By Cecilia Chan
A supportive living community in the Valley for young adults with intellectual disabilities is expected to accept applications shortly.
Treasure House is under construction on the northwest corner of 75th Avenue and Loop 101 in Glendale and is scheduled to open in the spring. Amenities include 24-hour staffing, transportation, vocational supports and recreational programming.
“We are the first of its kind,” said Operations Director Coley Schaan Amaro, who saw the demand for such housing first-hand when she worked for a day program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities before joining Treasure House earlier this year.
“There’s a definite need for parents and a majority of families,” she said. “Once sons and daughters turn 18 there are no opportunities to go off and live independently and they end up living with mom and dad until they are in their 40s, 50s and sometimes into their 60s.
“We are trying to provide an opportunity for young adults out there to learn how to have these life skills and live independently away from mom and dad.”
According to the Governor’s Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, there is no hard figure of how many people in the country, let alone Arizona, have a developmental disability.
Using the best data and research available, the advocacy group estimated approximately 60,000 children and 100,0000 adults have a developmental disability in Arizona. The group also noted in a 2012 report, a lack of affordable, accessible housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Arizona.
Arizona Department of Economic Security states on its website it provides supports and services to over 35,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the state. DES said about 99 percent of that number live in their own homes or group homes rather than in institutional settings.
Treasure House is a 36,000-square-foot building that will house 24 young adults in studio apartments and six staffers. The nearly four acres of land was donated by Cardon Development Group. Treasure House is part of Cardon’s Aspera, a 76-acre project offering professional services, housing and retail for the Arrowhead area. The price tag for Treasure House is $10 million, funded partially with donations, Ms. Amaro said.
“We will work on funding the rest,” she said. “We’re hoping to have it paid off in the next two to three years.”
She said Treasure House is in the process of finalizing the application and getting the promotional packet ready.
“Once those are completed, we will open up the admission application, which should be in two to three weeks.” she said.
Treasure House is the brainchild of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda. The Warners were inspired by their son, Zachary, who has a brain injury and is reportedly will be one of Treasure House’s first residents.
CRITERIA FOR A TREASURE HOUSE RESIDENT:
• Is 19-35 years old, and a high school graduate at the time of inquiry and intake
• Has a diagnosed intellectual or developmental disability
• Is able to complete his/her daily needs (bathing, dressing, feeding), access his/her physical environment, and live independently with minimal assistance
•Communicates needs effectively
•Works, volunteers, or is enrolled in a community college, trade school, or a day training program
•Is accustomed to contributing to “family-style” chores and activities, such as cooking and cleaning
•Enjoys interacting, socially, and respects social boundaries of others
•Is comfortable with a dynamic schedule, including attending center- and community-based events
•Has an alternate residence for holidays or sudden and long-term illness
•Is able to show proof of income
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