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Community Events
Avondale Skill Activity Night
Open to Oakland County adults with disabilities up to age 35.Come dance, draw, eat, play and be with friends!
Dates: April 22, 2016 and
June 3, 2016
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: 1435 W. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills 48309 
If your last name begins with the letter A-J
please bring a 2 liter bottle of pop.
If your last name begins with the letter K-Z
Please bring a snack (chips, cookies, etc.).
Any questions, please call
Susan Jackson at 248-537-6440

Holiday Party for teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 15 and older at OUCARES
Date: Saturaday, December 5
Time: 7-10p.m.
Oakland University, Oakland Center, Banquet Room A (map)
This event is offered to encourage independence. There will be dancing, a DJ, caricaturist, Sumo Suits, games and pizza.
$10 per person. No registrations accepted at the door. There is a $10 registration fee for any parent/caregiver who attends. Register online at www.oakland.edu/oucares (click "events")
Note: For this program, the parent/caregiver is not required to remain on the premises unless participant requires one on one support. For more information, contact OUCARES at 248-370-2424 or  

Autism ASK Support Group Meetings
Location: Autism ASK, 4345 Meigs Ave., Waterford 48329
All three meetings are free.
For more information or to register for a group, please contact Bonny Pomeroy at
248-881-5236 or bonnypomeroy@gmail.com
1.) Parents and Caregivers Support Group
Dates: December 12
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
 2.) Women with Asperger's/High Functioning ASD Support Group
Dates: December 5
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 3.) Men with Asperger's/High Functioning ASD Support Group
DatesDecember 19
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
FAR's Fantastic Friday Night Parties
Ages: 13 years and older.
Dates: December 18 - Holiday Party
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Knox Auditorium, 1669 W. Maple Road Birmingham
Monthly themed events include games, crafts, dancing, food and more.
The cost of the parties is $10 and can be paid at the door. 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 .
Oakland County Adaptive Recreation
Jingle Bell Ball
Date: December 9 
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Waterford CIA, 5640 Williams Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48329
Dinner, dancing and visit with Santa. For individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Cost is $10 per participant. Jingle Bell Ball event flyer.

Almost New Year's (two locations)
Dinner, dancing and countdown. For individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities. Cost is $10 per person.
Lathrup Village Community Center, 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076

Date: December 29 
Time: 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (two separate times)
Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
Date: December 30
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Autism Society Oakland County Friendship Club Social
Dates: Saturdays, January 30, April 30, May 28, 2016
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: St Anastasia Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy
The Friendship Club Autism Social takes place almost every month. Activities include: video games, ping pong, basketball, floor hockey, board games and a DJ! Parents and siblings (12 and older) are welcome. 

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and a holiday season filled with joy!
Save the date! Getting My Own Address Overview Presentation is December 2
The GMOA Overview is a two hour introduction to the housing planning process for you, and/or your family, guardian(s), and professionals. Topics covered include:
  • Making housing goals using the Person-Centered Planning process and Self-Determination principles 
  • Creating a housing budget, including private and public funding sources
  • Deciding the appropriate level of direct care and other supports
  • Options for affordable housing through renting or buying
  • Finding a roommate to share housing costs and companionship 
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Community Housing Network
 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231
 Troy, MI 48084

Please register 
at www.communityhousingnetwork.org/donate, by December 1. Choose contribution for GMOA Overview Presentation then fill in payment of $30/person. Please note: Seating is limited. Please pre-register before the December 1 deadline to hold your space. We reserve the right to cancel if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation.
ABLE Act legislation signed into law in Michigan

On October 28, Michigan took a step closer to providing Michigan families with assistance in saving for disability-related expenses, when the Michigan Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Act) was signed into law. It becomes effective January 26, 2016.
The state treasurer is already working on identifying the entity or entities that will manage the Michigan ABLE savings program. Once the management contracts are in place and the Michigan ABLE savings program agreement is approved by the treasurer, individuals with disabilities that were diagnosed before the age of 26 will have access to the new planning option.
The Act authorizes ABLE savings accounts to be used to pay for "qualified disability expenses" related to education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management, legal fees and other expenses.
Social Security has confirmed that it recognizes the intent of the ABLE Act to allow use of the funds in ABLE savings accounts to pay for housing expenses without effecting Supplemental Security Income payments. This will make ABLE accounts an important tool to consider when planning sustainable housing for a person with disabilities.
The new Michigan law also creates a Michigan tax exemption for contributions to and interest earned on an ABLE savings account with a deduction cap of $5,000 for a single return or $10,000 for a joint return. Please note, that while interest on an ABLE savings account is tax exempt for federal taxes, there is no federal exemption for contributions.
2016 Scheduled GMOA Overview Presentations
           Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016    
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time: 7- 9 p.m.

Where: Community Housing Network, Inc.
     570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231
            Troy, MI 48084

Cost: $30
Please note: Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required the day before each scheduled presentation at www.communityhousingnetwork.org/donate. Choose contribution for "GMOA Overview Presentation" then fill in payment of $30/person. We reserve the right to cancel if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation.

For questions, please contact: Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or Lbrown@chninc.net . You can find 2016 GMOA Presentations scheduled here: GMOA Support Group Presentations
GMOA Support Group  
In an effort to use our resources most efficiently we are going to a new schedule for the GMOA support group. The meetings will now be held on the third Tuesday of the months of September, November, March, and May only.
We want to be responsive to your needs. Please contact us at gmoa@chninc.net with your input on topics, speakers, location, and day of the week to meet.
New schedule: Third Tuesday of September, November, March, and May ONLY
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Community Housing Network
570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084
Next meeting will be March 15, 2016. Topic to be determined, with your input, please. 
For details about the GMOA program, the GMOA guide, and presentations, visit this link. If you have any questions please contact Linda Ronan Brown at (248) 269-1346 or LBrown@chninc.net.

Housing vacancies for individuals with disabilities 
Oakland County
CHN has a single vacancy in one of our four scattered-site, residential homes in Oakland County for a single adult individual with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 
Macomb County
CHN has a single vacancy in a scattered-site, residential homes in Macomb County for a single adult  with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 

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

Wayne County
CHN has single vacancies in four of our shared housing, residential homes in Wayne County, for a single adult individual with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 

  With support from:

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