Exploring Housing Options
If you are beginning a new housing search the process can seem overwhelming, but there are many resources and organizations available to support and assist you through this process. The most critical first step is to do some careful thinking and planning ahead of time. You want to seek as many ideas and suggestions as possible from those who have familiarity with the various housing options. You also want to decide on a method for organizing all of the paperwork that will be involved.
Pointers as you begin your search:
- Remember to begin your housing search early to avoid a potential crisis situation.
- The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter or the National MS Society is an excellent place to begin.
- You may want to solicit help from a family member, social worker or local housing advocate.
- State or local housing agencies, councils on aging, disability agencies and/or independent living centers are good potential sources of information.
- Keep good records of contacts and copies of your paperwork.
- Do not hesitate to ask questions.
- If you are on a housing waiting list, feel free to check in periodically to find out where you are on the list, but be patient.
- Contact assisted living facilities or retirement communities directly to learn more about these options.
- Some states maintain accessible housing registries while others publish written guides to clarify the process.
- Some states also maintain affordable housing registries either online or in print.
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