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Association ISRAA
  • 60 rue J.F. Kennedy 59290 Wasquehal France
  • Fabienne DE OLIVEIRA

Habited Programm, an inclusive housing for people with autism spectrum disorders, Roncq, France

  • Residential : Independent Living
  • Europe : France
  • Fiche d'expérience

Par Fabienne DE OLIVEIRA le 21/08/2017

Some people don't find their place in institutions. Especially those who show potential for autonomy which wants to develop. However the range of housing solutions available today for people with an autism spectrum disorder, does not offer these choices.


  1. The context


Association Israa initiated the project located in WASQUEHAL, in the Northern County, near Lille. 'Habited' is a contraction of habitat and TED-envasive developemnt troubles-, is located in RONCQ.

Created in 2011 by Ms. de Oliveira, mother of a young autistic woman, Israa has plans to develop new forms of support for autistic people to access the features of common law in the ordinary environment.

Habited  is its first project. The intention is to develop in cities other responses of inclusive habitat  for people with different profiles. On the national territory, the project is to provide expertise, accompanying other associations wishing to implement similar responses. About 35 associations have already manifested since the association has received media coverage.


  • Ten people with autism spectrum disorders are currently Roncq housing tenants. Their number will never grow up, to keep the family aspect and the cohesion of the group. Their disorders are various. They are autistic people with or without disabilities, with or without praxis disorders. What can also cause great difficulties, are perceptual or sensory troubles.



  1. The purpose of the experience


We have created this feature, first because there is no existing answer for our children. France accumulated a delay for people with autism. Responses in the current institutions are insufficient and inadequate. There are a multitude of forms of autisms. Many of them are not in the institution. Especially those that show potential for autonomy which wants to develop. When autistic individuals have benefited from significant stimulation during their childhood and youth, they continue to grow and may have plans for autonomy. However the range of the proposed places today does not offer these choices.

The expectation of the families of the Israa association was to bring their children to the most possible autonomy, towards self-determination. Each of these families think at the after, at the point where they will not be there. So naturally they desire that their child get by in life right now, neverless with the stand needed to allow them to move forward.

HabiTED is less expensive than the institution because autistic people who live there are actresses of their lives and financially pay their rent.

It's good anyway that answers be multiplied to be closer to the needs of the people.


  1. Implementation, the conduct


We started in 2012. It took 4 years to operate the device. We did a first action study which revealed needs. We then met a social landlord who owned of land in Roncq, then the Roncq mayor who has given consent and support for the financial package. In the device were also involved associations in the field of disability, assistance at home and the center of autism resources.

Beneficiaries have 36 m2 private studio, with a kitchen and a separated from the corner night stay. They also benefit from a 4 room apartment of 80 m2 with a collective use. There is a laundry and a common use of lounge space. The Israa association has its offices at the moment in the rooms of the apartment.



The originality of the Habited device is that it is not a structure. The accommodations are classic, awarded by a commission of assignment completed with professional partners. They are integrated into a conventional rental fleet. It is not funding as "price of day." Tenants benefit from individualized housing assistance.  The tenant have to pay only 250 to €300 per month. Each person gets at least disabled adult allowance to pay the rent.

Another originality is that it relies on a pooling of the subside of compensation for disability - PCH-. Each tenant has a right to the PCH. Its pooling however allows you to optimize the interventions, such as individual guidance on concepts of guidance. Putting the PCH in common, gives a substantial number of hours.

It also allows to train workers, to facilitate communication and to propose permanent full time positions. The support team is on-site.

Today, this pooling is based on a contract with a service at home in the common close. Those accessing HabiTED agree to pool their PCH and agree on the service provider chosen.

The Israa association supports the device. It is present much of the time. It cobuilt, with care services associated with the project, the individual project of each and ensures coordination among all partners. It also provides assistance and technical support from stakeholders to service at home, to ensure consistency the most adapted to the peculiarities of autism.

Tenants, to be given a home, must meet the criteria defined by a Steering Committee (have a diagnosis of autism and a functional assessment, having acquired the verbal, can move in transport, know dealing alone in day).



  1. The necessary means for this device



Coordination need a person working half-time, funded by the County Council. Pooling the indivdual subsides, let us employ 3.8 person full time (carers, OT, ). There is also the regular passage of specialized educators referents of care services partner (APEI association from Roubaix Tourcoing).



  1. How do you evaluate today?


Not a failure since the installation up to now for the persons, The 10 existing tenants are the same since January 2016. However, it took a few months for them to find their bearings. Progress have already been observed for some. Now that they feel safe in their new environment, they more easily discuss their needs. It requires constant attention from the team. It is essential that personnel be trained, on an ongoing basis. We use the Center resources Autisms and EDI training.

As they are essentially adults coming from their parents, families have a presence and involvement on the device.


The main difficulties lie in the fact that today ' today, there is no framework on the pooling of the individual subsides -PCH-. When you're precursor, it must formalize everything to consolidate everything at the legal level. The Habited device respects the common law . There is however no other experiences for people with autism. It is sometimes difficult to not have a model.


My experience has taught me that there is no model on which to build, you're risking scatter. Individual housing, innovative and inclusive, are solutions that it is necessary to develop and strengthen. We must always remain vigilant to the peculiarity of the public who settled there.



Langue d'origine : Français
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