When you think about housing, you'll need to decide whether to rent or buy. You might also consider living with a roommate or in a supervised setting.
If you rent, you have choice and flexibility in where you live. You might also have help maintaining your home. You'll sign a lease and pay rent to the owner or landlord. You'll work with the owner or landlord to address any issues.
If you're looking for a place to rent and don't need help paying for where you live, you'll have many options. You can talk to family, friends and neighbors to find out if they know of any places for rent, or you can search online. To get started, check out Housing Link and Housing Benefits 101.
If you need help paying for where you live, you can apply for programs to make housing more affordable. Check out this helpful chart on ways to pay for rent or housing (PDF). You can also use affordable housing search tools to get started.
As a renter, you have rights. Knowing how to advocate for yourself is an important part of living where you choose. Check HOME Line for housing resources, free and low-cost legal and advocacy services for tenants, and more.
Sharing your home with a roommate can help reduce costs. You can also share responsibilities and build relationships. If you'd like to find a roommate, start your search by asking for recommendations from people you trust. Also use the tools on Housing Benefits 101, or HB101:
If you'd like a roommate who can also help you with daily living activities, check out Rumi. This service matches people who have disability waivers with appropriate caregiver-roommates who can provide the needed level of care.
Life sharing might be another option. Life sharing is a relationship-based living arrangement that matches an adult who has a disability with a person or family who will share their life and experiences. Matches are based on things like shared preferences, interests and personality styles. Use this resource guide to learn about life sharing.
If you're looking for a supervised housing situation, check the programs page on Housing Benefits 101. You'll see a list of options under the heading housing that includes services, including adult foster care, assisted living and group homes. If you choose to live in housing that includes services, know your rights (PDF) as a resident.