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Getting My Own Address news -January 2016
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New group! Teen Asperger Friendship Club - teens/young adults within the ASD
Dates: February 13, no event in March, April 9, May 14, June 11
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, School and EC Center, 38900 Harper Ave., Clinton Township, 48036
Cost: $5/person at the door. Teen/young adult must be accompanied by a parent/care provider.  For more information: teenaspergerfriendshipclub@yahoo.com

ASOC Friendship Club Autism Social - for teens/young adults with ASD, Down syndrome, and PDD.
Dates: Saturdays, January 30, February 13
Time:  7-11 p.m.
Location:  St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R. Road, Troy 48085
Siblings should be at least 13 years. More information: www.autismsocial.weebly.com
OUCARES After Hours Adult Social - adults with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning Autism, PDD/NOS.
Dates: Tuesdays, January 19, February 16, March 15
Time:  6-9 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University Campus, Oakland Center
No registration required, come when you are able. Free.

OUCARES Evening Enrichment "Navigating Oakland County Community Mental Health Services & Supports for Individuals with ASD" 
Presented by representatives from OCCMHA. Discussion will include:
  • Explanation of the public mental health system
  • Eligibility process and determination for OCCMHA services
  • Information on Medicaid and MI Child Autism Benefit.
Date: Thursday, January 21
Time:  6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room
RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Life Solutions for Autism "Parent Empowerment Workshop: How to Plan for Your Child's Transition to Adulthood"
Presented by:  Karin Chandler and Kathy Johnson. Designed for parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism, ages 13 to 18.  Learn about the options available to your child after high school and the important issues to consider along the way. 
Date: Saturday, January 30
Time:  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:  Baker College of Flint, Room S128, Technology Center Bldg., 1050 W. Bristol Road, Flint, 48507
Please register by January 26th.  Register by phone, 810-742-5404, or email asggc@yahoo.com
Cost: $20 per person
Camp and Resource Fair with Micro-businesses
For families seeking information on educational, recreational and healthcare services and products that support children with special needs. 
Date: Thursday, January 28
Time:  6:30-9 p.m.
Location:  Groves High School, 20500 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

OUCARES Evening Enrichment "Achieving a Better Life Experience, The ABLE Act:  A Tax-Exempt Savings Account for Long-Term Needs of an Individual with a Disability" Presented by R. Scott de Varona, Michigan Department of Treasury, will discuss the Michigan ABLE Act and how it pertains to individuals with ASD and their families.
Date: Thursday, February 25
Time:  6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Oakland University, Oakland Center, Lake Michigan Room
Please RSVP by emailing oucares@oakland.edu or call 248-370-2424.

Macomb Township Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities 18  years + Must pre-register for the following three classes with Macomb Township Parks and Recreation. For more info, call Michelle (586) 992-2900 ext.#2908 or www.gomtpr.org

1.) Experimental art- We will explore, create, and get messy with all kinds of art media. All materials provided.
Dates: Two six-week sessions, January 13 - February 24; March 2 - April 20 (No Class March 9 and April 6)
Time: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Location: Macomb Township Recreational Center 20699 Macomb St., Macomb, MI. Off Broughton, off 25 Mile Road, two miles east of Romeo Plank.

2.) Healthy Eating - Presented by MSU Extension SNAP program. Learn about healthy food and drinks, menu planning, grocery shopping tips, cooking in the microwave and more.
Dates: Wednesdays, April 6-May 18
Time: 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Macomb Township Marvin Blank Senior Center
3.) Let's Get Moving - Incorporate skill building with fun, fitness and social time! All participants must have a caregiver who participates. Please wear indoor gym shoes.
Dates: Two six-week sessions, Thursdays January 14 - February 25; March 3 - April 21
Time: noon-12:45 p.m.
Location: Macomb Township Recreational Center, 20699 Macomb St., Macomb, MI. Off Broughton, off 25 Mile Road, two miles east of Romeo Plank.
Volunteers are needed.  Please contact Michelle for a volunteer application at dudam@macomb-mi.gov or 586-992-2900 EXT #2908.
Michigan Alliance - PTI in Oakland County "Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond" with Kelly Orginski,  is a free  workshop for families of students with an IEP and their team members. Basic information to help young adults plan for a transition to adulthood, including rights and responsibilities. Learn how high school classes and the school environment can help develop important skills and build pre-employment knowledge.
Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Location: Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, (Building 41 West - East Oakland Room), 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328. 
Register by January 26 with Jill Mazur Skornicka at 248-557-5070 x112, online, or jill.s@michiganallianceforfamilies.org
A light lunch will be served.
We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and wish you the very best in 2016!
Let us know if there is something you want to know more about!  GMOA@chninc.net
Community Housing Network's new website
We are pleased to announce that we have just launched our new website! The web address is still the same, www.communityhousingnetwork.org, but the look is updated and the navigation and usability are greatly improved. The site also has a more direct mechanism for registering and paying for GMOA presentations and buying the GMOA Guide. Please check it out!

Autism Speaks "House to Home" challenge
Do you have a great idea for creating housing for people with autism? Here is your chance to win some funds to make it happen.

Autism Speaks is inviting people from around the world, from any background to submit innovative, breakthrough ideas in the following three home and residential support solutions:
  • For individuals who require 24/7 support
  • For individuals who require daily support
  • For individuals who require weekly support

Prize Details: The best solution in each of these categories will receive a $50,000 USD prize. The total prize purse is $150,000 USD.

Application Instructions: Last date for submission is March 1, 2016. No entry fee is required.
Challenge Guidelines/ Registration Link: You may visit the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator.

Register for upcoming GMOA Overview Presentations
Taking part in a GMOA overview presentation is the best place to start learning and thinking about interdependent housing. It provides an introduction to the housing-planning process for people with disabilities including:
  • 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
Please plan to attend one of the following dates:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The presentations run from 7- 9 p.m. and will be held at: Community Housing Network Inc., 570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy, MI.
The cost is $30/person. Please register by 24 hours before each presentation at https://communityhousingnetwork.org/services/gmoa/gmoa-presentations/.
Please note: Seating is limited. Please pre-register before the deadline to hold your space. Your registration and payment will be confirmed through email. We reserve the right to cancel the presentation if registration fails to meet a minimum level of participation.
Interested in having a GMOA presentation in your area?
Please contact: Linda Ronan Brown at 248-269-1346 or LBrown@chninc.net to explore scheduling  either an agency-sponsored presentation or a group-hosted presentation (individually paid registration). A minimum level of participation is required.
Become an advocate

Many people with disabilities, require appropriate direct care and other supports to live in their own home.  Michigan, and most other states are experiencing significant cuts in Medicaid and the other state funding sources that pay for these services.
People with disabilities, their families, friends, and guardians must tell their stories and make sure their voices are heard by policy makers or they will continue to feel the effect of funding cuts.
What can you do?
  • Join the Parent Alliance of Metro Detroit at parentallianceofmetrodetroit@yahoo.com 
  • Create a group of advocates for your area.
  • Write a letter to your legislators and the Governor telling your story of how the funding cuts have affected you, a family member or a friend.
  • Attend local meetings held by your legislators.
  • Attend board meetings held by your community mental health authority and service providers to learn what is happening and to tell your story.
Do you want to learn more about being an effective advocate?

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care has a terrific Advocacy Toolkit and Archived Advocacy Skills Training Webinars Toolkit and Archived Advocacy Skills Training Webinars

Topics in the Toolkit include:
  • Crafting an Effective Advocacy Message
  • Tips on In-District Group Visits
  • Tips for Meetings on the Hill
  • Delivering an Effective Message via Traditional and Social Media
  • Basic Elements of a Press Release
  • Action Plan
Archived webinars:
  • Strategizing and Crafting an Effective Advocacy Message
  • Delivering Your Message in Person: The Nuts and Bolts of Meeting with a Key Decision Maker
  • Delivering Your Message: Utilizing Both Traditional Approaches and Social Media
  • How to Grow, Support, and Activate Your Network
Housing vacancies for individuals with disabilities 


Oakland County

We have a single vacancy at a residential, shared living home in Oakland County for a single adult individual with a qualifying disability who meets HUD income guidelines. 


Macomb County

We have a few single vacancies in 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



Wayne County

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


If you are interested in more information, please contact April Smith at 248-269-1327 or

  With support from:

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