Our Mission

Our mission is to build affordable supportive housing that enables adults with autism and related disabilities to thrive in an appropriate, safe and healthy environment.

We are now building FORWARD at the Rock, a new regional housing community providing affordable and supportive homes for eight adults (age 22 and up) with autism. The project consists of two side-by-side houses with each house containing four bedrooms (units) built on 4.6 acres of town-owned land in Dennis. All units will be “extremely” affordable, with resident income at less than 30% of the average median income (AMI) for Barnstable County. All residents will be eligible or Department of Developmental Services (DDS) living and service supports.

FORWARD, the nonprofit developer of the project, has partnered with Cape Abilities to manage the homes and provide around-the-clock staffing in each home. The Commonwealth’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will select and place residents with “severe” autism who qualify for DDS Priority One supports and services. The project has received funding from the Commonwealth, the Dennis, Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Chatham Community Preservation Committees, generous individual and foundation support, and an institutional mortgage.

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