Parents accustomed to a free and appropriate public education for their special children are shocked to find that there is no comparable housing assistance program when it is time for their adult children to finish school and leave home. An adult child's SSI income is usually less than the average monthly apartment rent in his neighborhood, so most adult children with disabilities will need both housing and community support subsidies to live independently. The problem is that there is no entitlement to either Section 8 housing or community based waiver assistance and the waiting lists for help are long. Faced with these hard realities, families, often with advocacy organization help, have taken the lead in developing innovative supportive living arrangements for their children with disabilities. Developing a home for adult children is a substantial challenge, as the Marram Place parents have learned. (See Page 16 for a description of their struggle.) How to maintain and fund independent homes for adults with disabilities in the long run is an even greater challenge--a challenge which families, advocacy organizations and non-profit housing groups in western North Carolina are working together to meet.