18? Section 8! is a project of Autism Housing Pathways, Inc.
Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) is a family-driven, membership-based organization serving individuals and families in Massachusetts impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities. We have the following core goals:
- Building the capacity of families to find or create housing solutions for their family members with disabilities;
- Improve the professional development of direct support staff;
- Conduct research on the housing needs and resources of the Massachusetts autism community;
- Building the capacity of the housing sector to meet the residential needs of individuals with autism
To quote our original 2010 mission statement:
Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) was created to provide information, support and resources for families who seek to create secure, supported housing for their adult children with disabilities. Autism Housing Pathways seeks to foster education and awareness and disseminate information about the creation of self-directed housing for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities; to promote and support the formation and maintenance of such housing; and to assist families in creating self-directed housing for their adult children that supports their residential, recreational and community needs.
Autism Housing Pathways will support families in forming a variety of housing models by providing a clearinghouse of information on such topics as cooperative bylaws, building plans for modular housing that conforms to legal criteria, real estate trusts, and affordable housing options. AHP will also share information about housing groups, developers, lawyers, vendors and consultants that can assist families in creating housing. In the long-term, Autism Housing Pathways plans to become a mutual housing association that will offer services such as shared accounting, legal, and administrative services to member housing. We are committed to providing a community of engaged and caring families and individuals who will support all of our family members and those who care for them to create and maintain safe, dignified, healthy and respectful living communities.
Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation.