A Bird's Eye View of the Development Process....

Phase I:  Conceptual Developement and Planning 
  • Create seminal project description  

  • Establish legal and operational infrastructure 

  • Identify population, social architecture of community

  • Inform and engage wider community, assess interest and needs

  • Identify and convene community partners and essential stakeholders to participate in planning, implementation and sustained operations

  • Create a comprehensive program rationale/proposal

  • Outline a comprehensive financial strategy

  • Indentify salient law and policy as regards the building and operations of Ohana community

  • Develop initial site and architectural designs contiguous with assessed values and needs of community  

  • Convene development team experts

  • Create land selection criteria, identify process and begin search

  • Identify and procure predevelopment funding  



Phase II:  Site Predevelopment


  • Obtain site control (in the form of an “Option to Buy” or “Agreement of Sale”) 

  • Determine feasibility including environmental considerations, zoning, and cost

  • Identify financing sources  

  • Prepare preliminary architectural designs/cost analysis  (to include cost comparisons with housing/service models for adults with DD/ID, low income, and senior residents)

  • Identify and obtain financing sources:  grants, low income loans, donations, in-kind services, materials, property



Phase III:  Construction Predevelopment


  • Finalize architectural plans and bid documents

  • Settle on finances and complete closing

  • Acquire/own the site

  • Develop management plan to include assurance of adequate income to operate the project and value maintenance

  • Obtain governmental approvals for construction 

  • Solicit and review construction partners/bids 



Phase IV:  Construction and Pre-operational Development


  • Award construction contracts

  • Obtain building and other permits to obtain permission to proceed with construction

  • Prepare the site and break ground

  • Manage the construction 

  • Initiate marketing/leasing program to assure that there will be occupants and a source of operating income as soon as possible after the completion of construction. Confirm public and private contracts for services 

  • Identify and hire management, program and community staff

  • Complete construction and obtain a certificate of occupancy​



Phase V:  Operation


Once the housing is in place and the occupants have moved in, the sponsor begins the long-term management and operations of their housing.


  • Close on permanent financing--long term financing or mortgages in place

  • Occupy the community:  implementing programs for community formation and specials supports (to include community covenants, agreements, rights and responsibilities

  • Maintain and manage the business of the community, its properties and programs