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Getting My Own Address news - April 2015
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Josh Stokes: Looking through the eye of the puzzle
sponsored by OU CARES 

Thursday April 16   

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.     


Oakland University

Oakland Center Building

Lake Michigan Room

Please RSVP


The Success is a Spectrum Conference
sponsored by AAoM

Friday April 17    

9 a.m.-3 p.m.   

Wayne County Community College District

Western Campus

Belleville MI 

Tickets $50/person

More information 


 Behavior is Communication with Sally Burton-Hoyle

sponsored by 

Michigan Alliance for Families

Friday April 17    

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(Sign-in at 9:30 a.m.)

Neighborhood Service Organization

8600 Woodward

Detroit MI 48202

Free parking in lot  

and on street  

For more information 



Understanding the Power of the IEP wtih Kelly Orginski 

sponsored by 

Michigan Alliance for Families

Tuesday April 28    

6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.   

(Sign-in at 5:30 p.m.)


Disability Network Oakland and Macomb

2nd Floor Conference Room

West Wing

23800 W. 10 Mile Road

Southfield MI 48033 

To register, please contact  

Jill Mazur Sknornicka at 248-557-5070 Ext. 112 or online 


Sensory Processing Treatment for Individuals with Challenging Behaviors

Thursday April 30   

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.    


Rochester Schools Administration Building

Harrison Room

501 W. University

Rochester MI

For more information contact Lynne Gilleland 



A Gateway to Building Fitness, Self Esteem and Relationships
sponsored by ASOC  

Saturday May 16   

9 a.m.-3 p.m.    

$30/person with lunch

Early Bird $25/person 

Space is limited, register by May 4



FAR's Fantastic  

Friday Night Parties  

 Monthly themed events include games, crafts, dancing, food and more.

 April 17: Safari

May 15: Talent show

June 19: Prom

All events are  

6:30-9 p.m.

Age 13 years and older

 Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If you would like to receive email invitations preceding each party, contact Sara Renke by email at srenke@FAR-therapy.org.

The cost of the parties is $10 and can be paid at the door.

New location:  

Knox Auditorium  

First Presbyterian Church

1669 W. Maple Road Birmingham, MI 


Avondale Activity Night

Friday, April 24

Friday, May 29

7- 9:30 p.m.

This event is for people with any disability who are 18 - 40 years old. No need to RSVP, but if you have questions call 248-537-6440. You do not need to be an Avondale resident to attend.

If your last name begins with A - L, please bring a snack to share. (No peanut products please.) If your last name begins with M - Z, please bring a 2-liter bottle of pop to share. No need to RSVP.  For questions, call Annette McAvoy 248-537-6440.


Happy spring! The updated GMOA Overview presentation is currently available. Please contact Linda Ronan Brown at Lbrown@chninc.net or 248-269-1346 to schedule a presentation or for other information on the GMOA program.

SSI/SSDI Online appeal process now available  


You can now upload documents online to file an appeal of your Social Security disability decision for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) when you are denied for medical reasons. This is designed to help speed up the time it takes to receive a decision from Social Security


The online Disability Appeal application lets you request an appeal, update your medical information and sign the medical release form. Social Security Administration (SSA) recommends that you gather all the information you need for your appeal before you start filling in the application. This may include:

  • Doctors, hospitals, medical treatments, and tests since you last gave SSA medical information
  • Medicines you are currently taking
  • Changes in your medical conditions, daily activities, work, and education
  • Supporting documents including forms, medical reports, and written statements

After you complete and submit your Disability Appeal application, SSA will give you a confirmation page that shows they received your Disability Appeal. You should print or save the receipt for your records.


You may also continue to appeal SSA disability decisions by finding and printing the necessary forms via SSA's Forms Page.  You can also call SSA's toll-free number, 800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. You can explain to a representative that you don't want to use the online appeal process, but you do want to appeal the decision made in your case. Representatives can send you the forms or schedule an interview. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call SSA's toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Refer to your denial notice to find out the kind of appeal you need to request.  


For additional information, see www.ssa.gov/disability/appeal.   


2015 Getting My Own Address  Support Group  


The Getting My Own Address Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month   

6-8 p.m. at

Community Housing Network offices 

570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084.  


The updated Getting My Own Address Overview will be presented Tuesday, April 21.


Since the Getting My Own Address (GMOA) Overview was first presented in October 2011, there have been many new developments in policies, funding and options for community housing for individuals with disabilities.


Are you or a family member just starting to think about what kind of living arrangement you would like to have in the future? Have you been actively working on a long-term housing plan, but need to learn more? Or, would you like to change your current living arrangement?


Please plan to attend this presentation for individuals, family members and their professional supports, of the up-dated GMOA Overview on Tuesday, April 21 at Community Housing Network, 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, 6-8 p.m.


Please RSVP to Linda Ronan Brown at Lbrown@chninc.net by April 20.


On Tuesday, May 19, the topic will be Housing Options: Family buys a house. A panel of parents will discuss their experiences establishing housing for a son/daughter with a disability by purchasing a house.


If you have any questions, please contact Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or Lbrown@chninc.net 

New subscription list for GMOA Support Group Notices


In an effort to provide support group notices only to those individuals who specifically want them, and to avoid sending them to people on our email list who are outside the area served by the current support group, we have established two separate subscription groups. 


Current subscribers to the GMOA e-newsletter who do not want to receive GMOA support group notices do not need to take any action.


If you receive the GMOA e-newsletter and want to continue to receive notice of GMOA support group meeting dates and topics, please sign up for the GMOA support group notices here.

Community Housing Network Available housing opportunities


Community Housing Network (CHN) actively seeks opportunities to work with local, state and federal entities to create new affordable housing stock, with an end goal of increasing the number of affordable housing units for people with disabilities and others in need of housing


Since 2001, we have created 786 units of affordable housing using a variety of resources, including: 

  • HUD Supportive Housing Program funding
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding
  • The Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program grant funding
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) program fundingAdditional national and local resources

There are housing opportunities currently available in Oakland and Macomb counties (see below) that may meet the needs of GMOA program participants or their families.

1.) Housing Vacancies for Individuals with Disabilities 


Oakland County

CHN has single vacancies in three scattered-site, residential homes in Oakland County for single adult individuals with a qualifying disability who meet HUD income guidelines..


Macomb County

CHN also has single vacancies in two scattered-site, residential homes in Macomb County for single adult individuals with a qualifying disability who meet HUD income guidelines.


If you are interested in more information, please contact Karla Chambers at 248-269-1321 or kchambers@chninc.net


2.) Oakland County
HOME Program

CHN is working with Oakland County's Community & Home Improvement Division in their Oakland County Program. This program is federally funded and is designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households. In this program, all homes undergo extensive rehab to ensure the home is free of all major maintenance concerns. This rehab work can consist of, but is not limited to, new roof, doors, flooring, kitchen appliances, plumbing and electrical, cabinetry, among other needed repairs. In addition, Oakland County grants each approved applicant homebuyer's assistance which helps fill the financial gap between mortgage loan and home purchase price. 


CHN has a limited number of available properties in its Oakland County HOME Program for individuals or families that meet certain criteria.

For more information or to apply for the program, please contact Anita Davis at adavis@chninc.net or 248-824-7315.



3.) Unity Park Rentals 


Located in southeast Pontiac's revitalized Unity Park neighborhood, these rental homes offer residents close proximity to downtown. The development consists of four two-bedroom homes, 16 three-bedroom homes and 12 four-bedroom homes, each with an attached garage. These upscale, new construction homes were completed in 2015. For detailed floor plans and availability, please visit www.unityparkrentals.com.


The homes will remain rental units for 15 years. At the end of the 15-year period, the residing tenants will have the option to purchase the property. Please refer to criteria for eligibility.


To apply or learn more about availability and leasing, contact Piper Management Group at 810-767-4890 or visit www.unityparkrentals.com.


Unity Park Rentals special needs units  

wait list is open!

Would you benefit from affordable, high-quality rental housing with supportive services? See if you qualify for one of the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) assistance homes within Unity Park.


Currently all special needs units are leased. To sign up for the waitlist for special needs units, please call Juanita at CHN at 248-824-7380 during the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to schedule an appointment to discuss your eligibility and to assist you with the application process.


For other housing resources, please contact Community Housing Network's Housing Resource Center at 866-282-3119.

Shared Resource for college students: We Connect Now website


Gabriela McCall Delgado, with the help of a grant, created the We Connect Now website to serve college students with disabilities while she was a college student. The goal is to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues, in particular, an emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment.


Check it out at: http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/  


  With support from:

Community Housing Network | Lbrown@chninc.net | 248-928-0111  | http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084