Our vision is at the heart of everything we do. Simply put, we believe that all people with I/DD in the Bay Area should have access to affordable community-based housing. Each home is designed to provide the means to meet the needs and preferences of the individuals who live there.
With a portfolio of 51 homes, BAHC has honed our skills in negotiation, acquisition, financing, design, building, and property management. Our greatest strength is the team we have assembled and the level of care we bring to every project. Big projects or small, BAHC stands ready to serve.
BAHC’s Specialized Residential Homes are adapted for three to four individuals with similar needs and services to live together in a family environment. With the closures of California’s State Developmental campuses, which has taken place in stages since 1996, there has been a shift from institutional housing to small community-based care homes for people with I/DD.
BAHC provides several customized models, including Family Teaching Homes, 962 Homes for the Medically Fragile, Crisis/Transitional Homes, Enhanced Behavioral Homes and Children’s Homes.
Many families are searching for a way to plan for the future of a child with developmental disabilities, which can be costly to the State and to families. Parents of children with developmental disabilities face difficult choices when it comes to ensuring housing for their children after they are gone.
The challenging housing market affects choices available to aging parents with a child who lives at home, younger parents who want to ensure secure living environments now, and other family members who need or want to ensure the living environment for their family member.
BAHC’s Legacy Homes Program allows family members to donate a home to BAHC to enable lifelong housing ownership, management, maintenance, and coordinated services for a family member with I/DD. Ownership of the home will be separate from the service provider, coordinating personalized and curated services in perpetuity. This program addresses the long-term housing needs of people with I/DD to support the residents in a safe and comfortable environment, providing continuity as their conditions progress.
Is the Legacy Homes Program Right for You and Your Family?
Many people with I/DD want to continue to live with dignity and comfort in their families’ homes. Physical modifications often need to be made so their home works better for them. BAHC plays a unique role in performing accessibility modifications to their current residences.
Because of BAHC’s strong reputation and demonstrated track record within the community, a partnership has formed with Bay Area Regional Centers to create the Making Homes Work program. BAHC researches, budgets, bids, supervises, evaluates, and provides fiscal modifications to ensure homes are customized and modified with durable materials, based on best practices and lessons learned from decades of experience as property managers.
Projects can be financed by Regional Centers or other public funding, by individuals with I/DD, or by families of people with I/DD who can privately pay.
One of our most exciting projects is advocating for the development of dementia homes in the Bay Area to serve people who experience Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Working with families who urged us to develop this type of specialized housing, we formed a coalition for a Dementia Care Home in the Bay Area. We recently submitted proposals to Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) and San Andreas Regional Center (SARC.) so that both Regional Centers understand the need and advocate for this type of housing with DDS.
A Practical Guidebook for Caregivers by the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices, the Alzheimer’s Association and Nation Down Syndrome Society
Tamar Heller, PhD.
UIC Department of Disability and Human Development