What We Do » Bay Area Housing Corporation
Bay Area Housing Corporation creates opportunities to build, renovate, and identify houses and apartment buildings that fit the lifestyles of disabled and low income residents. Rather than simply responding to people that seek us out, our staff reaches out to bring more people into our organization. We invite people to meet with us and achieve success through our services. We thrive on investing in homes that need major TLC as well as simple modifications.
Housing Development Portfolio:
We currently own and manage 37 special needs properties worth over $55 million. There are two LLC’s that are part of Bay Area Housing Corporation, Casa Milagro, which owns the 32 homes that were part of the closure of Agnews Developmental Center. Mas Milagros has a portfolio of 5 homes.
There are currently 4 models of housing provided by BAHC with care and supervision provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. BAHC owns and operates the homes and a service provider delivers the service. All referrals for the individuals living in the homes come from San Andreas Regional Center.
The 962 homes are for the medically fragile and they house 5 individuals in separate bedrooms with a back-up generator.
The SRH homes are Specialized Residential homes for 3 to 4 individuals with similar behavioral needs and services.
The FTM model is a duplex home that houses a care-taker family on one side and 3 individuals with disabilities on the other side of the duplex with and interconnecting door between the two residences.
BAHC has expertise as a construction project manager, property manager and maintenance coordinator for residential care homes for people with developmental disabilities. We also offer private consultation to families and organizations to assist with home modification and accommodation for people with special needs and also property maintenance and property management services.
We have a reliable property management department that provides high quality and affordable maintenance and repairs. We send out our best to ensure property repairs are done promptly, energy efficiency standards are met, and tenants are abiding by their rental agreements. Maintaining a consistent service schedule helps to avoid major problems and ensures our residents stay in their homes long term.
We have a customized database that allows us to track all repairs, including costs of labor and materials, and to generate financial reports. We can set up a database for you or your organization for a fee that covers the cost of set up and monthly management of your database.
We are also available to provide consultation to help you modify your home to accommodate the needs of your loved ones. Our experience in maintaining residential care homes for a demographic that is pretty hard on the interior finishes, has given us expertise in identifying the best and most affordable products and finishes that are durable, practical, safe and also beautiful.
BAHC has been a tireless advocate for creating new housing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. We have worked with legislators at both the state and local level to educate and advocate for housing options and funding.
Most people do not know the unique needs of people with developmental disabilities and other low income populations.
Kris McCann, the Executive Director of BAHC is currently the Co-Chair of the state-wide Lanterman Housing Alliance, (http://www.lantermanhousingalliance.org/ which advocates for housing for people with developmental disabilities in the State of California.
Things that you can do to advocate for people with developmental disabilities.
- Think globally, act locally… take action today for benefit of your loved one with the mindset that you are paving the path to help others do the same in the near future
- Everyone is impacted by the growing number of people with developmental disabilities, and there is a benefit that we need to communicate to the world around us: there is an economic benefit of saving public funds when people with developmental disabilities are properly housed, and supported
- Focus on legislation to create state tax incentives for families to invest in trusts
- Access more private funds such as the local Community Foundations that pool funds from private donors
How We Can Help You » Bay Area Housing Corporation
Housing Solutions for You
Bay Area Housing Corporation has many housing solutions for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
- If you need help assessing the housing options that are available, please contact us.
- If you would like somebody to develop or modify a home that meets the needs of your family member, contact us.
- If you want to ensure that your loved one has a home in the future and you are in a position to assist in the funding of it, please contact us.
- If you would like somebody to help with the property management or maintenance of a home that you may own, contact us.
- If you would like to partner with other families in developing a home that would provide housing for folks with developmental disabilities, contact us.
- If you have a connection in the community for a home or a piece of property where there may be an opportunity for BAHC to develop, please contact us.
- If you want to donate your home and receive a partial donation, please contact us.
- If you want to know more about our Legacy program, please contact us.
Living Arrangements … Housing Options
The Department of Developmental Services is responsible for designing and coordinating a wide array of services for California residents with developmental disabilities. These services and supports are provided through a statewide system of 21 locally based regional centers.
A Person-Centered Planning approach is used in making decisions regarding where a person with developmental disabilities will live and the kinds of services and supports that may be needed. In person-centered planning, everyone who uses regional center services has a planning team that includes the person utilizing the services, family members, regional center staff and anyone else who is asked to be there by the individual. The team joins together to make sure that the services that people are getting are supporting their choices in where they want to live, how and with whom they choose to spend the day, and hopes and dreams for the future. (taken from DDS’ website)
The following is a list of living arrangements and supportive services available for persons with developmental disabilities:
- Community Care Facilities (CCF’s)
- Family Home Agency
- Foster Family Agency
- Independent Living
- Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs)
- Supported Living Services
Many families are searching for a way to plan for the future of a child with developmental disabilities, which can be costly to the State and to families. Parents with children with developmental disabilities face difficult choices when it comes to ensuring housing for their children after they are gone.
The difficult and challenging housing market affects choices available to aging parents with a child that lives at home; or to younger parents who want to ensure secure living environments now; and to other family members who need or want to ensure the living environment for their family member.
With an increasingly aging population, and parents and caregivers aging and passing away, families of people with developmental disabilities need solutions for the housing needs of their loved one with a disability when they are gone.
How It Works
The Legacy Homes Program provides a way for families to provide a home for their loved one with a developmental disability that will be available well into the future. Each particular situation will be unique to the needs of the person and the resources of the family.
Typically a family with an asset, such as a home, are able to partner with BAHC to develop the right ownership and ongoing property management scenario to meet their needs. The result is a well-planned design that provides for the housing needs of the person with a developmental disability.
Of course, services are also critical to the person with developmental disabilities. By separating the housing ownership from the organization providing the delivery of services, this division is seen by many experts in the field as the ideal model to ensure that the person with the developmental disabilities keeps the control of their living arrangements over time and has the flexibility in choosing the appropriate service model.
The Legacy program provides a great deal of flexibility and can be customized to meet the family’s needs. Listed below are a few of the scenarios:
- Hiring BAHC to provide property management of a home even when the family retains ownership
- Donating funds to purchase a home not currently owned by a family.
- Partnering with other families to reduce the cost of housing.
For more information on this exciting program, please contact BAHC.
Making Homes Work
Many people with development disabilities live in their family’s home or in their own home. Sometimes there needs to be a modification made to their living arrangements that would make their lives so much easier, a home that works for them. A new pilot program is being developed between SARC and BAHC to address this need.
If there is a modification that needs to be made to a home and it meets the needs of the individual consumer and is part of their IPP, SARC will make a referral to BAHC to research, budget, bid, modify, supervise, evaluate and provide fiscal responsibility for the correct modification.
For more information on this program, please contact us and/or discuss with your SARC case manager.
Golden State Pooled Trust
The Golden State Pooled Trust (GSPT) is a s type of special needs trust established by the North Bay Housing Coalition (NBHC) to provide options for persons with disabilities in California. GSPT assist in preserving resources, protecting public benefits, and providing choices in order to enhance quality of life. GSPT is open to all persons with disabilities in California, regardless of their disability.
Their vision is to create a community of knowledgeable disability advocates and attorneys to assist persons with disabilities achieve a better quality of life. To achieve this vision, GSPT will provide support and advocacy through education, mentoring and supports services. BAHC is very supportive of this Trust and can be contacted for more information or please visit www.gspt.org.
- Think globally, act locally… take action today for benefit of your loved one with the mindset that you are paving the path to help others do the same in the near future.
- Everyone is impacted by the growing number of people with developmental disabilities, and there is a benefit that we need to communicate to the world around us: there is an economic benefit of saving public funds when people with DD are properly housed, and supported.
- Focus on legislation to create state tax incentives for families to invest in trusts.
- Access more private funds such as the local Community Foundations that pool funds from private donors.
- Benefit the neighborhood, bring stability, be a good neighbor, keep the home looking nice and be a source of support in time of emergency.
- Be part of any of BAHC’s pilots.