In 1991, Christina Young moved into her own home with the help of her parents, Richard and Joan Young. Christina moved out of her parents home into a group home where she lived for a number of years. Her journey of independence continued as she decided she would like to move into her own home and live by herself. She had decided that her privacy was something she valued.  This sparked an initiative which led to the formation of “My Own Home”. 

Christina passed away in 2018, but the initiative that led her to independence remains. Today, My Own Home continues to provide housing for disadvantaged individuals.  Single family homes are located in the Edison neighborhood or nearby, and administratively supported by Community Living Options.

For additional information about My Own Home, please contact Patrice Smith at 269-343-6355, Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

Alcott group home for adults with disabilities Kalamazoo
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If interested, please contact the CLO Administrative Office at (269) 343-6355 and ask to speak to a staff member about My Own Home openings.

My Own Home‘s core purpose is to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with assistance and options for obtaining and maintaining suitable, safe housing. Tenants pay rent based on a percentage of their income. CLO/My Own Home staff members then work with tenants on routine home maintenance issues. Individuals who have stability and confidence in their own abilities learn to rely more on themselves. Results: A stronger Kalamazoo community for all individuals.

MOH builds community by:

  • Offering alternative living options to families of persons with a disability or independent disabled individuals.
  • Breaking the cycle of “crisis living” for persons with a disability and their families by offering stable housing and comprehensive services.
  • Decreasing the number of homeless persons with disabilities in Kalamazoo County by providing empowering living situations.
  • Teaching tenants important budgeting and maintenance skills.
  • Increasing the number of renovated homes in Kalamazoo County.
  • Strengthening neighborhoods by maintaining clean, well-kept properties.

Our clients:

  • Are at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a disability which affects their ability to live without on-going support.
  • Are able to enter a lease agreement, understanding its requirements, either independently or with the support of family or guardians.
  • Have an identified arrangement for needed support services.
  • Have an income sufficient for the specific housing being considered.