What is Villa de Vida?  

Villa de Vida is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable adults with special needs to live as independently as possible by building residential communities with support programs that meet the needs of each resident.

  • Safe housing
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Meaningful relationships

 

What is your tax-exempt status?  

Villa de Vida has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to us are deductible under section 170 of the Code. We are also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 47-0988154.

 

What is the critical need? 

It is estimated that there are 4.9 million individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the United States about 590,000 in the state of California. 

The number of people served by California Department of Developmental Services increased by 37.7% since January 2004 to January 2014 while California’s general population increased by 8.3% around the same time period.

About 71.5% of people with developmental disabilities are currently receiving residential care from family caregivers. As these caregivers age, the question of “what is going to happen to this child when I die?” is inevitable. While there are various types of supportive living communities in California addressing this issue, there is just not enough to meet the growing demand.

“And because this is the first time in human history that so many persons with I/DD are outliving parents who have historically functioned as their primary caregivers (at present, 25% of caregivers are over age 60), policymakers are scrambling for solutions.”

Source: Center for Healthcare Strategies Report 2012

 

Is there a prototype community you are trying to learn from? 

Yes!  Casa de Amma  “Casa” in San Juan Capistrano, CA is a prototype community that successfully addresses the needs of adults with developmental disabilities with a proven track record.  Casa not only improves the quality of developmentally disabled adults but that of the surrounding communities as well.  Overall, Casa continues to be a model program that many wish to replicate in an effort to help meet the growing need of more supportive residential communities.  Casa is teaching Villa de Vida everything about residential and supportive living services programs, staff management and community outreach and development. 

 

Does Villa de Vida have a development partner? 

Yes!  Mercy Housing is a national non-profit organization that has participated in the development, preservation and/or financing of more than 45,000 affordable homes. Mercy Housing California (MHC), the largest division of Mercy Housing, Inc., has developed and manages nearly 8,000 affordable rental units in 128 properties throughout the state. Please visit www.mercyhousing.org for more information.

 

Where are you going to build your community? 

On June 2nd, 2015, Villa de Vida entered into an exclusive negotiating rights agreement with the City of Poway in San Diego County to build a 54-unit apartment complex. The agreement seeks to pursue further discussions and negotiations with the City of Poway to evaluate the possibility of developing a 3.18 acre site in Paguay Redevelopment Project Area, consistent with the city’s plan to revitalize the area, provide affordable housing, and bring economic and employment benefits to the city.

The development, subject to further due diligence, approval and permitting, would target completion in 2020.  

 

Do you have a waiting list or interest list? 

We cannot have a waiting list until closer to the opening date.  However, we are asking every potential applicant to fill out an interest survey below.

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Do you give preferences to volunteers or donors?

NO, while we appreciate the generosity of our volunteers and/or donors, we CANNOT give preferences.  We have to comply with Fair Housing and other regulatory standards depending on our funding sources.  

I have more questions about Villa de Vida.  Who can I contact?

Please contact us at info@villadevida.org.  

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