Individual Support Services (ISS)

Individual Supports and Services (ISS) is a housing subsidy program that assists individuals with developmental disabilities that are looking for alternatives to the traditional group home setting.

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This program serves individuals with developmental disabilities that are ready to leave certified community or institutional facilities, living at home with parents or who are homeless. A priority of United Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County, Inc. is to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in planning and managing their own support.Individuals in this program do not require intensive supervision and typically live alone or with friends or family in apartments in the community. The ISS program provides funds to pay for housing costs, and on a limited basis, for such things as food, transportation, and clothing.

This program focuses on providing support to individuals in housing they control. Programs like ISS assist individuals in choosing independent living options through rent subsidies for homes outside of the certified group setting. Housing stipends are based on the individual’s income. Eligible individuals are expected to contribute only 30% of their countable income toward housing expenses. The housing stipend may be applied towards an individual’s mortgage, Condo/Co-op fees, and other direct housing cost as well as for rent and utilities.

As an ISS provider agency, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County, Inc. facilitates, to the extent agreed upon by the participant, the following services: Community outreach, assistance in housing negotiation, eligibility determinations, and implementation of the individual’s support plan.