Give the Gift of Independence!

With your help, our neighbors with disabilities can live independently in a home they can call their own.

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With your help, our neighbors with disabilities can live independently in a home they can call their own.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can successfully live independently in the community with the right supports. These supports can help our neighbors with disabilities overcome challenges and achieve the independence they have long dreamed about.

People with disabilities face three main challenges in securing a safe and stable home in the community. First, people with disabilities often rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as their only source of income. At $771 per month, SSI provides a safety net. However, people living on SSI find it challenging to find a home that they can afford. Since housing is considered affordable when the resident pays no more than 30% of their gross income for their housing costs, someone on SSI can afford $231 per month. When was the last time you saw a rental home advertised for $231 in Collier County?

The second main challenge is in securing support services. Supported living services can help adults with disabilities develop independent living skills such as budgeting, paying bills, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and caring for their home. Unfortunately, in Florida, we have a large waiting list for people who are eligible for these services. Even for those who are approved for immediate service delivery, the low pay rate for direct care workers in the industry has created a shortage of workers. Therefore, people with disabilities may experience significant delays in getting their services in place.

The third challenge is in finding a home that is fully accessible, especially for people who use wheelchairs or have other physical limitations. Barrier free entrances, specially designed appliances, lower counter tops, roll-in showers, and grab bars are just some of the features that can help someone with physical disabilities be independent in their own home.

To meet these challenges, ROOF has begun to create supported living homes in communities in different areas of Florida, including Collier County. Homes created by ROOF are rented to individuals with developmental disabilities, and rents are affordable even for residents who rely on SSI. ROOF provides service coordination so that residents will have the services they need to be successful in their new home. ROOF's homes are designed to be barrier free so that they will be accessible to residents and visitors alike.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS WITH DISABILITIES ACHIEVE INDEPENDENCE!

ROOF is currently raising funds for the next home in Collier County. Most of the funding for the home has been secured through a grant. However, $30,000 is needed to complete the project. With your help, the house we create will become home to three adults with developmental disabilities.

Please give generously and help our neighbors with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams to be independent and have a home of their own!

Thank you!

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