The Five Principles of Supported Living

1) A Home of One's Own

  • Individuals live in homes that they own, lease, or rent like other members of their communities

  • They choose where they live and with whom and they control what happens in their homes

  • Individuals are secure in their homes and do not have to move if their needs change

  • Individuals are safe in their home and neighborhood

2) Choice and Self-Direction

  • An individual makes his or her own daily choices

  • Individuals plan for their futures

  • Individuals direct the services that they receive and have a choice of agencies and staff

  • Individuals are supported (by technology, communication devices, behavioral support, etc.) in communicating their preferences, choices, and needs

3) Relationships

  • An individual has family, friends, and neighbors who support him or her in non-paid & paid help

  • The individual and his or her circle of support work together as a team with the supported living agency and others to share responsibility for his or her well-being


4) Community Membership

  • An individual has the opportunity to join clubs, groups, and attend a house of worship of his or her choice. Individuals use local community resources and generic services.

5) Flexible, Tailored Supports and Services

  • An individual has a service plan, which is developed through a person-centered planning process

  • The plan reflects the support that the individual wants and needs