Hunter Christian Christian: “As family caregivers age or become unable to care for their relatives, there is a critical shortage of appropriate housing with necessary supportive services.”

POWAY, CA—The number of adults with developmental disabilities is increasing at a much greater rate than the general population, accelerating the demand for housing that serves this segment’s needs, Villa de Vida’s executive director Hunter Christian tells Mercy Housing’s 54-unit residential project for adults with developmental disabilities is scheduled to break ground mid-year in Poway, a city in Northern San Diego County, and it is targeted to be completed as early as winter of 2019.

With a majority of special needs adults currently under the care of aging parents, Villa de Vida was founded in response to the growing demand for permanent supportive housing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 68 children in the US are diagnosed with autism; the question looms of what happens to these children when they reach adulthood and when their parents can no longer care for them.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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