Supported Living


The Supported Living Program enables consumers to live in community settings with three or fewer other individuals with disabilities. Each Supported Living recipient, with the assistance of family or other advocates, designs the service “package” necessary to support him/her in the setting of choice. The goal is to maximize each consumer’s potential for independence and self-determination. Service providers are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and under contract with the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


Settings for Service Delivery Include:

·        Individual’s own apartment   

·        Small group settings within the community

·        Family homes

·        Foster family homes


Parameters of Service

Apartment Support

Eligible individuals include people with developmental disabilities who reside in their own apartment in the community. Caregivers provide limited support services necessary for consumers to be successful in this setting (For example: assistance with medical care, benefits assistance, money management).

Housing Board Option

The Murray Ridge Housing Corporation is a non-profit housing board affiliated with the Lorain County Board of DD.

Groups of four individuals are placed in each home.

Consumers pay rent to Murray Ridge Housing Corporation, which acts as landlord.

Caregivers provide assistance/skill development with a broad range of daily living tasks, which are identified in Individual Service Plans. 


Supported Living consumers, with the assistance of family and other advocates, may select an Ohio DODD-certified provider to deliver services. A variety of experienced agency and individual providers participate in Lorain County’s Supported Living Provider Pool.

Waiting List

Waiting lists for supported living are maintained by the SSA Department of the Lorain County Board. There is a separate waiting list for each source of supported living service funding.


A detailed Individual Service Plan (ISP) is developed with each consumer of Supported Living services. The ISP (which also serves as a job description for the provider) identifies all services and supports necessary for an individual to be successful in the least restrictive setting. A Service and Supported Administrator develops the ISP with active input from the individual or guardian, family members, current caregivers, and any other individuals whom the consumer chooses to involve in the process.

The ISP identifies needs in seven key areas:  Choices and Options, Income, Housing, Health, Safety, Community Membership, and Personal Satisfaction.

Recognizing that individuals’ needs and preferences change over time, the ISP is a flexible plan which can be adjusted to reflect those changes.

Program Monitoring

The SSA staff provide on-going oversight of all Supported Living services. In addition, the Board contracts with the Northeast Ohio Network to conduct a formal Quality Assurance Review for each Supported Living recipient at least once every three years.


Contact Information


Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities

9740 Murray Ridge Road

Elyria, OH 44035-4805

Telephone: 440-324-2366

Fax: 440-322-0588


Murray Ridge Center
Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities Offices
1091 Infirmary Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-3734
(440) 322-2683 fax