By Marisa Kendall | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 20, 2019 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: May 20, 2019 at 6:40 am As people from all walks of life struggle to afford housing in the Bay Area, one group is particularly vulnerable to the crisis, but often forgotten — people with developmental disabilities. A new housing complex that just broke ground in Pleasanton is trying to change that, becoming one of just a handful of local projects designed to house low-income adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Experts say Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch takes a tiny step toward addressing a massive — and growing — Bay Area need. Residents with developmental disabilities often can’t work and receive just a few hundred dollars a month in government benefits, not nearly enough to afford an apartment in the region’s overheated housing market. Complicating their housing search, they also may need help with everyday tasks such as laundry and grocery shopping. “There is such a pent-up demand right now among young (special-needs) adults for housing,” said Lisa Kleinbub, executive director of the Regional Center of the East Bay, a non-profit that supports people… Read full this story
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