The Board of Independence Landing is preparing to enter into the next application cycle seeking grant funding, which will also provide access to Federal Housing Tax Credit funding so we can build our community affordably. We will be present at the Florida Housing Finance Corporation workshop on January 28 at 10:00 am, and you are welcome to call in or attend. Click here for more information.
As indicated in our July family resource meeting, all residents of Independence Landing must have a plan of services in order for your loved one to live successfully, alone. There will be a monthly cost to this that we are working on developing.
If you are a MedWaiver client, you will continue to get your independence living services covered through your med waiver funding. If you are not a MedWaiver client, you will be required to pay for these services privately.
As discussed in our July meeting, it is incumbent upon you to get your loved one set up with VR, APD, SSI, and Able United, and if necessary, look into guardianship needs and special needs trusts. Click on the PDF icon below for contact information and links to applications for your use.
With optimism for a bright 2020!
Healthy Lifestyles & Active Living
Residents of independence Landing will lead active lives with daily activities including fitness programs, yoga, gardening, outdoor lawn games, and access to the many amenities of the brand new 42 acre adjacent city park and Southwood walking and biking trails, golf course, and tennis courts.
The commercial grade kitchen in Independence Landing will serve to provide healthy evening meals and to teach simple meal preparation.
There will be a strong focus on social activities including shared evening meals with fellow residents and guests, activities with neighbors, visiting family members and non-disabled mentors, cook-outs, movie nights, ice-cream socials, participating in volunteer activities in the community, attending college ball games, and other social activities as selected by residents.
Just as their non-disabled peers, individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must have opportunities for life long learning. Professors from area colleges and universities are ready to assist residents in art, music, gardening, cooking, literature, film, and other experiences of their choice.
Residents will have the ability to learn and practice independent living skills including housekeeping, budgeting and money management skills, self care and hygiene, appropriate and safe use of public transportation, understanding relationships with fellow residents and neighbors, and other topics as selected by residents. Importantly, residents will continue to learn and practice vocational and job training skills with the goal to obtain and keep a job.
Inclusion in the Community
With a city bus stop and city park adjacent to Independence Landing, residents will have access to the greater city of Tallahassee and its offerings. The Southwood community provides amenities within walking and biking distance including doctor offices, restaurants, grocery and drug stores, and a multitude of potential job work sites. Florida law mandates that state agencies hire a percentage of their workforce from the disabled population and there are numerous state agencies within a short bus ride or walking distance from Independence Landing.
Many civic and faith based organizations, including the Florida State University School, neighbors, and hobbyists are poised to engage with residents, providing life enrichment for all.
APPLICATIONS & RESOURCES
Information on programs supporting persons with disabilities.
Forms and links for family resources.
Continuing education opportunities within our community.
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