Technical Assistance Collaboration:
http://www.tacinc.org/

Bipartisan Housing Policy
http://bipartisanpolicy.org/topics/housing/

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority 
https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/

NYS Attorney General: Homeowner Protection Program “HOPP”
www.aghomehelp.com

Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968:
https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights

Americans with Disabilities Act:
https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada