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Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

The Front Door strives to:

  • Improve the way people learn about OPWDD and available service options

  • Better connect individual needs to available services

  • Give people as many opportunities as possible for self-direction

OPWDD Transformation Panel Report: 
OPWDD spent much of 2015 initiating significant public outreach, data collection and analysis to help address concerns and better plan for a sustainable future.

OPWDD Residential Request List: 
The attached report provides a review of OPWDD’s Residential Request List and corresponding recommendations to improve residential alternatives and address housing needs of individuals, consistent with transformational goals as required by Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2015.

New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA): 
In 2015 NYSACRA received a grant from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) which included funding to increase housing options for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in New York State. Click here to view report. 

Housing Resource Guide

The Housing Resource Guide begins with an overview of housing options in the state and how those have been shaped. We then set out paths and options that may be available to an individual and their family. The Guide also lists the “system based” resources that will affect an individual’s housing options. These refer to governmental subsidies and incentives to home builders that will lead to the creation of more housing stock. The guide describes the housing options in the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) certified system and other state systems.

REPORT: What Happens When I'm Gone?

Understanding new Service and Support systems for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in housing and services. Understanding the relevance of Intentional Communities.


National Low Income Housing Coalition:

New York State Division of Human Rights: 'Protecting and Furthering Equality in New York State'

Basic guide to NYS human rights law

NYS Division of Human Rights Fair Housing Guide  

NYS Housing Rights for Persons With Disabilities

NYS Human Rights Law Complaint Form

NYS Coalitions

Your Money, Your Goals - Focus on People with Disabilities: A Companion Guide to Empower the Disability Community

Positive Financial Behaviors Data Tracker - Level 1

Positive Financial Behaviors Data Tracker - Level 2


HomeSmart NY


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Money Smart Website:

Better Money Habits Website: Excellent Online Money Management Skill Building Tools

New York State Developmental Disabilities Council:

Technical Assistance Collaboration:

Bipartisan Housing Policy

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

NYS Attorney General: Homeowner Protection Program “HOPP”

Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968:

Americans with Disabilities Act: