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A home to share
A Home to Share

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is A Home to Share? 

AHTS is residential housing for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD).  A Home to Share, Inc. Is a non-profit organization that provides homes where adults with IDD can live together with their non-disabled peers in a cooperative family environment of harmony, comfort, safety and dignity. 

How is AHTS funded? 

The monthly rent paid by the tenants covers their room and board which includes utilities, food, and standard expenses such as taxes, insurance and maintaining the property.  Expenses for improvements, administrative operations and staff, community building activities and long-term projections are covered through fund-raising activities, grants and donations that support the mission. 

Is assistance sourcing financial aid available?

Residential applicants with intellectual/developmental disabilities generally qualify for direct support services through state and local agencies.  Those residents who qualify for Section 8 vouchers must pursue their eligibility through Housing Works.  AHTS does not serve as an agent or advocate for obtaining individual financial aid.  

What recreational opportunities are offered in conjunction with AHTS?

Recreational opportunities are available through Sisters Park and Recreation District as well as multiple local groups who offer outings and activities for the Sisters community. 

What is the protocol in an emergency, and how can I be assured residents will follow it?

 The Sisters Fire Department has offered to provide training and set up evacuation plans for the residents in the event of a fire emergency.  Land line telephones have been installed to insure easy access for 911 calls. Random review and practicing these procedures are the best ways to insure compliance. 

Does AHTS have a security protocol that prevents strangers from entering the home?   What measures are in place to keep residents safe? 

AHTS has installed door locks on the residences for security.  Persons who are frequent visitors, support workers and assistants have access to the home with their personal codes for the entry lock.  A list of authorized visitors with their photos are posted in each home.  Contractors or other visitors must have pre-approval from the residents to enter the home and must be accompanied by an authorized visitor or resident.

How can I be assured my adult child won’t subsist on junk food? 

AHTS does not provide personal care or supervision over the individuals who reside in our homes. But in order to support the mission of living "together in a cooperative family environment of harmony, comfort, safety, and dignity", AHTS recognizes that eating healthy food and sharing nutritious meals are essential for building a healthy community. Therefore the food purchased with funds provided by AHTS cannot be "junk food".  AHTS has many resources available to assist the residents in choosing grocery items and meal preparation that enhances their well-being, including volunteer cooks, nutritionists, and access to cooking classes.  

What qualifies one to apply for residency at AHTS? 

AHTS accepts applications from individuals with and without intellectual disabilities.  The individuals must be able to live independently with minimal supports and must desire to live in a cooperative, family environment.   

How are residents transitioned as new members of the AHTS family?  

Prior to becoming a resident, applicants will have several opportunities to visit the home and participate in activities with the existing residents. These visits provide a chance for determining whether or not the individuals are compatible.  Prior to moving in, a new resident will meet with all the other residents with the Community Development Coordinator and Behavioral Consultant to review house rules and policies to insure understanding and acceptance in carrying them out. House meetings are conducted weekly to insure that the transition is going well for all members of the household. A weekly "No Cook Night" is set aside for all residents to celebrate together and share in a fun activity.  

How long does the application process usually take? 

The application process takes a minimum of 6 weeks.  This assumes that the application form is complete and all services are in order to support the applicant who needs special assistance. The application time might be extended to insure that background checks are approved and the daily schedule is in place (i.e. job placement, volunteer activities, recreation schedule, etc.) prior to moving in.  Potential residents might need additional time in order to make a gradual transition.  Generally, it's been taking 2-3 months in order to complete the process.

What is the relationship between AHTS residents and the community of Sisters?   Are there specific volunteer opportunities AHTS offers to the community? 

A Home to Share’s residence is centrally located in the City of Sisters which makes it easy for residents to access all the local events. Sister’s community offers a vibrant music scene, abundant recreational opportunities, and annual events such as the Sisters Rodeo, the Sisters Quilt Show and Sisters Folk Festival. Residents of A Home to Share contribute their services as volunteers to these annual events and are welcome participants in the Sisters Community. Likewise, AHTS has relied on several individuals and local organizations to develop our home and prepare for occupancy.  Our neighbors have shown overwhelming support for AHTS and continue to offer their services to meet the needs of the residents.

Do we have a Facebook page????

YES! There’s a link on our home page, www.AHomeToShare.com.

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