Forms of Tenure

Committee on ASD Housing and Wraparound Services in Alberta

There are various options for long term occupation of housing but they are typically dictated by the circumstances of each individual with ASD. 

Those individuals fall into the following four categories:

Category One Category Two Category Three Category Four
Those that require 24/7 support and have no capital resources Those that require 24/7 support and have capital resources Those that need variable support and have no capital resources Those that need variable support and have capital resources

Agencies

  • Where funding is available from PDD or other government sources, agencies may be engaged to provide housing with wraparound services. This option is especially suitable for those in  Category One.

Ownership

  • Condo ownership can be a good option for a supportive roommate or for semi-independent living with occasional support. This option is appropriate for Category Four.
  • Like condos, co-op housing can provide involvement through an association as well group support. This option is particularly appropriate for individuals in Category Four.
  • A non-profit society is a good tool to hold and administer property for individuals of small groups. This option might work best for those in Category Two.

Rental

  • Purchase of a life lease agreement provides exclusive right to occupy housing for life or a defined period of time. This tool might be particularly useful for those with capital, Categories Two and Four.
  • Most municipalities provide some form of low income housing which can be combined with agency support. This is the Category Three option, although all categories could benefit from municipal housing.