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Planning Tools

Assessment tools:

What Does It Mean to Live In My Own Place?

Additional Resources:

Benefit Advisory through Cornell – K.Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
Work Incentives Planning and Utilization For Benefit Practitioners Certificate Series- with Credentialing as a Benefits and Work Incentives Practitioner

Find a roommate:
In the Driver’s Seat believes that Self-Directed Services offer people with developmental disabilities and their families the opportunity to map out their future and be in control of their own lives.  We provide tools and resources to effectively navigate and utilize Self-Directed Services so that now YOU are In the Driver’s Seat.

New York Alliance (formerly NYSACRA) Shared Living:

Most definitions share common elements:
Persons with and without disabilities share their lives, especially in their domiciliary arrangements.
Typically, the person without a disability provides supports to the person with a disability, although the extent and nature of those supports vary widely.
Shared living is not a “placement” of one person into another’s home. It is a mutually agreed upon arrangement.
For purposes of this Tool Kit, shared living encompasses both persons who live together in the same four walls and those who live quite near to one another (e.g. in adjacent apartments). These are referred to as live-with and live-near support arrangements.
Click Here to Download the Shared Living Toolkit

UPDATE: Our Shared Living Toolkit Now Addresses Tax Treatment of Wages

In January, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-7, which addressed what the IRS has for decades called Difficulty of Care (DoC) Payments. Under Section 131 of the IRS Code, a DoC was (and still is) “compensation to a foster care provider for the additional care required because the qualified foster individual has a physical, mental or emotional handicap.” This compensation is excludable from the taxable wage income of the provider for federal income tax purposes.

The 2014 Notice expanded the definition of foster care providers and individuals and DoC payments. The result is that wages paid to providers of Shared Living supports who meet certain criteria will be treated as DoC payments. Therefore, they are excludable from providers’ taxable wage income for both federal and New York State income tax purposes. That is, they do not have to pay income taxes on those wages. While it’s unclear what the passage of tax reform legislation will mean to shared living, the New York Alliance is committed to informing our members as to any impact.

The New York Alliance has recorded a 4-minute webinar which addresses these changes.

Urban Institute: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit: How It Works and Who It Serves