Housing Choices was born as an advocacy organization, mobilizing stakeholders to create new housing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the area served by San Andreas Regional Center. Our successes have been many, but the housing need greatly outpaces the supply of community housing that is truly affordable to and welcoming of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That is why, over two decades, housing advocacy has remained the leading edge of our work.
The planning and financing of affordable housing is quintessentially a local government activity, yet most local elected officials know little about their residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Local and regional leaders often assume--mistakenly-- that San Andreas Regional Center is responsible for housing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, when, in reality, the Regional Center funds supportive services and is prohibited from sharing in the cost of rental housing.
Housing Choices is committed to educating local elected officials, city and county housing staff, and housing developers about the opportunity to plan for and include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their local housing plans. We support and promote the voices of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and encourage them to become effective self-advocates. Along with our clients, their parents, and other members of the community, we frequently attend and testify at City Council and other relevant meetings with the goal of creating cities and neighborhoods which are inclusive of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.