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Video: Finding Housing – Where to begin

Whether you’re an individual with I.D.D seeking independent living, a caregiver exploring supportive housing options, or a passionate advocate wanting to help others, this video is designed to equip you with the tools you need to navigate the complex world of housing.

Throughout this video, we’ll discuss key considerations when searching for housing, to important questions to ask potential providers, and even strategies for securing financial assistance.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. There is a vibrant and compassionate community ready to support you every step of the way.

Lonney: “It’s kind of hard when you live on your own, because you don’t know what to do. I do everything I want in my own apartment.”

Glenn: “I’m pretty much responsible for everything. Keeping my apartment clean, which I’m not very good at doing. Some people like being with other people, some people like being alone.”

Starting your search

George: “How you start is by usually trying to find a place that actually gives application out, or looking up online.”

Amy: “I usually look on Craigslist, or on Google or Facebook Marketplace. Ask the Manager if there is a vacant property, or a vacant apartment that’s nearby that we can move into.”

Lonney: “First I go get the application, online, or else go to the Manager. Call and see if the apartment is available.”

Amy: “You got to ask how much it’s going to cost, you got to ask how many months it will be, or the years. And you got to go to the property and talk to the manager, how much the rent will be, how much the down payment will be for the deposit, lights, the power, water, sewage, recycling. You’ve got to make sure there are no holes in the wall before you move in, and if there is you’ve got to take pictures of it for documentation.”

Online Apartment Search Platforms

Online platforms often allow you to filter your search based on location, price range and other preferences.

Be wary of potential scams and never provide personal or financial information unless you are confident in the legitimacy of the source.

Other places to find available housing

Talk to friends, colleagues and local community members who may have information or recommendations regarding available housing options. They may know of upcoming vacancies or landlords who have properties for rent.

What about location?

Glenn: “Well you want to be close to stores and stuff like that.”

George: “Yeah, sometimes if you have to catch a bus or a ride somewhere or take a car, you have to know where you’re at or the location and how far you’re going to need to be to get to places like grocery stores.”

What about furniture?

George: “Your first night can be scary, because if you don’t have any furniture, much of furniture might not be going to get them.”

Amy: “My best bet is to see if you can find some cheap furniture at a thrift store.”

Once you find a suitable housing option, be prepared to fill out an application, provide references and potentially undergo a background or credit check. Talk to the Property Manager or Housing Association to ensure you have all the necessary documents and information ready ahead of time to streamline the process.

We hope that the information and resources provided in this video have empowered you to take the next steps in finding the perfect home for yourself, your loved ones, or those you advocate for.

Remember, finding suitable housing is a process that requires patience, persistence and collaboration. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the organizations and support networks mentioned in this video as they are dedicated to assisting you on your housing quest.

To learn more about the resources, support, and tips shared in this video, visit iddhousinghelp.org or lanecounty.org

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