Home & Housing Supports

We know that where you live and how you live are important to you. That’s why we provide housing support to help individuals with a developmental disability or autism live more independently, with the level of care they need and want. We offer short- and long-term care, transitional housing options, and support for individuals and families who are living independently in a housing situation of their own choice. We help young adults, families, and elders find the housing situation that best fits their needs.

To learn more about our housing supports for individuals with a developmental disability, call 802.488.6500 or 802.488.6000.

Section 8 Housing Support

The Section 8 housing program is a federal program that helps elders and individuals with a disability pay for housing costs. Eligibility for the program is based on household income and family size. To apply for a voucher, individuals need to contact their local housing authority.

If you are eligible for a Section 8 housing voucher, our staff can help you with the application process. Call 802-488-6500 or 802.488-6000 for more information about Section 8.

Specialized Group Living

Our five specialized group homes have 24-hour staff and nursing support to meet the needs of all residents. The houses can accommodate from two to six people, depending on the home, and they may be coed or single sex. Three of our homes provide long-term care, with psychiatric and medical care as needed. Two of our homes offer transitional care and help residents learn new skills that will help them to live more independently.

Our Group Homes

  • Pennington

    Pennington is a long-term residential care home for six men and/or women with developmental disabilities and significant medical needs. There is 24-hour staffed support, nursing oversight, and personal care support to meet the needs of all residents.

  • East Terrace

    East Terrace is a long-term residential care home for six women with developmental disabilities and significant medical needs. There is 24-hour staffed support, nursing oversight, and personal care support to meet the needs of all residents.

  • Atwood House

    The Atwood House is a long-term, staffed residential home for two individuals with developmental disabilities and significant psychiatric and medical needs. There is 24-hour support and nursing oversight and personal care support for the residents.

  • Hawk Lane

    Hawk Lane is a three bed, alarmed, transitional housing model designed to stabilize and teach independent living skills with the goal to transition into a less restrictive housing situation. The residence is staffed 24 hours a day and serves young adults with developmental disabilities (sometimes dually diagnosed with a mental health disorder) who may also struggle with behavioral challenges.

  • Farm House

    The Farm House is a three bed, alarmed, transitional housing model designed to stabilize and teach independent living skills with the goal to transition into a least restrictive model. This 24-hour staffed residence serves adults with developmental disabilities (sometimes dually diagnosed with a mental health disorder) who typically also struggle with behavioral challenges. Typically, clients stay from one to three years.

Shared Living Providers

The Shared Living Provider Program is a residential program that allows adults with intellectual disabilities to live with a person, or people, in a roommate situation to make sure that their needs are met. Shared living situations offer flexible support that respects an individual’s choice, relationships, and their community interests.

Safety Connection

The Safety Connection program helps people with intellectual disabilities or autism live independently in the community setting of their choice. The program assists youth in transition, single adults, families, and elders who wish to age in place. Safety Connection works with clients and their support teams which may include Howard Center staff and community partners. This program offers the least intrusive community living support offered by Howard Center, and special technology helps clients connect to trained clinicians when needed.

Safety Connection offers different levels of support based on individual need and preference. The use of home security technology, call buttons, and supervised smoke detection provide immediate access to an experienced Safety Connection Operator between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Transitional Living Support

Avenue 7

Avenue 7 offers transitional housing for young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 who have an intellectual disability or autism and receive Home and Community Based Services. The supportive residential community helps individuals gain the skills they need to live independently. An on-site residential advisor provides support when needed. The program is a partnership with the Burlington Housing Authority, and each person living at Avenue 7 leases their individual residence with the support of a Section 8 housing voucher.

For more information, call or 802-488-6000.

SUCCEED Program

For young adults in our SUCCEED Program, we provide several housing opportunities. SUCCEED’s two houses, Isham and North Union, offer a post-secondary education and independent living program for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Program staff provide daytime and evening support to help students gain independent living skills. Residential advisors are available overnight should any support needs arise. When students graduate, they may choose to live independently within the community with continued support from Howard Center’s Safety Connection Program.