LIMA — The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted Wednesday to approve the architectural specifications for a specialized home for autistic individuals with intensive needs.
“It’s individuals that need a high amount of supervision and a high amount of safety features in the home,” said Theresa Schnipke, superintendent of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “[Features will include] recessed lighting, rounded corners on countertops, a wide open space. One room will be a sensory room. So, the needs will be specific with individuals with autism.”
The home, located at 1208 E. North St., will house three young men with autism. Two have already been chosen as residents for the home. The third has yet to be chosen. Schnipke said to be considered, the third individual must have Medicaid waiver funding to live in the home. Individuals with home and community-based waivers will be probably be considered, but anyone with a young man with autism with intensive needs can contact the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities and they will assess the situation and see if they qualify, she said.
The young men living in the home will have 24/7 care available to them, Schnipke said. It’s a necessity because of their intensive needs.
The one-floor, four-bedroom home is being built in partnership with LODDI, Inc., a non-profit housing corporation proving housing to individuals with developmental disabilities. LODDI was granted the property by the Allen County Land Bank.
Schnipke said the base bid for the project will not exceed $300,559. Funding for the project was acquired through an Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Community Capital Assistance Fund grant of $247,500. Once the project is complete, LODDI will secure a mortgage for the remaining costs.
LODDI has 13 other properties rented out to individuals who utilize the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ services, but this will be the first property the corporation has built from scratch, said Jana McVetta, a liaison between the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities and LODDI.
“We were really hoping for Sept. 1st [completion date] but we know we’re not going to make that,” Schnipke said. “We’re aiming for the end of December now.”
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