Venture Philanthropy in Housing for Adults with Autism and IDD

Venture Philanthropy in Housing for Adults with Autism and IDD

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about, and research into, an affordable financial model for an intentional community for adults with intellectual and development disabilities (“IDD”) predicated on financial self-sufficiency and minimizing reliance on Medicaid waiver funding or tax credits.  This new financial model would be the backbone of a live/work/play neighborhood community. The solution I seek, however, has very few examples of comparative models.

From my efforts to try to innovate a new financial model, two funding concepts jumped out at me that may bridge the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, and could be critical to a new community model’s success – Venture Philanthropy and Philanthropic Equity.  Let’s take a look at what that might mean for a nonprofit offered a million dollars.

Matthew's Dilemma

Matthew's Dilemma

Mathew is approaching 50, verbally fluent, charming, and quite witty. He is as independent as any other regular guy. But we quickly became aware of just how much support he needs and relies upon. And how isolated and lonely he is. Yes, he lives in a regular, typical, normal urban community, but in reality he is segregated from that community. It doesn’t welcome him.

Life in the Ark

Born of the Church, L’Arche sprang forth to give the world a new vision of people with intellectual disabilities. It woke the world up with the surprising news that these people not only have needs, they have gifts that the world both desperately needs and needs to recognize. Jean Vanier, who founded the international life-sharing community model, passed away May 7, 2019.

To Be or Not To Be (Cool that is)

No one in high school got more high-fives walking down the hall than Don, Jr., but he never once was invited to go out with the gang to a football game or to go have pizza. Not once, in four years. So the leaders at Ranch Camp at Down Home Ranch decided to graduate 40 camp counselors with a different worldview about people with special needs.

CMS ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE FOR HCBS FINAL SETTINGS RULE

New guidance issued on March 22, 2019 relieves some of the overly prescriptive requirements that unfairly targeted certain types of settings including private homes, and creates new opportunities for development of intentional housing and employment for adults with IDD. Point Rider is pleased to have been part of the effort, but serious concerns remain whether or not your setting plans to utilize HCBS waiver funding.