Q: What brought you to home ownership?
A: I got my first apartment around 1995 and spent the next few years in a few different apartments.
I have a wonderful support system that helped. I learned that SHIP funds were available to help me buy my home and my New Perceptions support helped me fill out the paperwork. I was living in an apartment down the street from my new home as it was being built so I was able to go down and check on the progress.
I was able to move into the home in 2000.
A: I never thought I'd ever own my own home. It's my pride and joy. I know my mom would be proud of me for doing all of this.
I've become an advocate for people with developmental disabilities so that they can find their opportunities to find the perfect home.