Housing Inventory

RCI is engaged in housing advocacy to encourage the creation of more affordable, accessible units. At the same time, we are compiling data on existing housing and availability.

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Peer Counseling

Our peer counseling program matches available housing to a person’s needs and expectations for living sustainably in the community.

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On-the-Ground Supports

RCI staff helps participants get to referral appointments and apartment viewings, assist with paperwork and personal care during appointments, and help participants move into independent living situations.

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Our approach to independent living

RCI’s approach, based on person-centered planning and action, creates a path out of the institutional group home setting. Many people who have independent living experience and capacities are stuck in institutions — simply because finding accessible, affordable housing is difficult. In fact, many have independent living goals in their Individual Support Plans, and year after year these goals are unmet due to a lack of support to achieve them.

The Real Choice Initiative is working to change this unjust situation.

We are working to transition 100 Multnomah County group home residents with disabilities who are interested in independent living by Fall 2018. RCI’s counselors have the experience and inherent expertise of living independently with a disability. Our program of peer counseling and support services will support lasting transitions to independent living.

Get involved

Do you know somebody who is interested in transitioning to independent living? Contact us today to get involved.