Common Types of Housing and Supports
Sometimes people ask us about the types of “housing models” available for adults on the autism spectrum. We prefer the term “housing and supports options” because there are so many different ways that housing and supports can come together. It is helpful to understand some of the common housing terms and options available in Alberta, but it is also important to know that there are also many variations.
Ideally, housing and supports options come together based on the unique needs of each person, the type and amount of support they require, the availability of specific types of housing, and the persons’ financial resources. You may have a model in mind, but not all models or options are easy to find, may not be available in certain areas of the province, or if they are they may have a waiting list.
Housing and supports options may look different in various settings depending on:
- The number of autistic adults living together (one individual or several)
- The type of structure (detached home, condominium, apartment, townhome)
- The location of the home (urban, suburban, rural)
- The ownership structure of the home (rented, sole ownership, shared ownership)
- The sources of income available (government income support, government disability supports funding, private/family funding)
- Formal and/or natural supports available (paid and unpaid)
Housing and Supports options will typically fall into one of the following four categories:
- Group Home
- Supported Independent Living
- Community Living Supports
- Home Sharing
Click here or on the image below to view/download full descriptions of the four categories.