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May 2017

Below is a list of the some of what the Bay Area Summer Camps can offer for families with children who have a I/DD.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Developmental & Learning Disabilities

Building Bridges Camp gives individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) an opportunity to develop their communication skills in a fun, motivating, no-pressure environment in Boulder Creek. Campers ages 5-17 attend a week-long residential camp experiencing swimming, horseback riding, and arts and crafts. Additionally, adults who want to learn more about working with AAC/AT can participate in the concurrent training institute.

The Bridge School
545 Eucalyptus Ave, Hillsborough
[email protected]

Camp Costanoan is Via Services’ residential, outdoor education, recreation and learning center for children and adults ages 5 and older with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs. Camp is located on 13 wooded acres nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, just 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco.

2851 Park Ave, Santa Clara

Camp Krem serves children and adults who have Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism or other developmental disabilities in a traditional, residential camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Five to 12-day sessions offer activities that include daily swimming, arts, music, sports, cheerleading, dance, drama, nature hikes and field trips. Outdoor adventure and travel programs are also available. Camping Unlimited-Camp Krem sponsors many year-around weekend trips in the East Bay and South Bay areas. Bus service from Emeryville is available.

102 Brook Lane, Boulder Creek

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully-accessible residential summer camp for children with a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities. Because barriers are removed, campers enjoy traditional camping activities such as arts and crafts, hikes, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent shows and campfires.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California

AbilityFirst Camp Paivika is a year-round program for children, teens and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The program encourages independence and broadens social contacts through recreation.

600 Playground Drive, Crestline


March 2017

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule

Alice and Ian

Alice and Ian

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): The final rule addresses several sections of Medicaid law under which states may use federal Medicaid funds to pay for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The rule supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, adds protections for individuals receiving services. In addition, this rule reflects CMS’ intent to ensure that individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid’s HCBS programs have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting.

For information on the Home and Community Based Setting Rule Click Here

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Monthly News & Updates

May 2017


New LHA Affiliate Partner

Golden State Pooled Trust

LHA member, North Bay Housing Coalition, expanded its scope of services over 10 years ago to include the creation and management of the Golden State Pooled Trust (GSPT). We are lucky to work closely with Stephen W. Dale, Esq., a well-respected estate planning attorney. He acts as the trustee for GSPT.

Under Steve’s direction, GSPT is one of the top pooled trusts in California and we pride ourselves on being strong advocates for persons with disabilities in California. It’s a natural fit for GSPT to support LHA and its mission.

New Financing Tool!

Clearinghouse CDFI is proud and honored to be a partner with the housing developers who serve people with developmental disabilities that comprise the Lanterman Housing Alliance (“LHA”). We have been an ardent supporter of LHA organizations, and have witnessed the resultant impact your members have had on increasing housing opportunities for former residents of the State developmental centers. As the State will continue to close additional facilities, we are aware of the need for broader financing solutions that would assist LHA.developers with continuing to create group home settings for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Click here to read the entire letter.

Legacy Homes

Our partnership with GSPT is off to a great start. We are collaborating on our first attorney event with Steve Dale. We willoffer continuing legal education credits to participating attorneys. Kristin and Norma will teach a session on working with LHA’s non-profit housing members..

There will be two focus groups for attorneys and financial professionals–the first one will take place on June 7th in Los Angeles. We will send the flyer and RSVP invite later this week.

We have a tentative date for the family focus group in Southern California on July 6th. There will be morning and evening sessions. We will send the flyers once all the details are confirmed.

Stay tuned for information on the Northern California focus groups to take place this summer.

National Housing Trust Fund

Housing – Funding for States from National Housing Trust Fund Announced

Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the first-ever allocations from the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) to the states. The NHTF is a new, dedicated source of funding for affordable housing primarily for people with extremely low incomes, a group that includes many people with disabilities. The NHTF is funded by a very small assessment on the volume of business of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federal government sponsored enterprises. This funding stream started up for the first time in 2015 and the first-ever state allocations under the NHTF total $174 million for 2016.

State allocations are based on five factors related to the severity of the housing crisis faced by very low income and extremely low income households in the state. The 2016 state allocations range from $3 million (the minimum amount possible, by law) to $10.1 million (to California). States now must develop spending plans for their NHTF dollars. Now is the time for disability advocates to contact the agency in their state that is in charge of developing the state’s NHTF spending plan to ensure that the plans address the urgent needs of people with disabilities for affordable, accessible, integrated housing in the community. Extensive resources on the NHTF and how to get involved in NHTF advocacy in your state are available from the National Low Income Housing Coalition and from HUD.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Accounts)

The recently passed ABLE Act has interesting possibilities for housing. In California, the Treasurer’s office is responsible to roll out the policies and procedures on creating ABLE accounts. DDS and SCDD are also involved in an advisory capacity.

LHA member, Mary Eble, joined Steve Dale, Tony Anderson, and others on a webinar about how the ABLE accounts can be used–including housing. A replay will be available soon. We will send a link to it.

The State of Ohio is leading the charge on ABLE Accounts implementation. Also, California residents can use their ABLE program. Please go to their website for more information:

LHA Housing Thought Leaders Fall 2016 Conference

Save the Date: October 4-5, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA