As part of Virginia's commitment to ensure the full implementation of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead decision, the state has launched an intensive community engagement initiative to increase integrated community based housing with supportive services in the communities with the largest number of individuals impacted by the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement. The Commonwealth of Virginia is actively working to increase access and availability of integrated and independent housing options for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).
In January 2015, Virginia launched the Housing and Supportive Services (HSS) initiative in three regions (Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Richmond) to enhance the local housing infrastructure and develop systems that connect potential tenants with housing providers.
Promoting Housing and Supportive Services for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
Four regional community teams across Virginia are executing local action plans to increase the number of Virginians with ID/DD living in independent integrated community settings.
The Hampton Roads region is represented by the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
The Richmond region is represented by the cities of Petersburg and Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and New Kent.
The Northern Virginia region is represented by the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.
To find out more about each community's plan and to find ways you or your organization can support your communities efforts, click on the region of interest below:
For information specific to each participating regional team, please click on their respective names located on the top left menu of this page.
From June to October 2015, Virginia’s four regional HSS community teams participated in a 100-Day Challenge to increase the number of housing options for Virginians with ID/DD.
Each team set goals and worked together to form new partnerships in order to make significant progress toward achieving the goal of integrated community-based housing. Read More