The New Futures Initiative™: Creating Community-Based Housing

At a time when government housing is at capacity and funding is not increasing, the New Futures Initiative is a road map to guide families on their paths toward the housing solutions their loved ones need and deserve—ones that make financial sense and build the personal networks that will help them live more independently for years to come.

Through a Grant from the Coleman Foundation, Clearbrook is partnering with Center for Independent Futures, a non-profit located in Evanston, Illinois, to participate in the New Futures Initiative™ – their proven family-focused process to create alternative community-based housing solutions for individuals with disabilities.

Families participate in a series of workshops designed to teach the process. Together, they provide the necessary tools, materials, and professional resources to instill the confidence needed to move forward. And the process is proven. Evidence of its success can be seen in these four Community Living Option residences in Evanston, Ill.

Clearbrook will be piloting this 2-year process with a group of between 10-15 families that are interested in participating in a training process, and investing their time and energy to collaborate around creating housing solutions. We are looking for families that believe their individual will be ready for an independent living solution in the next 2-3 years, and are living in Cook, Lake, Will, DuPage, McHenry or Kane County.

If you would like more information about Clearbrook’s Supportive Housing, please contact Lisa Lew at 847-778-3675 or llew@clearbrook.org.

The Path to Community Living Options™

Step 1: Beginning the Journey

  • Overview of the New Futures Initiative™ process
  • Firsthand look at a successful Community Living Option™
  • Building your community
  • Creating a shared vision
  • Establishing an organizational structure and group processes
  • Assessing personal and community assets

Step 2: Taking Action

  • Determining housing criteria and ownership model
  • Developing a housing team
  • Reviewing public and private resources
  • Creating a housing budget
  • Researching the options
  • Drafting a housing plan

Step 3: Moving Ahead

  • Identifying support criteria
  • Determining support structure
  • Identifying and assessing potential residents
  • Creating partnerships and developing partnership agreements
  • Finalizing a support plan

Step 4: Opening Your Doors

  • Preparing families and residents for transition
  • Developing personal networks
  • Meeting the neighbors and participating in community activities
  • Making the residence a home and planning for move-in day
  • Handling the day-to-day and preparing for the road ahead