The Principles of Supported Living were created through the original pilot project for Supported Living but we feel they truly apply to supporting anyone in any service category.

A Home of One’s Own

  • Individuals live in homes that they own, lease or rent like other members of their community.
  • They Choose where they live and with whom, and they control what happens in their homes.
  • Individuals are secure in their homes and do not have to move if their needs, their services or their service agency changes.
  • Individuals are safe in their homes and neighborhoods.

Choice and Self-Directed

  • My voice, my choice!
  • An individual makes her own everyday choices.
  • Individuals plan for their future.
  • They direct the services they receive, and have a choice of agencies and staff.
  • Individuals are supported (e.g. technology, communication devices, behavioral support) to communicate their preferences, choices and needs.
  • Individuals are satisfied with the services they receive.


  • An individual has family, friends and neighbors who support her in regular ways or as paid help.
  • The individual and her circle of support work together as a team with the agency and others to share responsibility for her well-being.

Community Membership

  • An Individual fully participates in the mainstream of community life.
  • Individuals have opportunities to join clubs, groups, and churches.
  • Individuals use local community resources and generic services.

Flexible and Tailored Services and Supports

  • An Individual has a service plan, which is developed through a person-centered planning process.
  • The plan reflects the support that the individual wants and needs.
  • Services are provided in the individual’s home and community at times when they are preferred.
  • Services offer the individual opportunities to increase competence, confidence and quality of life.