To help you determine what approach may be helpful for your situation, the stories below are organized into a variety of categories based on the approach used when creating the particular housing arrangement. You can look for a housing solution that fits most closely to what you want to create, and then read that story for ideas.
Family as landlord:
- A family member purchases a house or condominium for their loved one with a disability to rent. The person with a disability applies for a Section 8 voucher and once is eligible, uses it to subsidize the rent. This approach is found in Gary: It’s all in the family; Sheri: Change is Constant; Emily, Carolyn and Allison: Realizing Dreams; Jared and Dan: Goals Get You Where You Want to Be; and Katie: a Life of Freedom and Self Discovery.
- Parent creates a mother-in-law apartment. This approach is found in:Katie: A Life of Freedom and Self Discovery.
Renting Homes or Apartments at Market Rate:
- Roommates living together in a shared apartment or house each with their own Section 8 voucher and personal care supports. This approach is found in: Zack, Bergen, and Trent; and Sally, June, and Linda: Friends for Life.
- Living in an apartment with a family member as the care provider. This approach is found in: Nichole: A Father and Daughter United in Life.
Owning Your Own Home
- Buying a home or condominium using a variety of funding programs. This approach is found in: Brenda and Deandre: Family, Friends and Neighborhood Connections; and Matt and Liz: A Life Together as Proud Home Owners.
Intentional Community Housing – Renting from a Nonprofit Organization
- Roommates living in a cohousing intentional community using Section 8 to rent a condominium owned by a non-profit housing organization. This approach is found in: Matt, Nate, and Patrick: Cohousing – Living as a Community.
- Roommates living in a home owned by a nonprofit and licensed as an Adult Family Home. This approach is found in: Tim: It Takes a Community to Build a Home.
Living in Non-Profit Owned Affordable Housing
- Living with a family member in a recently built King County Housing Authority subsidized apartment complex. This approach is found in: Alexa: Three Generations Together.
- Living in a non-profit housing provider-owned building, subsidized with a variety of public funding including KCDDD’s HIPDD fund and a Section 8 voucher. This approach is found in: Jason: Everything Falls into Place.