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The Arc of Florida Chapters are Recommended for $2.171 million for Construction Projects

January 13, 2015

Tallahassee, FL (January 13, 2015) – The staff of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation today voted to recommend to its Board of Directors to award grants to seven chapters of The Arc of Florida. Funds were appropriated by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 Legislative Session. Funding will be used to build new and renovate existing homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (I/DD) The Florida Housing Finance Corporation received 20 funding requests and awarded a total of $3,676,000 for 14 projects statewide. Of the amount awarded, chapters of The Arc of Florida received 7 projects for a total of $2,171,000.00. The Board of Directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation will make the final decision on funding.
"Funding from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation assists us in providing community-based homes to individuals who might otherwise live in institutions" said Deborah Linton, chief executive officer of The Arc of Florida, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with I/DD. "We are very appreciative of the Legislature's willingness to help the individuals we serve to live in safe and updated homes in their communities. This funding will continue to greatly enhance their quality of life."
The Arc of Florida chapters recommended for funding include:

New Construction:

The Arc Gateway - $367,000.00
The Arc of Putnam County - $367,000.00
The Arc Nature Coast - $367,000.00
Arc Sunup - $367,000.00
The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida - $367,000.00


The Arc of Jacksonville $148,000.00
The Arc St. Lucie $188,000.00


Notice of Training Opportunities

January 2, 2015 

We encourage programmatic staff as well as self-advocates and family members to participate in learning more about these changes by attending the forums listed below.

The new assurances set forth by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for states requires revisions to current Delmarva Discovery tools and processes. The new CMS rules focus on the experience of the person with the service delivery system; person centered planning (PCP), community integration, and residential and day settings.

Please visit Delmarva's website at to register for training in a location in your APD Region:

January 5th, 2015 Central Region: Orlando
Shrine Auditorium Event Center, 2300 Pembrook Dr., Orlando, FL 32810
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

January 6th, 2015 Southeast Region: Ft. Lauderdale
Urban League of Broward 560 NW 27th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

January 7th, 2015 Southern Region: Miami
Venue Coming Soon
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

January 8th, 2015 Northeast Region: Jacksonville
Jacksonville Main Library, 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

January 9th, 2015 Suncoast Region: Apollo Beach
Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. Highway 41 N., Apollo Beach, FL 33572
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

January 9th, 2015 Northwest Region: Tallahassee
Tallahassee Community College - Turner Hall, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

January 12th, 2015 Northwest Region: Pensacola
Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 North W. Street, Pensacola, FL 32505
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

General Information:

Registration is not required, but is recommended to assure seating availability due to limited capacity in some venues.


The Arc of Florida Celebrates with Senate Passage of the ABLE Act

December 17, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, as the U.S. Senate passed the Achieving a Better Life Act (ABLE Act), The Arc, the nation's largest organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), released the following statement:

"We are pleased that the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act has been approved by both the U.S. House of Representatives and now the U.S. Senate. With the clock winding down on this session of Congress, now this important legislation can move to President Obama's desk. We appreciate the untiring work of the chief sponsors of the bill and the support of a large and broad representation in both chambers of Congress.

"While the legislation was narrowed due to the constraints from the cost analysis, the approved bill will provide a vehicle for some families and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to save for the future, depending on their own circumstances. Our efforts will not be finished if President Obama signs this bill – The Arc will continue to work with the leadership and chief sponsors in Congress to expand this program in the future to ensure that everyone in need can get the maximum benefit from this legislation. We remain disappointed that certain pay-fors remain in the bill," said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.

The ABLE Act aims to change the tax code to allow for tax advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities for certain expenses, like education, housing, and transportation. Similar to existing "Section 529" education savings accounts, ABLE accounts would let families save for disability-related expenses on behalf of qualified beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not replace, benefits provided through the Medicaid program, the Supplemental Security Income program, the beneficiary's employment, and other sources. If properly managed, funds in the ABLE accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for critical federal benefits. With full understanding of its features, individuals and families could use the ABLE accounts as another tool in planning for the lifetime needs of an individual with long term disabilities. The version of the bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives includes age limitations and a cap on contributions, added in July by the Committee on Ways and Means to reduce the costs of the bill. If the President signs the ABLE Act into law, The Arc will issue a fact sheet including the details on the bill as it has been revised through the legislative process. Further details would come through the regulatory process.

(Originally posted by The Arc.)

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