Certified Housing

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.

Please NOTE: Visitations to certified group home residents have been temporarily suspended per a mandate from New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in order to protect residents from the health risk posed by COVID-19.

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.

For more information, please contact Empower’s Community Housing division at (716) 297-0798, x134 or cseelbinder@empower-wny.org.