Date: Wednesday, Oct 14

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT

Venue: Zoom link will be provided through registration system prior to event

Moderator:

Angela Hult, President, Kuni Foundation

Presenter:

Joe Wykowski, Executive Director, Community Vision
Madeline Baron, Project Manager, ECONorthwest

Description:
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, housing for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities is absent from afforable housing discussions, creating a tremendous equity gap. New data suggests more than 24,000 individuals who experience I/DD in our region are housing unstable. A study conducted by ECONorthwest to be released September 2020 indicates that data used to estimate the number of individuals experiencing I/DD is more than 25 years old and significantly under-estimated. This data informs housing and service reimbursement rates, funding and policy decisions. The need for affordable, person-focused housing solutions for individuals who experience I/DD is woefully inadequate. The goal of this session is to highlight housing inequities perpetuated through poor data, how greater navigation and collaboration can yield housing solutions, highlight several innovative models and shine a light on what is possible in terms of self-sufficiency and independence for the I/DD community.