Frequently Asked Questions

What are the criteria for admission to the day or full residential program?

The Mission of Vanguard Landing is to provide residential, pre-vocational, employment and recreational opportunities for adults who have among all of their special gifts, an intellectual disability. An application packet for admission to either program will be submitted and the process will begin to determine if the candidate is a good fit for the program.

How many residents will the community accommodate?

When full built, Vanguard Landing will have 185 full-time residents on campus and an additional 50 day participants who will live off campus. Vanguard Landing will also have a handful of approved rental tenants who are neuro-typical adults in some of the one-bedroom row houses.

What are the age requirements for admission?

The minimum age is 18 or when they have graduated from high school and there are no maximum age limits. The intention is that our residents will stay with us as long as they wish and as long as we can meet their needs.

What is not included in the Rent/Services Fees?

The rent, via a lease and Supported Living Service Fees cover almost everything with the exception of: Medical Insurance, co-pays, medications, clothing, and travel.

Rent/Services Fees cover everything including a private room, private bathroom, food, utilities, all on campus activities and programs, including pre-vocational programming, transportation. Residents must have their own insurance. 

Your specific Rent/Services Fees will depend upon several factors. But generally the Rent/Services Fees will be between $4000-4500. Whether you will be paying privately or using your applicant’s Medicaid Waiver, many things go into your custom future plan for your family member.

How are potential residents being placed on the waiting list?

Admissions and Financial Fact Finder Packets are available via download or can be mailed to you. Click here to access them.

Step One: Complete both packets as completely as possible and mail back to Vanguard Landing. The applicant’s family will be notified that we have received it. If any main information is missing, it will slow your process down.

Step Two: The Financial Review begins as well as the Admissions Review Process to ensure all information is complete and correct to the standards we require to process for a confident acceptance. You will have several conversations with the VGL staff regarding all your information and we will assist you along the way.

Step Three: Upon acceptance, the family will again, be notified and will be sent an invoice for the initial fee. Once received, the applicant will be placed on our waiting list and the family will again, be notified.

What if a resident is accepted for the full program and is not ready to move there at the time the position becomes available?

Each case will be determined on an individual basis but an example would perhaps be that the accepted candidate is not ready at the time a room becomes available, then the person would go back on the waiting list and the next person on the list is offered the room.

There were rumors at one time that families could purchase a cottage and reside with their children. Is this true?

No, this has never been the plan. A family can sponsor a 5 bedroom cottage or a one bedroom rowhouse and name it in honor of someone or their family but they will not own the building.

We also will have opportunities for neuro-typical adults to apply to rent some of our one bedroom rowhouses.

Will there be any endowment funds established for future things?

We have three endowment funds that donors can contribute to: Scholarship, Maintenance and The Van Garden.

Will arrangements be made for transporting residents to medical appointments if a guardian / family member are not available or no long living?

Yes. Vanguard Landing will provide transportation to appointments and off-site employment when needed.

What are housing arrangements? How many live in a cottage?

Vanguard Landing will offer two different living arrangements: five-bedroom, one story cottages and one-bedroom, one-story rowhouses.

Will there be mixed living arrangements or separate homes for male/female?

The homes will be single gender. The exception would be a married couple renting a one-bedroom rowhouse.

Where did the idea for Vanguard Landing come from?

After researching innovative ideas for more options for the population we aim to serve, our Founder brought forth the idea to create an Intentional Community to Virginia. Vanguard Landing will be a new Intentional Community following in the footsteps of many forward-thinking communities around the country. Some have been around a long time and are full with wait lists and some are starting like Vanguard.

Will Vanguard Landing accept persons who have a Virginia Medicaid Waiver or will residents be private tuition only?

Vanguard Landing will be a fully licensed provider accepting residents and day employees both with or without waiver. Vanguard Landing will bill monthly according to the plan the family sets up.