Many housing options are available through Empower, based on what an individual wants and needs in a community: nearby places to shop and eat, to his or her doctors, and to friends and a larger circle of support.
Housing options may range from continuing to live with family, to enjoying the independence of living alone, to owning a home.
Whether with friends, family, or on their own, Empower can help identify the best housing support to allow an individual to achieve greater independence.
Community Habilitation teaches individuals the skills to live independently, such as grocery shopping or balancing a checkbook.
In-home respite gives parents and other care-givers of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities time for themselves.
If you or a family member has a housing need, staff will help determine what type of housing is the best option, and will work with your Service Coordinator to put the supports in place.
Empower also provides certified sites such as Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) and Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for people who need more structure and support in their lives. There is usually a wait for admission to these homes, and beds are offered based on urgency of need.
Whatever the level of support, our goal is to empower you to live your best life.
Contact Empower’s Community Housing Division at 716.297.0798, x134 for more information.
When I was 26, I moved out of my parents’ house into my own supportive apartment. Since then, I’ve lived in a nursing home, a group home, in apartments by myself, and with a roommate.
I now enjoy my own apartment in downtown Niagara Falls. I like to go out, and often ride my bike and hover-round around the city. I live on a bus route, so I can get around the city, get to my job at Burger King, do my own shopping, and go out without having to rely on others.
–Allen has lived in several of Empower’s housing options, and now enjoys the independence that comes with living in his own apartment in Niagara Falls