Choice in Community Living

Choice in Community Living is an alternative to residential services, and is about opening up opportunities for disabled people and their families to have greater choice and control around their living circumstances, such as where they live, who they live with and how they are supported.

Choice in Community Living is for people who either:

  • live in a residential service and want to leave and move into their own home, whether they rent or own it
  • live in their parent’s home, have disability support needs similar to people in residential services, and want to live their own home, whether they rent or own it
  • live somewhere where the situation is unsustainable and where the usual course of action would be a referral to a residential service which is not what the person or their family wants.

People must be eligible for disability support services funded by the Ministry of Health before they can access Choice in Community Living.

How does it work?

The local Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) agencies have identified experienced staff who can help people and families decide whether Choice in Community Living would be a good option for them, as an alternative to residential services. They can provide advice on what funding is available to achieve this.

We are contracted to be a provider of Choice in Community Living and can assist you to:

  • Find a place to live
  • Choose your support team
  • Work up a budget
  • Sort benefit and other income
  • Develop skills
  • Connect with your local community
  • Find things to do
  • And more

We work in partnership with you.