A new kind of housing model is being successfully used in South Portland, Maine, to give its special needs residents the support they need while maintaining their independence.
It’s a boarding house set up like a condominium. Each bedroom is owned by a family, with shared kitchen and living area. Two live-in staff members provide nighttime and emergency support in exchange for free rent.
It’s also run like a condominium, with family members acting as association and trust members. Each owner pays individual property taxes and, in most cases, residents are tenants and family members are landlords, so they can write off condo expenses on their annual taxes. Each unit can be sold if a resident leaves for any reason.