Communities to Know

LTO Ventures supports and endeavors to learn from innovative live / work / play community models for adults with Autism or similar development disabilities around the U.S. that are currently operational or in planning/development stages.  We will continuously update this page, but please let us know of any other projects you think we should list here.

Deville Community
Buffalo, NY
http://devillecommunity.net/
A sustainable community for HFA & Asperger Adults and their families. The community includes condominiums for the adults and homes for the families. There is an indoor Recreation Center, walking paths outside, and a Learning Center for job resources, social and living skill training, and on-line courses.

First Place Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
http://firstplaceaz.org/
SARRC website — http://www.autismcenter.org
First Place is innovating a holistic approach to supportive housing through sensitive design, mix of uses, an urban location and close attention to replicability. This new nonprofit continues the mission of SARRC, established in 1997 to provide lifetime support for individuals with autism and their families.  June 2014 – Housing opens [KTAR story] [Front Door News story]

First Place is developing a mixed-use property and new home option that is supported, community connected and joyfully embraced by the individuals who live there, the people who work there, and family and friends who come and go. The property includes apartments for residents, a residential academy for students and a training institute for professionals and support service providers. First Place is leveraging the benefits of a supportive urban area in Central Phoenix that’s been created and facilitated by SARRC.

First Place will demonstrate and advance best practices in residential options for adults with autism and related disorders, and inspire public policy changes benefiting adults with autism nationwide and around the world. By developing a new prototype for supportive housing that promotes thoughtful design, community integration and the safety, security and comforts of home, we will enable individuals to live more independently, productively and happily, exceeding their dreams and those of their families.

Airmount Woods
Ramsey, NJ
http://www.bergenunitedway.org/airmountbuild.php
Airmount Woods is designed specifically to address the shortage of residential housing opportunities for individuals with autism with two state of the art homes for 8 young adults.  All units will be handicap accessible and contain features to assist in the daily lifestyle of persons with autism including accommodation for 24/7 staffing, durable finishes and the latest in green technologies. Services will be provided by New Horizons for Autism.  The 1.3 acre site is a bucolic setting that will provide passive recreational space as well as added safety and security.  Funding for the project combines investments from the NJHMFA Special Needs Trust, the Borough of Ramsey Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and the Bergen County Division of Community Development HOME and CDBG programs.  Read this blog post about the grand opening by Leslie Long of Autism Speaks.  [Read article] [Press release]

IMPACT Autism
Cincinnati, OH
http://impactautism.org/
The IMPACT Autism Center is a planned community of seven 4-person residential homes for adults with autism.  Each of the seven homes will be capable of housing up to four adults in a suite-style setting that will provide both privacy and a built-in community in which to engage.  Each resident would have his or her own private bath, bedroom, and work and study area, and the common areas would be a living room, dining room, kitchen, and an outdoor porch. The homes are designed to look like any other housing development. [Read article]

The Faison Residence
Henrico, VA
http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=36a42846a060b9ddbbd956424&id=8845402c3d
A new state-of the-art residential community tailored to meet the challenges of young adults with autism. $15 MM to build, features 45 apartments in which one-third of the one, two and three bedroom units will house a diverse population of young adults with developmental disabilities, while the remaining apartments will be interspersed among a group of teachers, nursing assistants and other compassionate professionals.

The Arc Village
Jacksonville, FL
http://www.arcjacksonville.org/thearcvillage/
Updated Dec. 13, 2013: Florida Housing Finance Corp.’s board of directors approved $4.5 million in state funds, including a $1.5 million developmental disability grant, and $10.8 million in affordable housing tax credits for The Arc Village.  The state funds, combined with $2.4 million in private philanthropy pledges raised by The Arc Jacksonville, will secure the total $17.7 million necessary for initial construction and development. The private pledges were critical to obtaining the tax credit award and additional state grant funding.  About $4 million more will be needed for furnishings of common areas, vehicles, assorted equipment, core staff training, start-up operations and an endowment.  A groundbreaking is anticipated for late spring 2014, followed by completion in spring 2015.  The Arc Village will house about 120 adults – ages 18 and older – in 97 one- and two-bedroom apartments. It will be Florida’s first planned community of affordable apartment-style rental homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  More info: [Online brochure] [Artist renderings] [Housing/Rents/Services] [News article about funding]

Noah’s Landing of Central Florida, Inc.
Lakeland, FL
http://noahsarkflorida.org/campus_concept.htm
Update Dec. 13, 2013: Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation voted to accept their staff’s recommendation to provide almost $14 Million Dollars in funding to help build The Villages at Noah’s Landing.  The Villages at Noah’s Landing is an emerging inclusive community that will provide 200 residents with a safe place to live, work, learn and play.  Construction is expected to start mid-to-late-2014 and residents move into The Villages at Noah’s Landing in late-2015.  Check out the news coverage here and on their home page.

Benjamin’s Hope
Holland, MI
http://benjaminshope.net/
A 40-acre campus designed as a community-based model to provide housing, recreation, vocation and support for 24 residents in six customed-designed homes.  It is a private/public model, built with private dollars, and utilizing public funds for direct care.  They received  62 applications for the first 8 available residential slots.  The first two residences have been completed, and the community building is nearly done. Update 11/28/14: EightWest TV; 4/14/14: Holland Sentinel story; 9/1/13: Grand Rapids Press story

Rainbow Acres
Camp Verde, AZ (80 miles north of Phoenix; hour south of Flagstaff)
http://www.rainbowacres.com
A private-pay Christian ranch-style campus community founded in 1974 for 91 adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism, nestled in the high desert landscape of Arizona’s beautiful Verde Valley.  Facilities include modern housing with private rooms for Ranchers and the brand new Palmer Community Center that features state-of-the-art dining and entertainment facilities, as well as a fitness center and classroom space for ranch music programs.  Rainbow Acres is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Marbridge
Manchaca, TX (12 miles south of Austin)
http://www.marbridge.org/
A private-pay campus community (click to view aerial photo of campus) that provides residential care to more than 240 adults with intellectual disabilities. Unlike group homes for mentally challenged adults, our 170-acre campus consists of three interconnected communities where we provide varying levels of care—from skilled nursing and physical rehabilitation services, to assisted living, to semi-independent care.

Bancroft Lakeside Village
Harrison Township, NJ
http://www.bancroft.org/autism/adults/campus-living-2/
Bancroft’s New Jersey campuses are located near Mullica Hill, and in Brick. The Mullica Hill Campus is newly reconstructed with state-of-the-art homes, a new vocational building, and a pedestrian-friendly outdoor environment that encourages socialization. The Brick Campus features comfortable townhomes and a spacious common room for shared events and activities. It’s also short distance from the scenic Jersey Shore recreation area.  Read more here.

Cape Cod Village, Inc.
Orleans, MA
http://capecodvillage.org/
A residential community for adults with autism located in a town on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Patterned after Sweetwater Spectrum, this campus will have 4 buildings housing 4 adults each built around a common area and close to town.  Read more here.  Update 4/17/14, new article here.

New Vista Ranch
Las Vegas, NV
http://newvistanv.org
Also check out their future plans for a Medical Clinic, Community Outreach Center, Job Development Center and Senior Assisted Living Homes on their website under “Future Projects,” or here: http://vegasseven.com/latest/2012/06/21/independence-days, or here: http://www.hconews.com/articles/2012/12/19/specialized-nevada-medical-clinic-senior-homes-break-ground, or here: http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2013/jan/14/nonprofit-plans-major-expansion-medical-center/.

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats
Edina, MN & Paradise Valley, MT
http://www.eriksranch.org/index.html.
Update 4/15/14:  Article in Where Traveler.  Erik’s Ranch settings opened in Minnesota and Montana in 2014; see notices here [MN PDF] and here [MT PDF].  Also read this great story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about their work program.  Another story in Jan. 23, 2013 MN Sun Current.

Brookwood Community
Brookshire, TX
http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/
Update 5/26/15: They have announced a major expansion and upgrade [renderings] to be funded by their largest capital campaign in their history [here].  See an aerial photo of their campus on their Facebook page.

Sweetwater Spectrum
Sonoma, CA
http://www.sweetwaterspectrum.org/
Oct. 10, 2013 New York Times article [READ].  July 2013 – Produce stand prepares to open. [READ]  Nice article in Laura Schumaker’s blog on SFGate.com with an update on the development of this innovative model. [READ]. [Fast Company Feb 22, 2013 article] [Huffington Post June 24, 2015]

Trinity House
Bloomsburg, PA
Trinity House is a former downtown church converted into apartments for 19 adults and designed especially for people with disabilities where they can live and “hang out” with their friends.  Bloomsburg University students are housed in buildings next to the house, and are available for assistance to  individuals who may need help.   Opened May 2010.

Promise in Brevard
Palm Bay, FL
http://promiseinbrevard.com/
Recent news: http://on.flatoday.com/11q2mb8

Juniper Hill Farms
Southeastern Pennsylvania
http://www.juniperhillfarms.org
Juniper Hill Farms is a model of independent living for adults on the autism spectrum. We are not a group home. We are not a ‘facility’. We are just guys renting in the community, like everyone else. We live on a small farm in southeastern Pennsylvania with lots of animals…. and fields of sunflowers in the summer. Three of us rent a small three bedroom rancher, and we have support people who come several times a week to help us out with our farm chores as well as everyday things that come up. In another house on the same lane live three more of us, and we have support people that come in most days as well. In this second house, we also have someone who lives with us…. to make sure we are safe overnight, to make sure things happen that need to, and to help everyone get along. [Oct. 30, 2013 blog post – “Effortless Inclusion…”]

Echoing Hope Ranch
Bisbee, AZ
http://www.echoinghoperanch.org/

Parents Planning Programs for the Developmentally Disabled of Florida, Inc.
Melbourne Beach, FL
http://www.pppflorida.org

New Danville
The Woodlands, TX
http://newdanville.org/

Down Home Ranch
Elgin, TX
http://downhomeranch.org/

nonPareil.Institute
Plano, TX
http://npitx.org/npFuture.aspx
Their Phase 4 for 2012 is a community within a community that includes on-site: full work training facility, work facility, living facilities, medical facilities, as well as eating and entertainment facilities.  Check out their June 10, 2013 story on NBC Nightly News [video].

Bittersweet Farms
Whitehouse, OH
http://www.bittersweetfarms.org
One of the first farmsteads for adults with autism, and a model for many others around the country.  Oct. 16, 2013 story about their new farm [article].  Read their new book out Oct. 2013 [Amazon]

The Autism Trust USA
Austin, Texas
The Autism Trust USA is a Christian based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to serving individuals, families, and communities living with autism. We strive to build futures with purpose for all individuals, regardless of age, ability, race, faith or gender. It is our mission to provide vocational, educational, wellness, and semi-independent residential programs in an environment rich with physical, spiritual, and emotional support.
http://www.theautismtrust.org
[Video]

NDL Residential Care, Inc.
Shaker Heights, OH
http://ndlcare.org/