About Us
Helping families create the right shared living solution

We empower families to create housing solutions that meet the unique needs of their family member with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). Together, we’ll create a viable and resilient plan for housing and support that addresses the question, “Where will my family member live when I can no longer provide care?”

Partners4Housing has helped families in Washington and Arizona set up 50 shared living homes that serve 115 people with IDD. We've also helped more than 600 families access benefits for their Loved Ones through the Benefits And Housing Review. The company is expanding to offer our comprehensive solution in other states, addressing the three critical concerns for families of people with IDD:

  • What does my family member need to live outside our family home?
  • Who will my family members live with?
  • How will we afford it?

The challenge:

  • 7.4 million people in the U.S. have some form of intellectual or developmental disability or IDD (e.g. Autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy)
  • 5.4 million live with family, primarily their parents
  • Many of these parents are aging and have few supported housing options available
  • Social services systems are siloed and nearly impossible for families to navigate successfully on their own
  • Shared living reduces costs and social isolation, but finding compatible roommates is a huge challenge

Partners4Housing was created in 2010 after founder and CEO Pam Blanton realized there had to be a better way for families of individuals with IDD to find roommates and set up shared housing solutions. As a former housing coordinator in Seattle and an acknowledged expert in her field, Pam helped 450 people with IDD move into housing over a 5-year period. She has worked with people who receive SSI, SSDI, State Residential Support, Medicaid-funded personal care services, supported employment income, and Section 8 housing subsidies.

With more than 30 years of experience helping families of people with IDD find suitable housing, Pam is driven to apply and share her knowledge and leave the world a little better than she found it. Learn more about Pam on our Meet the Team page.

word cloud of what we do to help families clarify their vision for shared housing

After completing the Benefits And Housing Review and meeting with Partners4Housing, we learned our son was eligible for more service hours than he was receiving from the state. His personal care hours doubled, increasing his state funding by $765 per month.
- Nancy, parent
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