Case for Support
In Virginia just like around the entire country there is a severe lack of adequate housing and employment opportunities for our largest segment of adults with special needs: those with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In fact, this population represents the largest group of persons (70%) with disabilities yet they have the fewest safe and productive choices within their community for living and working.
Too many of our family members and friends with intellectual disabilities have little to no choice in residential and employment opportunities. The current options are scarce, require that the person have a Medicaid waiver, and are not appropriate for their individual needs. Vanguard Landing was created to provide another option for persons and their families to choose from. One size does not fit all and everyone wants the chance to live a fulfilling life and some just need a little extra support to achieve this. Furthermore, the families of people with intellectual disabilities must cope with the fear and uncertainty of who will care for or provide support for their loved one after they are gone.
Virginia is currently ranked in the bottom group in the nation for funding for people with disabilities, and has been cited by the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) for lack of adequate funding to serve the most vulnerable citizens. The recent agreement with the DOJ will be an important step forward in increased funding for Medicaid waivers over a ten-year period, but with new people coming of age each year, the waiver program will remain insufficient in meeting the needs of these citizens.
The founders of Vanguard Landing want to help in meeting the needs of our fellow citizens with needs for support due to their intellectual and developmental disability. Vanguard Landing is going to follow in the footsteps of all of the progressive intentional communities around the country in offering another choice for our fellow citizens. Everyone has the right to choose from a variety of settings in which to live and work and Vanguard Landing will be another option for families to choose.
Vanguard Landing has several options for those that do not have a waiver and a rent/enforceable lease for those with a Medicaid waiver with the ability for them to choose their provider for support services. We are all about choice and support to live, work and be happy.