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Stories and Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania’s Housing Demonstration Project

April 10, 2023

National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems
Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

For many people, finding and making a home of their own is a key turning point in their lives. From this point, other life goals begin or expand, such as starting or building a career, nurturing a family, or being a part of their neighborhood or community. In short, many people define their quality of life first by where and with whom they choose to live. However, this is often not the case for many people with disabilities who use home and community-based services (HCBS), despite funding and policy mandates to ensure one’s housing is separate from services.

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council funded projects to change this and to compel systemic change through individual experiences that demonstrate the power of resources being directed by the person with the guidance and support they need to find and make a home of their own. This webinar will feature people with lived experience and the professionals who support them sharing their stories and highlighting challenges and the importance of collaboration. Panelists hope to spark ongoing discussion and shared learning about the shift from provider owned and managed housing.


  • Marian Frattarola-Saulino respects everyone as the experts of their own lives and works to build coalitions where people themselves decide the expertise they need, to build the lives they want.
  • Abby Martucci, Families CCAN Program Director, has 20 years of experience with strengths-based, person-centered planning.
  • Pamela Zotynia is the Service Director for Values into Action’s Participant Directed Services where she uses her knowledge and expertise to assist individuals and families who use Participant Directed Services to create the lives they deserve and desire.
  • Robert Zotynia is a 36-year-old artist, self-advocate, and change-maker.
    Sara Crimm is Director and co-founder of Families CCAN (Families Creating Communities for Adults with Special Needs).
  • Dana Thompson has worked in the disability field for over 32 years.
    David Gates has worked with numerous self-advocates and families since 2003 to develop creative housing models including home ownerships, microboards and projects with housing developers.
  • Jeremy Yale joined the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in January 2019 as the Director of the Bureau for Policy and Quality Management.
  • Lisa Tesler is a passionate advocate and visionary who supports inclusion, self-determination, and meaningful lives for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Dr. Amber Borreli, Housing Resource Coordinator for Values into Action, has been working alongside people seeking housing for over 20 years.

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