The Presbyterian Home for Children and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind partnered to offer Union Village, a permanent supportive housing community for individuals who are deaf, blind or deafblind. PHFC operates Union Village on a separate and secluded part of its campus for AIDB consumers, and rental income from Union Village provides an additional stream of support for PHFC’s programs to serve and care for at-risk and homeless children, youth, and families in addition to young female adults in crisis and families in crisis. Program participants come from across the entire state of Alabama.
Union Village is made up of larger cottages and new construction of tiny cottages. The first phase of Union Village was completed in 2017 and currently nearly 30 residents live in five large cottages. Phase 2 is underway to have 16 tiny cottages. Phase 3 will add another 24 tiny cottages in the future.
Each tiny cottage built is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They include zero-step entry, minimal thresholds, 8-foot ceilings, zero barrier showers and other features. AIDB provides wrap-around support services to Union Village residents such as job coaching, case management, transportation, assistive technology and more.