Housing for Adults with Autism

Housing Resources

Toolkits & Supports

Arc and New Supportive Housing Workbook for Individuals with DD & Their Families

John Fallon, Senior Program Manager
312.332.6690 Ext. 21, cell: 773.719.4601

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) officially released a new resource for individuals with developmental disabilities and families to create another option for housing in their local community. The workbook lays out a framework to define the type of housing you want to create and to help you decide exactly what type of housing a person with IDD might want to live in and what support is needed to create that housing and supports. If that model does not exist and you will need to form a collaboration for community support, this workbook helps you to create a project in your community. The shared model of advocacy is the model that the NAMI Housing Task Force helped to create in the northwest suburbs as they insisted that the communities come together and create this housing. For more information on the approach and help organizing in your community, please contact.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
Offers resources help communities create and model cost-effective supportive housing to address many challenges including homelessness, unnecessary institutionalizations, mental health needs, substance use recovery, crime, family separations and poverty

Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit 

Provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services.

List of Charities That Help with Moving Expenses

Most of the programs that offer help with moving costs are focused on low-income individuals and families. Your first step is to reach out to moving assistance programs in your community. Get help with moving costs from these charities and assistance programs.

Living Alone & Housing Resources for People With Autism

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities: MOPD's Disability Resource Unit 
Personal Assistance Program

121 N LaSalle St Chicago IL 60602
MOPD Field Office
2102 West Ogden Avenue Chicago, IL. 60612

Get assessed The Personal Assistance Program allows qualified individuals with disabilities who live in the city of Chicago to receive in-home services. Services are limited to six (6) hours per week and include but are not limited to: Personal health care such as hygiene and grooming, Housekeeping tasks, (laundry, washing dishes, mopping, sweeping, etc.), Money management, (budgeting, paying bills, etc.), Shopping, Assistance with preparing meals, Help with other daily living tasks that will enable the client to live independently.

Furniture & Clothing Acquisition Support

Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance

Address: 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois

Provides free or low cost clothing, household wares and personal hygiene kits. This charity may also have financial aid for bills, but most of the aid is material. This may be back to school uniforms, bags, coats, and other free supplies for students in Cook County. More on Catholic Charities in Chicago.

Chicago and Cook County Furniture Bank

Address is 4801 S. Whipple Street Chicago, IL 60632

This is a client choice furniture bank. Thousands have been assisted over multiple years. Low income families, veterans, single mothers, etc. who qualify can pick out what they need. Lamps, refurnished computers, beds, mattresses, mirrors, pots and pans for a kitchen, appliances and dozens of other free furniture items may be offered - based donations.

Chicago Free Furniture Bank

4800 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, Il, 60644
Main number is 312-752-0211

The non-profit collects, and then passes out, free furniture to the needy. Beds, couches, tables, sofas, bed frames, appliances, pianos, and even clothes are offered.

Goodwill Industries


Distributes household items, clothing, furniture, work attire, and more. Donations are needed by Goodwill, and this non-profit also helps job seekers. Free suits, dresses, slacks, and other items can be passed out.

Salvation Army 

Locations throughout Chicago and surrounding areas

A leading social service organization in Chicago and Cook County Illinois., the Salvation Army offers a number of programs, including a clothing closet, food pantry, Christmas assistance, and financial help for bills and rent. Some sites also distribute free furniture. There are also free back to school supply drives with backpacks, laptops and more. Specialists will try to address the root cause of the hardship. Read more on free assistance programs from Chicago Salvation Army.

Residential Programs


Ada S. Mckinley Community Services

1359 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.554.0600
Email: info@adasmckinley.org

Child: Head Start & Early Learning, educational services, and clinical services.

Adult: Programming includes day programs, employment services, and residential housing.

Alan G. Ryle & Companies

4102 Belmont Pt Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: (800) 880-6571

Alan G. Ryle Companies offers two types of residences for individuals with developmental disabilities: ICF/DD (Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) and Home CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement).

Association for Individual Development (AID)

309 New Indian Trail Court Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 966-4000
email: info@the-association.org

AID offers support to Kane and Kendall county families of children and adults with disabilities.

Adult services include: in-home care for training and support (through Adult Waiver), vocational training, skill training, paid work opportunities, community integration and employment to individuals. Additionally, day program services (The STARS Program & the Autism Program) focused on active community integration, volunteer work and fitness activities for participants and residential services are available. Visit website or FAQ for more detailed information.

Charleston Transitional Facility

6775 Prosperi Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: (708) 429-1260

CTF provides as close to a natural home environment as possible integrated into the community. These Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) offer 24-hour supervision and assistance by staff trained in a DHS-approved curriculum.

Chileda Institute

1825 Victory St. LaCrosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 782-6480
Email: info@chileda.org

Primary focus on developmental disabilities, attachment disorders and behavioral challenges with specialization in autism and traumatic brain injury (dual issues such as cognitive and seizure disorder issues accepted).


1815 W. Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28

Clearbrook’s 35 CILAs are located in the following communities: Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Elk Grove, Glenview, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Skokie, Wheeling and Wilmette.

Cumberland Hospital, LLC

P. Gay Brooks, CEO
9407 Cumberland Road New Kent, VA 23124
Phone: (800) 368-3472

ISBE approved. Provides specialized care for young people whose disabilities, injuries or lifelong illnesses are compounded by behavioral problems. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Program's primary philosophy: cognitive-behavioral techniques.

Ages: 13-21 years
Cost: Accepts Illinois Medicaid
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become as independent as possible, while also providing support and resources for family members. Adult services include: behavior support, day programming, CILA/Residential support, employment services (training and job placement), recreation and respite care.

El Valor

Main Office: (312) 666-4511
Email: info@elvalor.net

  • Cicero: 2434 S Kildare Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
  • Pilsen: 1951 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
  • South Chicago: 3050 E 92nd St, Chicago, IL 60617

Child: Early Intervention, Head Start, Preschool and programming for early childhood

Adult: Programming includes day programs, vocational training and long-term residential housing

Futures Unlimited, Inc.

210 E Torrance Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (708) 636-0054

Futures Unlimited assists individuals in Livingston County as they achieve independence and develop the skills needed to live and work successfully in our community.

Garden Center Services

10444 Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: (773) 941-4151
Email: info@gardencenterservices.org

Residential services, regular work program, community work services, respite, transportation, other programs: socialization, exercise, arts & crafts, shopping, cooking, special olympics.


3504 Commercial Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-5111
CILAS throughout Lake County and Northern Cook counties.

Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: Provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting; 

Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: Provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment.

Good Shepherd Manor

P.O. Box 260 Momence, IL 60954
Phone: (815) 472-3700
Email: info@goodshepherdmanor.org

Not-for-profit, serves the needs of men with developmental disabilities; offer residential services, vocational programs, day programs, and medical services.

Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI)

415 S. Kilpatrick Ave. Chicago, IL 60644
Phone: (773) 261-2252
Email: hsi@habilitative.org

Agency includes four types of care centers: behavioral health care center, children and family services care center, disabilities management care center, residential care center.

Helping Hand Center

9649 W 55th St Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (708) 352-3580
Email: info@hhcenter.org

Adult Day Program, Employment Services and Residential Housing Services to adults, age 18 and over. Residential in homes in the community. They have a variety of Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) in South Suburban Cook County.

Horizon House of Illinois Valley Inc

2000 Plank Road Peru, IL 61354
Phone: (815) 223-4488

Horizon House provides a variety of residential and day services ranging from full 24-hour residential support, to intermittent in-home and employment supports, as well as day services.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children

Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-8500

The Hughes Center offers a residential treatment program for males and females, ages 10 – 22, who have been diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are experiencing significant social and behavioral difficulties within the home, school, and community environments. Our team works diligently to challenge residents to apply learned skills within new environments and situations.

Keshet (My Life)

600 Academy Drive Suite 130 Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-1234

My Life is Keshet’s residential program. It is designed to allow residents to become fully active members of the community in a warm and caring home that promotes independence and a meaningful life.

Individual Advocacy Group (IAG)

1289 Windham Parkway Romeoville, IL 60446
Phone: (630) 759-0201
Email: info@individualadvocacygroup.com

IAG’s CILA Program has grown to provide 24 Hour In-Home supports to more than 80 CILA sites (all individually controlled) from Cook County to Rock Island County to Sangamon County.


19043 Wentworth Ave Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 474-1540
Email: larclansing@sbcglobal.net

Provides day program, employment and residential supports and services that promote quality, dignity, and choice and will assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve outcomes of independence in their lives.

LIFE, Inc.

550 Lincoln Road Extension Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 790-3600
Email: info@lifecapecod.org

LIFE is focused on enhancing program quality and addressing the evolving needs of its residents as they proceed through the stages of their adult lives.

Little City - Adult Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510

700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
Email: pboheme@lilfriends.com

Services include evaluation and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, including psychological, speech, occupational therapy, and social skills. Additionally, residential services are available to both children and adults needing more supported care.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Greer Ann Hamblet, Program Coordinator
4840 W. Byron Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Email: greerann.hamblet@lssi.org

Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities.

Macon Resources, Inc (MRI)

2121 Hubbard Ave Decatur, IL 62524
Phone: (217) 875-1910
Email: mrievents@maconresources.org

MRI owns and operates nine group homes for people with intellectual disabilities. These homes are CILA homes. There are four to eight people in each home with full time daily support staff.


(630) 593-5500

Locations in: 

  • Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Maryville Academy

Maryville Residential Treatment Center, Maryville St. George Program
1150 N. River Road Des Plaines, IL 60016
(630) 736-7451 (intake)

Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, intellectual disabilities, self-harm, sexually acting out, autism, trauma. Multiple levels of care: moderate & severe; parenting & pregnancy teen DCFS ward section for those with children. Maryville also has inpatient psychiatric child, adolescent, young adult (18-22 years) & a deaf and hard of hearing program.

Intake (847) 768-5347
Average stay is 12-18 months.
Ages: 12-21 years (males); 12-21 years (females).

Milestone, Inc.

4450 N. Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103
Adult: (815) 639-2955
Email: tjindrich@milestone-inc.org

Provides long-term care for children who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability serving children in CILA's and the entire state of Illinois for individuals 6-22 years. Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available

Misericordia Heart of Mercy

6300 N. Ridge Avenue Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 973-6300

Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.


1111 S. Alpine Rd Suite 401 Rockford, IL 61108
Phone: (815) 387-8390

Mosaic has served people with developmental disabilities since 1983 when the first group home was opened. Services were extended to Bushnell, and by the 1990s, nine more group homes were opened.

Moving Forward Towards Independence

68 Coombs Street, Building B Napa, CA 94559
Phone: (707) 259-1125

Moving Forward Towards Independence is a residential program offering transitional and independent living support to adults with developmental, learning and autism spectrum disabilities.

Neumann Family Services

5547 N Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-4313
Email: info@neumannfamilyservices.org

Provides residential, career, day, clinical, support, medical clinic, and case management. Provides developmental training (DT) program for persons with autism.

New Hope Center, Inc.

443 Manhattan Street Chilton, IL 53014
Phone: (920) 849-9351
Email: info@newhopeinc.org

New Hope has seven housing opportunities for individuals ranging from state licensed facilities to in-home care. They also have supported home care, which staffs well trained professionals to assist individuals.

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

411 W Chicago Ave Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-1050
Email: info@oak-leyden.org

Adults with developmental disabilities learn skills to live as independently as possible within home and community settings.

Open Door Rehabilitation Center

405 S Wells St Sandwich, IL 60548
Phone: (815) 786-8468

The mission of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center is to provide vocational, residential, day and community support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, in order to increase or maintain skills in the least restrictive environment and to help people achieve their maximum potential.

Opportunity House

357 N. California Street Sycamore, IL 
Phone: (815) 895-9840

Not-for-profit, provides job placement, supported employment, work services, developmental training, special olympics, recreation, residential living, and respite.

Orchard Village

7660 Gross Point Road Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-1800
Email: ov@orchardvillage.org

We serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities through our Residential, Vocational, Intermittent, Transition, Respite, Specialized Services, Orchard Academy and Seniors programs.

Ottawa Friendship House

1718 N. 2525 Road Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 434-0737
Email: friends@ottawafriendship.com

Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through informed choice and empowerment, continued education, recreation, paid work training, living supports, community integration, and community employment.

PACTT Learning Center

7101 N. Greenview Ave Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 338-9102
Email: info@pactt.org

To assist children and adults ages 18 and older in reaching their potential, PACTT offers 24-hour residential care in a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA).  Each group home houses 8 individuals with a primary diagnosis of autism.

Park Lawn

10833 S. LaPorte Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 425-7377
Email: info@parklawn.com

Park Lawn provides various residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Each is attuned to the individual needs and capabilities of the residents.

Pioneer Center for Human Services

4031 W Dayton St McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 344-1230

Our goal is to help individuals live as independently and productively as possible throughout their lives, while receiving the support they need to live safely.

Progressive Careers and Housing

20180 Governors Drive Suite 300 Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Phone: (708) 283-1530

Our CILA homes offer a variety of housing options as well as comprehensive services to encourage individuals to grow and further their independence.

Rainbow Acres

2120 W. Reservation Loop Road Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone: (928) 567-5231
Email: info@rainbowacres.com

A not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. A private-pay assisted living community for individuals 18 years and above with developmental disabilities.

Ray Graham Association

901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500 Lisle, IL 60532

Works with people with disabilities to provide residential, life skills, life coaching, day program, employment, recreational and family support services.


1265 Hartrey Avenue Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 328-4090

Our 18 residential homes are spread throughout Chicagoland, with the majority of our homes centered in Evanston. Each residence is gender-specific and home to 3-8 individuals, with no more than 2 residents per room.

Riverside Foundation

14588 West Highway 22 Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Phone: (847) 634-3973

Group homes let residents live independently with assistance in a supportive, cooperative environment and provide neighborhood living and a sense of community.

Sertoma Centre, Inc 

4343 W. 123rd Street Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 371-9700
Email: info@sertomacentre.org

CILA - Provides 24-hour support and supervision to individuals living in a shared home in local communities. With support of house personnel, residents are empowered to take ownership of their home, participate in their local community, and learn skills that promote independence.

Shore Community Services

1827 Brummel St Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-5980

8350 Laramie Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 982-2030

Shore offers a variety of residential programs for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who are semi-independent to those in need of 24-hour staff supervision.

Stephen's Place

501 SE Ellsworth Road Vancouver, WA 98664
Phone: (360) 984-3600

We partner with families to provide a loving, supportive adult care home for adults with developmental disabilities.

St. Coletta's of Illinois

18350 Crossing Drive Tinley Park, IL 60487
Phone: (708) 342-5200

The consumers receive support from the caring, highly trained staff, who provide assistance with daily routines, community integration, and behavioral therapies.

St. Louis Life

929 Rolling Thunder Drive O'Fallon, MO 63368
Phone: (636) 561-1900
Email: Info@stlouislife.org

St. Louis Life is a community-based, residential program for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Streator Unlimited, Inc.

305 N. Sterling St Streator, IL 61364
Phone: (815) 673-5574

SU offers five group homes which are staffed 100% of the time. They are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services as Community Integrated Living Arrangements.

Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

21310 Illinois Route 9 Tremont, IL 61568
Phone: (309) 347-7148
Email: info@tcrcorg.com

Residential programs at TCRC provide a homelike environment and 24 hour a day supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Transitions of Western Illinois

4409 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62305
Phone: (217) 223-0413

Transitions operates a number of group homes and apartments that provide safe and affordable housing to adults who have a serious mental illness or an intellectual/developmental disability.

Treasure House

7815 W. Aspera Blvd Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: (602) 714-8189
Email: info@treasurehouse.org

Treasure House will be home to 24 young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as six Community Assistants as they share life together.

Trinity Services Inc.

2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S New Lenox, IL  60451
Phone: (815) 485-6197
Will County
jJen Klouse: klouse@trinity-services.org

Trinity Living Centers are located near Trinity's main campus. Three 16-person residential programs enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. TLC staff provide assistance in achieving greater independence in all aspects of life, including social, recreational, personal care, and daily living skills. An outcome-oriented approach is used in planning for services so each individual's personal priorities are the focus of services and support. As an alternative to institutional living, the homes are constructed so that each person has his/her own bedroom and storage space. Each individual and his/her family choose personal goals, and needed services are identified, including nursing services when appropriate. Typically, several staff members are available during the day and evening hours to work with individuals in needed areas and to provide support for recreational activities, as well as overnight staff. Ages: 18 years and up

UCP Seguin Greater Chicago

3100 South Central Avenue  Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: (708) 863-3803
Email: info@seguin.org

UCP Seguin provides residential care to adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs in a variety of ways. UCP Seguin provides twenty-four hour residential care as well as intermittent residential care and both in-home and weekend respite care.

Urban Autism Solutions

Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
1212 W. Flournoy St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

Warren Achievement Center, Inc.

1220 E. 2nd Ave Monmouth, IL 61462
Phone: (309) 734-3131

Residential services are designed to enable adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enjoy the independence of having a home of their own near family and friends.

Willowglen Academy

701 W Lamm Rd Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: (815) 233-6162
Email: contactIL@willowglen-il.com

Our CILA certified adult group homes are licensed for eight consumers. Each group home has a 12-person passenger van for accessing the community.