There are approximately 29,000 person with developmental disabilities being served by the San Diego Regional center as of 2019.
14,000 are over the age of 18
63% (8820) live with Family or relatives
1875 live in their own apartment or houses, not with family members
307 receive support through Supportive Living Service agencies
1889 receive services through Independent Living Agencies
Vacancy rates in specialized homes and licensed residential facilities are generally very low. New housing units are typically included as a small percentage of the units being built by Affordable Housing Developers. Creating a safe comfortable environment for those with developmental disabilities is very challenging particularly as they grow older.
In 2012, discussions were held with families in the community who recognized the lack of suitable housing opportunities for their children. The Foundation began meeting with various agencies and developers to better understand the issues and possible solutions. Workshops with families were conducted to gather information.
In 2014, the Foundation introduced an out of town non profit organization to local community and civic leaders which resulted in a 53 unit apartment complex for adults with Developmental Disabilities which opened in June 2021.
With your support, the Foundation will continue its efforts to identify other locations
and developers interested in building more housing units in Southern California region.