OPEN - Olympic Peninsula Extended Needs Housing
OPEN - Olympic Peninsula Extended Needs Housing

Why Not Us? Village

The Start of a Dream....

In February, 2014, Clallam Mosaic held a Parent/Caregiver Meeting to determine the gaps & needs of the community supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • The discussions generated overwhelming support for the creation of the Home & Good Life Committee


A year & a half of work....

  • Defined housing gaps on the North Olympic Peninsula
    • As of 2014
      • 413 clients in Clallam County
      • 138 Clients in Port Townsend
    • Currently 2 groups homes in the Clallam County serving 6 individuals each, both full 
    • An individual requiring 24 hour care with medical needs would have to be placed in one of the 4 state facilities with the closest one in the South Sound/Tacoma area.
    • Peninsula Housing Authority has no current plans in their 5 year plan to meet the need  of  “elderly adults only  or only families with disabilities” in their houses.

How Did We Get to this Point in Housing?

A History of Developmental Disabilities & Community:

  •  1960-1970’s
    • National recognition that institutions for special needs community was failing
  • 1980
    • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person Act – which led to…Closing Institutions – so families were left to start from scratch
  • 1990

    • Americans with Disabilities Act – promoted rights of mentally and physically disabled  persons.

  • 1999


      Olmsted vs L.C. – the United States Supreme Court ruled that “forcible 


      institutionalization violated the ADA”  And it required states to now support disabled individuals to “stay in mainstream society”
  • 2007

    • Medicaid began offering assistance for housing in the form of waivers for those individuals who “waived” institutional care.  These waivers pay for a majority of a person’s housing costs in the Developmentally Disabled Community.  BUT  they are hard to get as there are only so many $$ available to utilize for all.

  • 2014


      Affordable Care Act – redefining how waivers can be used in what settings


In the Meantime....

  • Since the 1980’s the education system has been working towards inclusion throughout the individual’s school years



  • Our “kids” are used to doing what their friends and siblings do – classes, dances, sports, going to the mall, sleepovers, birthday parties, proms, graduation, etc.


  • ​So, when, at age 21, they graduate with their class – they expect to move on to college or work “like everyone else”
  • College campus “dorm” style living
  • Moving away from home (ie Mom and Dad)
  • Getting jobs and supporting themselves
  • Having meaningful relationships with peers
  • Interacting in the community they live in – i.e. church, city councils, pool, library, etc.
  • Living in a neighborhood with peers – i.e. when you have young children, you look for a community with good parks, schools and a safe neighborhood to live in with other children for yours to play with


  • We have the 22-30 year olds entering mainstream society wanting to live as independently as possible


  • We have those older adults - 81% of whom have been living with parents and siblings. The family caretakers are aging (The Gray Tsunami!) 


  • if anything were to happen to these family members, the adult with developmental disabilities is at risk of becoming homeless.

Please call us at:
360 460-6938


Olympic Peninsula Extended Needs Housing

818 South L St.

Pt. Angeles, WA  98363


The Home & Good Life Team kicked off the first phase of fundraising activities on June 25th with a Town Hall Meeting. Over 40 people were in attendance.  The meeting rolled out the "500 club" - A group of 500 donors willing to pledge $1,000 to the creation of the Why Not Us? Village.  If you would like to join the 500 Club, please contact us!

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