The Arc Tampa Bay opened the waterfall Apartment Complex in 1991 as a housing option for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program is structed to support residents in developing the necessary skills for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently in the community.
It is a free-standing apartment complex in the heart of the Clearwater community. There are two (2) separate buildings that serve up to 24 men and women. The complex is within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, and a bus stop. They contain studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments to rent through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program.
The prerequisite of the program is self-preservation without direct supervision. This applies to safety skills with day-to-day interactions with members of the surrounding community and the ability to maintain the apartment in a safe and kept manner. This is determined by record reviews and interviews of perspective participants in the program.
The program provides two (2) staff members during the day-time hours to assist with the participants’ development in key areas of independent living skills. As part of the program, the residents are provided weekly education in safety and social skills, health and nutrition, job skill training, and personal budgeting. All participants are required to either work, actively be seeking employment, or volunteer weekly.