Supportive Housing for Adults with Physical Disabilities:
A Demonstration Project
The pilot project will design and build the first of its kind residence in Maine for adults with physical disabilities who wish to live independently.
Residents will be provided community based services to demonstrate that, as a result of supportive housing, frequent hospitalizations and emergency department visits can be substantially reduced.
Some 8% of Maine residents ages 18 to 64 live with a mobility disability that significantly impacts their activities of daily living.+
Whether due to chronic illness (e.g., multiple sclerosis or other neurological disease), traumatic injury (e.g., car accident) or other life altering occurrence (e.g., injury during military service), many of these individuals require stable housing and personal care/community based assistance in order to live independently.
+ Taken from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure is in line with the limited stock of housing that is available nationally to people with mobility limitations. “According to one estimate, fewer than 4% of housing units qualify as 'livable' for people who have moderate mobility problems, and even fewer are wheelchair accessible. These supply constraints amplify the affordability difficulties of . . . people with disabilities who are on fixed incomes.”
3i Housing of Maine is a non-profit organization working to create Independent community based living options for adults with disabilities through Innovative affordable housing and Integrated support services.
All people should move through
the world on their own terms.
3i HoME will develop a fully-accessible residential building conveniently located near transportation, employment, shopping and services. Our current plans are to provide apartments (studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units) that will be home to approximately 35 families, couples, or individuals, dealing with a physical disability. In addition to the private rental apartments, a common living area for social activities, designated work space for service providers, along with an extra studio apartment for overnight personal care attendants will be included.
The apartments will be designed for easy mobility with or without a wheelchair. Bathrooms, kitchens and all living areas will be barrier free and the entire building will be wired for adaptable environmental controls and smart home functionality.
View Our Vision
To the extent possible, the building will be modeled after a residence recently opened in Calgary, Alberta Canada. (see video below)