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Creative Housing Models

“Our goal is to assist each person we serve with living a personally meaningful and enjoyable life.”

Over the past 3 decades, Cooperative for Human Services has developed many creative and innovative housing models that meet the individualized needs and preferences of adults with special needs and their family members. Our core values and person-centered philosophy is evident in all of our homes and supports which:

At CHS, we provide services using a team approach. Our managers, support staff and clinicians work in partnership with each individual, their family members and friends to fulfill each person’s dream of living in 'a home of their own.' Individuals are encouraged to make positive and healthy decisions that are consistent with the goals they establish.

24 Hour Residential Model:

At Cooperative for Human Services a typical 24 hour residential home serves 4 to 5 adults matched by age, interests, preferences, compatibility and support service needs. Most of our homes are located in eastern Massachusetts communities within urban or residential neighborhood settings. Staff supports vary depending on the needs and desires of the individuals served.

In this model, each individual served has his or her own bedroom. Most homes also have at least 2 bathrooms. Most of our homes are also fully accessible. Homes are located near public transportation when available. Each residence also has an agency vehicle for community access to attend appointments, social/recreational activities and events.

The home's common areas include:

Individual Supports Model:

At Cooperative for Human Services, we believe that home is the touchstone for each one of us as we venture out into the world to pursue our dreams. Home is a safe haven; a comfortable place to relax and enjoy favorite belonging to your community and being welcomed at the local library, gym or grocery store.

Our Individual Support Program provides flexible services (part or full time) that help people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities successfully transition to and maintain independent living in the community. Individuals can live alone, with a housemate(s) of their own choosing or share a home with a non-disabled support person.

Cooperative for Human Services’ success comes from our ability to establish long-term, trusting relationships with each of the people we serve and their family members. Most importantly, it is the knowledge that we are always available, either by phone or in person that allows each person served to build confidence in themselves and their ability to live independently.

Support services are designed to meet each person's needs;

Services available:

The Individual Supports program offices and Community Center are located in Malden, MA. The Community Center serves as a place where individuals are encouraged to gather and build peer connections; share information and resources; and connect to other community services, including volunteer opportunities.

Passages Transitional Living Model:

The CHS Multi-Family Residential Living Model provides a flexible, cost effective and inclusive community living experience for individuals with varying supports needs. In this model, CHS oversees multiple separate housing units within one residential setting, such as a 2, 3 or 4 family home, an apartment building, or a condominium community. Individuals served live in their own home, but share staff, amenities and support services, designed to meet each person’s unique needs.

For example, CHS has a 2 family home in Arlington, MA that serves 4 adults with disabilities. One unit is a 24 hour staffed residence for 2 individuals who have significant support needs. A full time, live-in CHS manager resides in this unit and is also responsible for supporting 2 housemates who live independently in the home’s other unit. Individuals in both homes often share meals and activities with each other, as well as certain recreation, sports and leisure events out in the community.



Choices (Agency with Choice) Model:

In this service model, participants and their families co-manage services provided in the family home in partnership with CHS. The Choices Model is designed to supplement other services for individuals living at home with their families or as an alternative to traditional residential and day program service models. Respite care, community services, recreation and social services are available, as well as homemaker, educational and behavioral services.

Services also include:

CHS staff develop solid working relationships with individuals, family members and guardians—a critically important component that assures the best life plan for your family member. At CHS we all have A PASSION FOR WHAT'S POSSIBLE.

There is a world of possibilities for people with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives within their communities. At the Cooperative for Human Services, our passion is to explore and achieve those possibilities with each person we serve. We know from experience that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities flourish and grow with the right supports and care—from staff, friends and family members.

Creative Financing

Everyone deserves to have a home of their own. Home is a safe haven; a comfortable place to relax and enjoy favorite activities; and a place to entertain friends and family. Home is also about making new friends, belonging to your community and being welcomed at the local library, park or grocery store.

Using a combination of fee for service, housing subsidies and government funds, our goal is to partner with each person served and their family members to develop an individually designed, person-centered, quality community living experience. At CHS, individuals and families can expect that our dedicated staff will actively work with each family in a confidential and professional manner to develop and deliver services that meet your current and future support needs.

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Contact us to find out more about what’s possible:

Janice Ellis, Director of Clinical Supports
Cooperative for Human Services, Inc.
420 Bedford Street, Suite 100
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 538-4626 x 230