United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham 101 Oslo Circle ...


United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham 101 Oslo Circle ...

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UCP of Greater Birmingham currently owns and

manages seven accessible Section 811 condominiums

in the Homewood area. With the rental subsidies

provided by HUD, the condominiums can be offered

at a below-market rental rate, making them not only

accessible, but also affordable. Through the Community

Concepts program, UCP of Greater Birmingham

continues to make efforts to provide safe, affordable,

accessible housing for persons with disabilities.

hoUsinG resoUrCe Center

The Housing Resource Center was established in

2004 to address the housing needs of persons with

disabilities. The center provides training, public

awareness and education, serving as an information

and referral source for disability related issues.

Two training programs are offered state-wide through

the Housing Resource Center. Disability 101 is a

basic explanation of the special needs and limitations

that must be considered in the area of housing for

persons with disabilities. This program is tailored for

persons in the housing profession who work with

persons with disabilities. Housing 101 is an introduction

to housing options for persons with disabilities or

their family members.

The Community Living Program spearheads state-wide

and local meetings designed to address the critical

needs most people with disabilities face in regard to

housing. These meetings have led to the formation

of the Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama

(LIHCA), involving persons from all aspects of life in

Alabama, with a special focus on affordable, accessible


United Cerebral Palsy

of Greater Birmingham

101 Oslo Circle

Birmingham, AL 35211

(205) 943-5200 or (800) 654-GIVE


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Th e Community Living Program provides supportive

services in the area of housing to help persons with

disabilities live as independently as possible in safe,

affordable, and accessible housing.

resPite serViCes

UCP of Greater Birmingham’s Respite Program off ers

respite through a voucher system allowing families to

hire caregivers of their choice and respite through home

health agencies providing nurses or nursing assistants

for children requiring specialized care.

Voucher respite is designed to allow families to choose

their caregivers, off ering fl exibility of when, where and

how much respite is provided. Families of children

with special needs under the age of 19 are eligible to

apply. Home health respite is available for families of

children requiring specialized care. Grants are made on

a fi rst-come fi rst-serve basis until funds are depleted.

UCP of Greater Birmingham works in conjunction

with UCP of Northwest Alabama to provide funding

to families who qualify in 27 counties in Central and

North Alabama with funding provided through the

Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama.

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in-home sUPPort serViCes

In-Home Support Services are typically provided in

the home of the individual (or their family’s home) to

assist the individual with activities of daily living,

providing support to the individual and to their

primary caregiver(s). By providing In-Home Support

services, UCP can assist individuals to stay in their

own homes longer thereby living fuller, more meaningful

lives. Studies have shown that as a caregivers’ stress

level increases the quality of care they provide decreases.

By receiving assistance in their duties caregivers report

a decrease in the level of their stress, their health often

improves and the quality of care their family member

receive improves. Th e individuals receiving services

and their families are encouraged to actively participate

in the process of selecting caregivers. By partnering

with UCP in determining who will provide direct

care services, individuals are empowered to choose the

employee who best suits their needs.

To be eligible, an individual must qualify for the

Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver

and be referred by the Region II East Community

Services offi ce, a division of the Alabama Department

of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

in-home sUPPort serViCes

In-home support services include:

• Assistance with eating

• Personal hygiene

• Meal preparation

• Housekeeping chores (when specifi ed in

the plan of care)

In addition, other service options may include access

to activities and programs in the community and

training on activities of daily living.

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