The demand for affordable housing options for adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County is rapidly growing. The HCAS Housing Committee has spent more than two years researching supportive housing models from across the country that could be adapted to address this pressing need. This process led HCAS to identify the intentional, intergenerational community model as an approach that could bring inclusive, affordable housing to Howard County. The model has been used successfully to support child welfare-involved populations in award-winning communities such as Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, where it’s demonstrated effectiveness in increasing housing stability and reducing social isolation.
For an update on our current efforts, check out this article in the latest issue of The Business Monthly titled “Innovation and Inclusivity Driving New Housing Initiative in Howard County.”
Envision Fund Grant Supports Housing Initiative (April 2018)
HCAS is working with partners to help launch an innovative, inclusive solution to the housing crisis facing adults with autism in Howard County: intergenerational housing for people of all ages, abilities and incomes. We’re excited to announce generous new support for planning of this initiative. The Envision Fund of Catonsville Presbyterian Church has made a grant of $17,500 to support planning activities, including market research and financial feasibility analysis, that will move this effort forward. Envision Fund grants are intended as seed money to incubate new projects or programs, which makes it a perfect match for this stage of the housing initiative. We’re grateful to be among seven 2018 Envision Fund grantees that will receive a total of $140,000 in support for important local and international causes. Thank you Catonsville Presbyterian!
Weinberg Foundation is Newest Supporter of Catalyst Campaign
HCAS is now joining with community partners to support adaptation of this innovative model for adults with autism and other disabilities, older adults, and families. We have launched a Catalyst Campaign to secure the resources, assemble the expertise and begin forging the critical alliances needed to advance this concept. Click here to download a brochure about the initiative and the Catalyst Campaign. Funds raised through the Campaign will be used to support key planning activities, including identification of a development partner, market research, and development of operational program guidelines.
We’re grateful for the support of early backers of the Campaign such as the PNC Foundation, Harkins Builders and the Health Alliance. We’re also proud to announce the newest supporter of this effort, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which is making a $25,000 grant to support our planning efforts. The Weinberg Foundation is one of the nation’s leading grantmakers for vulnerable populations with a particular commitment to older adults and disabled adults. We are honored to have earned their early support for this concept.
Be a Catalyst
Funds raised through the Campaign will be used to support our current planning and development efforts that will ensure this concept advances. The Community Foundation of Howard County has established a donor fund to receive and expend Catalyst Campaign funds. Please click here to donate and support this effort.
If you have any questions about the housing initiative or the Catalyst Campaign, we’d love to speak with you. Please reach us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (410/290-3466).
Housing Initiative Named Changemaker Challenge Finalist
The Housing Initiative was pleased to be selected as a finalist for the Changemaker Challenge competition. Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland, the Challenge was designed to support innovative ideas to address some of the most pressing social challenges facing Howard County. We were honored to be among the exciting projects and committed social innovators selected for this recognition.
Housing Initiative in the Baltimore Sun and Howard County Times
We were the subject of an October 5 article in the Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times. Read about us online in The Baltimore Sun.
Community Foundation Annual Dinner Highlights Housing Initiative
More than 400 area leaders and philanthropists were in attendance on November 16 when the housing initiative was highlighted at the Community Foundation of Howard County’s Annual Dinner: A Celebration of Philanthropy. Project Director Mark Dunham shared the vision for the initiative following the showing of our short video, Stronger Together. Thank you to the Community Foundation for this extraordinary opportunity to tell our story to this important audience. You can watch Stronger Together, here.