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Housing Information and Resources for People with a Developmental Disability Included in the Settlement Agreement Population

Historically, people with developmental disabilities have experienced major barriers that include affordability, accessibility, and lack of supportive services options. These barriers have affected individuals in the area of living independently. Over the past several years, the Commonwealth has invested millions of dollars to redesign its system of Home and Community Based Services for people with DD to offer a broader array of services to support people in their own homes, offer rent assistance, provide funds to assist with upfront costs to secure housing, and help modify units so people can live in the same types of housing in the community that people without disabilities do. As people learn about these new opportunities and see individuals enjoying maximum choice and control over where they live, with whom they spend their time, who supports them, and what they do with their day, more individuals are opting to give integrated, independent housing a try.

Did you know?

As of November 1, 2017, over 700 adults in Virginia with a developmental disability who are included in the Settlement Agreement population are living in their own home in the community with natural, Medicaid waiver and other supports? Many have done so using housing resources made available specifically to this population. You can, too!

Who is included in the Settlement Agreement Population?

The Settlement Agreement target population for housing includes Virginians with developmental disabilities that are at least 18 years of age or older who are in one of the following categories: 1) Living in a training center, intermediate care facility, skilled nursing facility and eligible for one of the Medicaid DD Waivers; or 2) Currently receiving Medicaid DD Waiver services; or 3) On a waitlist for Medicaid DD Waiver services.

The map below shows where eligible individuals can access dedicated housing resources that have been made available to help adults in the Settlement Agreement Population who want to live in their own home in the community with supports. Please click here to access a larger version of the map.


If you or someone that you know is interested in learning more about the resources available to help people in the Settlement Agreement Population access their own rental housing in the community, please click the link below titled "The Path To Housing".

The Path to Housing

Independent Housing Outcomes

DBHDS and its state, regional and local partners have been working collaboratively to increase the number of housing options available to people in the Settlement Agreement population. Please click here for an update related to the number of people in the settlement agreement population that are living in their own homes.

Housing Plan

In March 2013, the Commonwealth developed “Virginia’s Plan to Increase Independent Living Options”. This Plan is updated each calendar year, as needed. If you are interested in reviewing the initial plan or subsequent updates, please click one of the links below.

Key Resources for Support Coordinators

Please click here for a list of resources that will assist Support Coordinators as they help people in the Settlement Agreement population access their own rental housing.

These resources will provide Support Coordinators/Case managers with the tools to help individuals with DD in the Settlement Agreement population move into rental housing in the community.