Affordable Housing for people with Disabilities

by Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc
Affordable Housing for people with Disabilities
Affordable Housing for people with Disabilities
Affordable Housing for people with Disabilities
Affordable Housing for people with Disabilities

It's October and the price of "affordable housing" continues to rise. The average person who is disabled makes between $794-$1400  per month on SSDI & SS  and the average rent starts at $1200 per month for a 1 bedroom apartment, so you can understand why it is so important to continue to build and rehabilitate housing for Seniors and disabled individuals as most of these individuals are becoming homeless and or are homeless.

All of our available affordable rental units are full with seniors and disabled individuals and the need has increased 2-fold for affordable rental units. We will start building another SRO (Single Room Occupancy Dwelling) home this month, but in the meantime let's measure what we have done so far with our donations. Your continued support is used to insure that the individuals we house have safe affordable housing. The last house we finished earlier this year we have housed 4 disabled individuals but in addition they have been connected with services such as in-home care givers, food and medical care which was not available to them when they were living on the street. What we do saves lives and your support helps us take the most vulnerable individuals and give them a second chance at life. Thank you so much for helping us help them to make a difference!


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So the house is finished and we are getting ready to start building another house, but we did not think of were the little things that can help severely disabled clients in the homes that were already built. We live in a Hurricane area of the United States and if the power goes down the clients that we have housed can be left without power for days and even weeks. This quarter we invested in a generator that is built in and will turn on as soon as the power goes off because these clients will not be able to seek shelter anywhere else due to their Chronic Health issues and without electricity for that length of time could cause be a major issue and could be the difference between life or death. The houses are built like a bomb shelter with concrete walls, impact windows and doors but without power these clients health and life is at risk. Generators of this magnitude without mentioning any brand names cost over $14,000  ($14,480 installed to be exact). So your donations this quarter went to purchase one generator for one house of severely disabled individuals.

Without your donations and help we could not do this great work! Thanking you so much for all you to help us help them!

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Tenants moving in
Tenants moving in

Building a home during COVID-19 has been a challenge, trying to make sure that the inspectors show up on time or show up and even getting permits approved has been difficult, but the day is here and the house is now completed. I just tried to upload a video of the completed project and it would not load so I uploaded a picture of the tenants that are so happy to be moving into their new home and are about start their lives living independently. The photo was taken at a lunch to get them all together to meet and discuss who they are, their favorite color and just have lunch. This was a great day, but tomorrow will be better as they get to see their new home for the first time. Thank you for making this a reality for these much deserving clients, this home will change their lives! Again thank you.

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Trusses being placed
Trusses being placed

Building a home for individuals with disabilities has been difficult during a pandemic, permits are taking 4 months which in a "normal world' would take 15 days. So we have finally gotten some progress in the last 30 days we have the walls up and the roof being placed as we speak. We are making this a "Smart Home" and completely ADA Compliant which means everything will be wired so you don't have to use your hands to turn on lights, unlock doors etc. The cabinets will be lowered in the bathrooms and kitchens and the stove and oven will be ADA compliant as will the closet shelves and pantry. 

We are building the home this way as two of the tenants are quadraplegics and another is blind. Thank you to all of you who support us in this most important work, we could not do it without you!

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Trusses 2
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We are building another Single Room Occupancy Dwelling for Individuals with Disabilities! The Construction started May 1st and will be finished by November and will house 4 individuals with disabilities. 

Most of the people that we house with disabilities became homeless due to the fact the could not afford the rising rent prices in our area so we developed this model house which has 4 tiny houses in one. Each bedroom has it's own bedroom, bathroom and Kitchenette which has it's own refrigerator and microwave. Included the rent are all utilities except the Internet (that is extra due to the price) So the average rent is based on income and does not go over $345 a month per person making it affordable so they can live. So for example if a person only makes $771 per month their rent is only $231 per month including utilities! These homes come with a shared Washer Dryer and a full kitchen that can be used by any of the tenants and the full kitchen has Stove  and cupboards that can store more food and dishes if the home wants to have pot luck dinners! 

These homes are a blessing for all who are housed there thank you so much to all who have donated to this cause and all that will donate in the future!

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Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc

Location: Fort Myers, FL - USA
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Twitter: @AHF@AHF5264
Project Leader:
Lois Healy
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Fort Myers, FL United States
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