Empower operates 11 certified housing sites throughout Niagara County. These include Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs), as well as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for people who need more structure and support. There is usually a wait for admission to these homes, and beds are offered based on urgency of need.
Funding is through the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, so you must be eligible for OPWDD services to live in a certified home.
You may want to speak with a service coordinator to learn more about the certified housing process. If you do not have a service coordinator, you are welcome to contact Empower’s Service Coordination staff.