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Learn more about how residents have input in the EQUAL application process. Click here to see our brochure.



The People's

Waiting List Campaign

There are now 230 adult home residents who wish to move to more independent housing and have signed the People's Waiting List. To learn more about The People's Waiting List click here.


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The Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD) is a non-profit, grassroots organization run by and for adult home and nursing home residents and resident councils. Established in 1973 to bring pride, purpose and self-determination to residents of long term care institutions, CIAD is dedicated to protecting the rights of residents and improving the quality of their life and care.

CIAD is governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are residents of adult homes and nursing homes throughout the New York City area.


What's New

The US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, recently overturned a federal court's decision to move up to 4,300 NYC adult home residents to independent housing in DAI v. Paterson. It was overturned on the technical legal ground of "standing", not on any of the substantive issues of the case. Join with residents in a grassroots effort to urge the Governor to do the right thing....

Now is the time to let Governor Cuomo know that New York shouldn’t need a court order to support adult home residents with psychiatric disabilities to move into the community!

Please e-mail the Governor today by clicking here  

Place your name and contact information in the left column

and cut and paste your version of this sample letter in the right one.


Feel free to use ‘Adult Home Residents’ Right’ in the subject line

and Disability Assistance from the Topic Menu.


Please act today!

Give adult home residents a choice in housing!

CIAD's 9th Annual

Adult Home Resident Speak Out

Adult home residents traveled up to Albany on March 14, 2012 to meet with their elected representatives and other state policy-makers to discuss their priorities, which includes, first and foremost, HOUSING. The residents' message: New York doesn't need a court to tell it to do the right thing. Settle the DAI case! Click here to see the most recent press coverage.

On November 24, 2009, adult home residents and their allies rallied in front of Governor Paterson's New York City office to decry the Governors refusal to fully comply with a recent Federal Court order to stop segregating people with psychiatric disabilities in large institutionalized adult homes.


On Sept. 8, 2009, a federal judge ruled that New York State violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating adult home residents with psychiatric disabilities in large adult homes in New York City. It is a landmark decision and a major victory for adult home residents. The case, DAI v Paterson, began in 2003 in the wake of a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of adult homes. Judge Nicholas Garaufis has ordered New York State to develop a plan to move as many as 4,500 adult home residents to "supported housing" apartments in the community.

See "Coco's Story" below and "Gary's Story"on YouTube   or The Hub.. These CIAD videos follow two former adult home residents' in their journey to independence. The videos demonstrate in a powerful and personal way the importance of Judge Garaufis' decision in DAI v Paterson.

Visit our housing blog entry   on The Hub's Blog

CIAD's Resident Media Team was featured in the June 08 issue of New York Nonprofit Press. Click here to go to article.

At the February 6, 2008 Adult Home Resident Speak Out, Dennis Whalen, the Governor's Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services, announced the revitalization of the Adult Home Work Group. One hundred seventy-five residents from New York City, Long Island, Rensselaer and Dutchess Counties attended the event in Albany. Click here to read about it in the Legislative Gazette's February 11, 2008 article.

The New York Times covers The People's Waiting List Campaign: Go to the December 30, 2007 story, "They Have Beds, But Not The Ones They Want".

CIAD's Resident Media Team has won the Association for Community Living's 2007 Advocacy Award for the video, Looking For a Home. The Media Team documents the critical need for mental health housing by filming the Campaign for Mental Health Housing's January 2007 rally in Albany and interviewing consumers, providers and advocates. The Resident Media Team and the videos it produces are projects funded by the New York Community Trust and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Community Media Grant.

Resident Food Committees are now required in adult homes as a result of adult home resident advocacy. Contact us if your resident council wants help in forming a Food Committee. To download our brochure, "How To Organize a Food Committee In Your Home, click here.