Mission: A Home in Community helps people with disabilities fulfill their dream of living in communities where they benefit from daily connections with others, while having opportunities to support and give back to the community where they live.
Results: We have purchased a unit at CoHo Ecovillage in Corvallis, Oregon which is fully accessible. We maintain it as a permanently affordable rental unit for low-income individuals with physical disabilities. We are also in the process of updating our website to make additional information available to other cohousing communities acorss the country.
Programs: We partner with cohousing communities across the country to create affordable rental opportunities for low-income adults with disabilities. We also educate intentional communities about the benefits to themselves and others of building their communities so that they are fully accessible and visitable.
AHIC is an incredibly efficient non-profit organization, whose purpose is to make it possible for people with disabilities to live affordably in cohousing, which not only enriches their lives but also the lives of those around them. I love having Mike as part of our community, not only for my sake but for that of my kids, who have grown up knowing him (my daughter, as a toddler, would see wheelchair symbols in parking lots and on buses and exclaim, "There's a Mike!"). It takes away the stigma around folks with disabilities in a more real way than words ever could.
My friend Mike is able to live in our community thanks to AHIC's "A Home for Mike" project. Even better, my young kids grow up with him as a positive role model, showing how someone confined to a wheelchair (Mike has ALS) can still be a vibrant contributor to a neighborhood.
A Home in Community's vision of diversity in cohousing is lived out in CoHo Cohousing in Corvallis, OR. Real people meeting real needs, making it possible for this community to include a neighbor who could never do it on his own. Yea, AHIC! My life is better because of your efforts.
As a resident of CoHo Ecovillage, I'm fortunate to have Mike (the current resident of the A.H.I.C. home) as my neighbor. It's great to be Mike's friend and neighbor (the only downside has been when I accidentally hit the controls to his power chair, causing it to run over my foot.....!) Here at CoHo we strive to be as diverse and inclusive as possible, and the AHIC home makes it possible for an adult with disabilities to have their own home in CoHo.
A ground based effort to provide a home for a disabled person who could not afford to live in an intentional community (CoHo cohousing) in Corvallis, OR. The best part is having a relationship with a wonderful individual (Mike) who gives back more than we give to have him here.