?Who will choose Ohana


During our planning and predevelopment phases , Building Ohana will be working with our partners to better establish the strength, validity and feasibility of its mission in our region. Based on the initial assumptions inherent to our vision, we plan to invite a variety of residents to live in and contribute their strengths and gifts to the development of a new paradigm for inclusive, intergenerational community, and to occupy a neighborhood of 50-70 residential units serving single, small family and shared households, with an estimated population totaling 120-150 individuals.  

Here are some of the people who will contribute to and benefit from an intentional Ohana lifestyle.  





We estimate these individuals will represent 20-22 percent of Ohana’s population, ages 18-55—spanning at least two generations, multicultural and diversely-abled individuals with a range of strengths, abilities, interests and needs. These residents may include but are not limited to...

  • Individuals diagnosed with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and other identified developmental disabilities appearing before age 3 and affecting neurological and biological development through the lifespan

  • Individuals eligible for a range of incomes and services for health and welfare, residential, employment, and other supports accorded them by private/ public contract

  • Individuals whose challenges include physical restrictions or disabilities related to DD diagnosis

  • Individuals whose differences are diagnosed as mild, some of whom have little or insufficient resources, including formal, paid services to help them achieve their greatest potential

  • Individuals who will especially benefit from the intentional provisions of Ohana to help residents:

    • increase threshhold of abilities across all domains, and discover new strengths and abilities within a supportive neighborhood community

    • acquire stable homes and environments in which they may thrive throughout their lifespan 

    • experience increased well-being through daily social engagement with loved ones, trusted friends and neighbors, and regular connections to the wider community.

  • Individuals with developmental disabilities who are committed to a life of social and civic contribution and wish to contribute to and lead the way in building a community of inclusion practice.




Estimated to be approximately 40 percent of Ohana population, ages 40-70--spanning two generations), making up the stable core of Ohana Village, and including…

  • Parents of residents with DD/ID, who wish to live in proximity to loved ones, even as they transition from role as primary caregivers

  • Family members (siblings, grandparents etc.) or involved friends of residents with DD/ID

  • Other active, mature and retired adults who...

    • wish to live a shared and purposeful community life in support of others

    • are drawn to the people, values, activities and lifestyle of Ohana

    • desire the anticipated benefits to health and well-being through the lifespan resulting from increased and meaningful engagement with and support from others


PROVIDERS AND PROFESSIONALS (singles, couples, small families)


Individuals, couples and their small families, 21 and older, who wish to live a shared and purposeful community life in support of others, and who are drawn to the people, values, design, activities and lifestyle of Ohana Village. 

Additionally, they may be connected with one or more of the explicit purposes of Ohana Village, and wish to bring their gifts and talents into a community setting.  Some examples might be…

  • those who provide personal care, respite, nurse delegation, nursing, therapy or health care and their families; practicing both in and out of Ohana Village

  • those engaged in professions related to Ohana activities, such as education, social service, health and business, nonprofit or religious missions, etc. 

  • graduate students studying urban planning, community development, architecture, health services, etc.


These are only some of the many individuals and families who will choose an Ohana Village lifestyle... 





OHANA will be a multi-level, mixed-use neighborhood community with an intergenerational and diverse body of residents. Up to 22 percent of the population will be adults affected by a range of developmental and intellectual disabilities, and whose growth, independence, interests and relationships through the lifespan will be addressed as the heart of our community.  

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