AIC advocates for consumer's housing insecurity
The pandemic has exacerbated social isolation and anxiety for many people with disabilities across Virginia. Appalachian Independence Center
(AIC) in Abingdon supported a consumer in managing these issues and moving forward with his goal to remedy his housing insecurity.
AIC staff describes, a man with Parkinson’s disease and anxiety disorder had his friend contact AIC in hopes to secure an accessible, safe and affordable rental place. He lived in the house owned by his family and they decided to sell the home, giving him just a few months’ notice. Luckily, a friend agreed to let him stay in their apartment while AIC explored optimal housing options, reached out to local housing authorities and other agencies that address homelessness.
Due to his anxiety, he had difficulty communicating and asked AIC staff to take a more directive role. Having done some research and brainstorming, he narrowed down his search and AIC offered guidance with the application process to ensure appropriate completion and submission of his applications.
AIC frequently followed up with the property managers to keep up with the fast-paced nature of rental properties until finally, a rental unit that matched our search, became available and the consumer was able to move in within weeks of checking the place out and signing his lease agreement. “He is very happy to have his own home and not having to worry about finding a good place to live,” shares Steve Halley, AIC Executive Director.