Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide home and community-based services and develop energy-efficient, affordable housing to promote health, independence and dignity for all.
The 29 Palms multigenerational apartment complex was co-developed by FSL and First Place AZ with the goal of creating opportunities for seniors and adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities to experience the benefits of complementary strengths, skills, friendship and mutual respect. This intentional community is also serving as a residential property for adults with autism who have graduated from the First Place Transition Academy and seniors (55+) who choose to live in this garden apartment community. Senior residents (who live in 15 of the 21 units) and Academy graduates (who live in the remaining six units) demonstrate the spirit of community through natural supports (e.g., residents with autism helping seniors with heavy items or offering technology assistance with cellphones, apps, computers; seniors helping residents with autism with cooking or problem solving when “life happens”).
The renovated property, made possible through philanthropy and an NSP grant administered by the Arizona Dept. of Housing, includes sensory-friendly design, adaptable features, smart home technology and convenient access to public transit. While several Transition Academy graduates call 29 Palms home, anyone who meets income qualifications can lease an apartment (per Fair Housing).