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
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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.
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.
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.