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Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia

SILC is a private nonprofit corporation governed by people with all types of disabilities from all across the state. Our role is to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with Centers for Independent Living, Rehabilitation Services and other related entities to remove those barriers and to increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities.

 

 

The SPIL is a strategic plan that includes Independent Living goals and objectives, outreach plans, funding priorities, a Resource Allocation plan (budget), CIL Network information, and collaboration and partnership activities as well as statutory compliance assurances. To view our action plan, click here.

 

Our Legislative Agenda

 

1) To expand Independent Living services across Georgia

In FY 17, the CILs assisted 2069 individuals with their personal plan toward independence. Although these programs are small, they are very high impact:

The map above shows that not ALL Georgians have the benefit of these valuable organizations. Fourteen percent (14%) of Georgians with disabilities – are unserved meaning they live in a county with NO Center for Independent Living. The General Assembly’s investment of $1,000,000 would establish six outreach offices and resources to expand outreach to underserved counties so that all of our state’s people have the opportunity to achieve independence. Expanding outreach and itinerant services are essential for Georgia’s current Centers for Independent Living to reach people with disabilities who live lives of isolation in our state’s poorest and most rural counties.

 

2) To increase funding for home modifications -- Home access for Georgians

What is the Home Access Program?

Funding assistance to low-income individuals with disabling mobility impairments to retrofit their homes so that they can safely enter, use and exit their homes.


New funds from DCA for the program is urgently needed. Considering that in 2006, the funding level for this program was $300,000, and costs and needs have increased every year, an infusion of $500,000 minimum per year is needed at this time. With DCA’s historical average home modification costs of $8,000 per person, at least 62 people per year could receive this vital service.


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