Statewide Strategic Framework

In October 2017, LHA launched a year-long effort to produce a Statewide Strategic Framework
for the development of affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities. During this period, 
leaders in the field, including family advocates, service providers, housing developers, financial institutions,
policy-makers and legislators, engaged to construct a framework for moving forward in both tested and
innovative ways to address the need for affordable, supportive housing for this most vulnerable community. 

Draft version of document published during public comment period by SCDD can be downloaded here.



Three decades of research has found that people with developmental disabilities who move from institutional settings into the community are happier, healthier, have more control over their lives, and are better able to function independently. Moreover, 75% of adults with developmental disabilities in our state are currently living with aging parents who, in coming decades, will no longer be able to care for their adult children. However, market-rate housing conditions in California do not presently meet the demand of this population. 


Due to several market realities beyond the control of people with developmental disabilities, our state is in the midst of a severe shortage of affordable housing.  This unaffordability crisis can be attributed to factors such as limited income residents through SSI, stagnant wage growth, surging market rents, land-use policies that are prohibitive of affordable housing development, accelerated conversion of market rate rental units into “short-term” rentals, the state’s elimination of redevelopment agencies, steady reduction of federal public funding, and competition from other target communities for available public support.  

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This effort was funded by California’s State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), an agency that ensures people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the supports they need. The framework was facilitated in partnership with LHA by the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) a national nonprofit that advances housing solutions as a platform to serve vulnerable populations and create healthy communities.



Reflecting LHA’s statewide membership, the Strategic Framework includes the following:

  1. Data on existing and projected needs within diverse populations and current rate of housing development within the state

  2. Best practices and lessons learned from successful DD initiatives across the United States

  3. Currently available funding sources for capital, financing, rent subsidies and supportive services

  4. New funding models and innovative development or ownership strategies, recognizing that some options may not be currently eligible for federal support

  5. Innovative intervention strategies utilized with other vulnerable communities

  6. Strategic alignment of California’s developmental services and affordable housing systems

  7. Opportunities for continued engagement at local/state/federal levels.

Significant consideration was given to the need for sustainable capital financing and supportive services funding, the role of families and regional centers in providing supportive housing choices, innovative ownership and management models from around the state and country, and equal access to tax credit financing for supportive housing projects.

Research and Data Collection

Information was gathered by researching available data, conducting broad-based surveys, and scheduling one-on-one and group meetings.

LHA invited all stakeholders--consumer/tenants, parents/family members, advocates, service providers, developers, or financial institutions--to become part of this groundbreaking process, either as an observer or a participant. LHA is determined to create systemic change in the availability of independent living choices for people with developmental disabilities living in California.  We believe that, in partnership with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, this Strategic Framework will be the next step toward realizing that change. 


Survey on Housing Needs for People with (I/DD)

The below survey is still live and was created to gather data on the housing needs of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). If you are either a person with I/DD, a family member/friend of a person with I/DD, a service provider, a housing developer, an employee of the regional center system, or an employee of a developmental center, your insights are critical to our research. Please complete this short survey that should take no longer than 20 minutes to finish.

We ask that you forward this survey to any relevant stakeholders in California.

Lastly, if you are a service provider, service coordinator, or family member/friend of a person with I/DD, we encourage you to assist them as needed in completing this survey.  

Thank you. If you have any questions or need help, please email us at


Community Engagement

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CSH SUMMIT 2018, JUNE 6, 2018: LHA share how we work to ensure our state’s supportive housing pipeline includes homes that meet the unique needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This session’s discussion included a panel of industry leaders from throughout the country (including Illinois and Virginia) that shared their experiences and best practices as the sector begins to address the needs of this often overlooked segment of our community that historically has been relegated to living in licensed-group homes or state-run institutions as their primary option for housing.

Brilliant Corners Presentation     CSH Presentation     Chelsea Investments Presentation     The Kelsey Presentation    
Additional California and National Resources


Press Releases

SACRAMENTO, FEBRUARY 12, 2018: LHA Launches an Initiative to Increase Affordable Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities through a Statewide Strategic Framework

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