NC Disability Council Opening Applications for Roommate-Matching Service Project

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The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is seeking proposals for an initiative that will establish a roommate-matching service, platform, or portal that will help individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities ( I/DD) and their families find suitable and sustainable living arrangements, specifically a compatible roommate or a live-in caregiver in North Carolina.

North Carolina has experienced a caregiver/Direct Support Professionals (DSP) crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic where DSPs could not work for health and safety reasons or took higher-paying jobs. This initiative will help by:

  1. Establishing a roommate-matching service, platform, or portal that will help individuals with I/DD both lower their housing costs and find a compatible roommate who may also serve as a caregiver, a Direct Support Professional (DSP), a friend, a mentor, and more.
  2. Providing education on the potential tax and other benefits for live-in caregivers living with a person with I/DD as well as education on the benefits and other factors for people with I/DD to consider when choosing to live with a roommate.
  3. Helping stabilize the DSP crisis in North Carolina by providing opportunities for individuals with I/DD to live with their DSP or caregiver and have the support they need at home instead of relying on DSPs and caregivers who may come work in the home only whenever they are available.
  4. Help stabilize the DSP crisis in North Carolina by providing opportunities for individuals with I/DD to live with their DSP or caregiver and have the support they need at home instead of relying on DSPs and caregivers who may come work in the home only whenever they are available.

The Council will be having a Bidders’ Workshop on July 12 at 3pm via Zoom for those interested in applying.  Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by e-mail at RFAinfo@nccdd.org by July 11, 2022. The deadline to apply for this Request for Application (RFA) is August 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Information on steps to apply can be found here. Applications are welcomed from any university, non-profit, for-profit or government agency that demonstrates that their agency is qualified, responsible, and capable of conducting the activities described.

For more information, visit https://nccdd.org/roommaterfa

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