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AUTISM HOUSING PATHWAYS INC

Building roads to home

Winchester, MA   |  http://autismhousingpathways.org/

Mission

Our mission is to enable Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities and their families to find or create sustainable, supported, self-directed housing that meets their needs and contributes to their quality of life. To achieve our mission, we pursue the following core goals: * Building the capacity of families to find or create housing solutions for their family members with disabilities; * Building the capacity of individuals to maintain tenancy; * Improving the professional development of direct support staff; * Conducting research on the housing needs and resources of the Massachusetts autism community; and * Building the capacity of the housing sector to meet the residential needs of individuals with autism.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Catherine Boyle

Main address

22 Willowdale Rd

Winchester, MA 01890 USA

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EIN

27-2264564

NTEE code info

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Autism (G84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Extrapolating from educational and incidence data, it is likely there are 75,000-100,000 people with autism in Massachusetts. Probably 80%-90% of adults with autism are not working, and are unlikely to be able to afford housing on their own. Only about 12% of people with autism will receive residential services from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities at age 22. About 3%-6% can live independently without supports; better education in daily living skills may improve this figure. Taken together, the implication of this information is that 80%-85% of adults will need affordable, supported housing beyond that currently provided by DDS. Given that some are already in affordable housing, unmet demand may lie anywhere from 15,000 to 55,000 adults in Massachusetts. Individuals and their families are largely on their own to find or create housing options, putting together an array of complex public funding streams with their own resources. Few know where to begin.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Staff training videos

Autism Housing Pathways is engaged in developing a series of training videos for direct support staff on 1) characteristics of autism, 2) sensory regulation, 3) behavioral reinforcement, 4) the use of visual supports. The budget reflects the cost over 10 years to produce all four videos; three have been completed.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

Thinking about housing is Housing 101 for families. Autism Housing Pathways offers this 2 hour presentation for a $150 honorarium to family support groups around the state. There is no charge for attendees to participate.

Written translations in 6 languages are available on our website.

Population(s) Served
Families

This is a five-part Zoom series (formerly a day long workshop) in which families are guided in working through a housing manual that will help them to determine what housing options might be appropriate for their family member. Topics include public funding streams, level of support needed, living skills development, assessment of personal resources, housing models, person-centered planning, and service providers. We host the workshop annually in each of four parts of the state. The cost is $100 per family; hardship scholarships are available.

Population(s) Served
Families

This presentation is aimed at housing professionals, including local housing authority staff. It provides basic information about how autism might present in a housing context, and how professionals can work with residents with autism to help them maintain their tenancy. It is our intent to continue to offer this 1-2 times a year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

"A Place of My Own" is a free, online course through Teachable that provides the background individuals need to find a place to live, live as independently as possible, maintain their home, and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant. It is aimed at those who can read at at least the 8th grade level. The course has been developed, and the budget reflects the annual cost of keeping it active.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Autism Housing Pathways hosts videos on its YouTube channel, AHPhousing, that walks individuals through activities of daily living critical to living independently. Currently nine videos are hosted, and we plan to develop more. We have leveraged volunteers and interns to create these; the first eight videos were developed as Eagle Scout service projects. The budget reflects the cost of staff to supervise the production of five videos.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

We provide individual housing counseling and/or assistance to complete housing applications to about 150 individuals per year. About 2/3 of those sessions are at no cost to those served. The budget reflects the cost of the free sessions.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

This presentation, housed on our companion website, www.18section8.org, is designed to walk families and individuals through the process of how to apply for the full range of affordable and subsidized housing available to adults with disabilities in Massachusetts. Companion materials allow one to develop a personalized list of where to apply and to track one's applications.

Written translations of the presentation and companion materials in 6 languages are available on our website.

Population(s) Served

This "taster" presentation gives families an overview of the housing process, providing a 5-10 year roadmap.

Written translations in 6 languages are available on our website.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers
Families
Parents
People with disabilities
Adults
Caregivers
Families
Parents
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Autism Housing Pathways has the following core goals:

Building the capacity of families to find or create housing solutions for their family members with disabilities;

Building the capacity of individuals to maintain tenancy;

Improving the professional development of direct support staff;

Conducting research on the housing needs and resources of the Massachusetts autism community;

Building the capacity of the housing sector to meet the residential needs of individuals with autism

Autism Housing Pathways introduces families to funding streams, housing application strategies, and housing models through a series of increasingly in-depth flyers, publications, presentations, and workshops. These include our Turning 18 checklist, a housing search and application grid, an infographic of housing models, multiple presentations, a 12-15 hour virtual workshop, individual housing counseling, and individual application assistance. We work with individuals without family involvement to complete housing applications, and also provide user-friendly resources to visualize living independently and to prompt them through independent living skills.

We create training materials to build the capacity of staff providing direct support to adults with autism in residential settings.

AHP provides training in housing options to professionals working with adults and their families, including service coordinators and medical professionals. We also train housing professionals about how to work with tenants with autism to maintain tenancy.

We engage in discussions on the state and municipal levels with officials about the effects of regulations on the ability to obtain housing, and how adjusting the regulatory environment can improve access and create new housing options.

Our leadership is intimately acquainted with the challenges we attempt to address, as all are either family members of people with autism or are autistic themselves (40% of our board falls into the latter category). Our president has a decade of experience as a commissioner of a local housing authority, and over 60 hours of training in housing counseling from HUD-certified intermediary organizations. She is also trained and experienced in person-centered planning. Two of our officers and one of our directors have created out-of-the-box housing solutions for their family member.

Annually we reach about:
- 500 participants for our two hour presentations;
- 50-60 participants in our five-part virtual workshop;
- 100 participants in individualized housing counseling;
- 50 participants in housing application assistance.

Well over 100 medical, human services, and housing professionals have been trained.

We have a track record of getting individuals out of homelessness who have no fault loss of housing.

In large part due to our educational efforts, families can now access zero interest, deferred payment loans of up to $50,000 from the state for the purposes of adding on an accessory dwelling unit.

Looking ahead, Autism Housing Pathways plans to increase our outreach to those who have a primary language other than English. We will continue to increase the number of videos for adults included in our Life Skills Library. Our advocacy efforts will focus on helping officials to understand the implications of zoning issues for housing creation, the potential impact of implementing autism-friendly design guidelines in state-funded housing, and increasing the range of housing models available for individuals across the range of support needs.

Financials

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AUTISM HOUSING PATHWAYS INC

Board of directors
as of 08/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Fran Stanley

Fran Stanley

Teresa Anderson

Gyasi Burks-Abbott

Alicia Hintlian

Varick Enterprises

Charlotte Nunez

Bank of America

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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