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Nestled in the heart of Connecticut stands an organization that has been quietly transforming lives for 65 years.

The Arc of the Farmington Valley has received $1.5 million grant to help build a third supportive housing complex that will set aside units for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Project SEARCH, a partnership between The Arc of the Farmington Valley and UConn Health, has meant meaningful work for dozens of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In the three years since 2020, Lauren and Scott Masson fell in love, married, and moved to a new apartment in Canton. But the couple has yet to perform in "Aladdin Jr.," a play they've been preparing for since pre-pandemic.

CT expanding supportive housing for adults with disabilities - State program offers another option for people with intellectual disabilities

Eighty-percent of the units will be designated as affordable housing under State Statute 8-30g, including 15 units reserved for Favarh clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Marcy speaks with representatives from Favarh, an organization that helps people with disabilities find jobs.

Bloomfield — Charlie Correll’s family didn’t plan on him ever living alone. Correll, 61, has lived in a couple of group homes but needs care that seemed to put independence out of reach. But in August, he moved into his own apartment at Bloomfield’s Lavender Fields, which is offering new supportive housing units for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.

BLOOMFIELD — The anticipation of move-in day at Lavender Field apartments is on par with the first day in a new college dorm or a young adult’s first apartment. A single orange moving truck idled outside the side door, which was propped open. It’s the first of what will be many moving trucks to pull up to the complex of 38 new apartments.

A public-private partnership between New York-based developer Regan Development and Canton-based nonprofit Favarh has completed two supportive-housing complexes in Canton and Bloomfield for adults with disabilities.

People with disabilities have the courage and determination to achieve their goals in life.

The Friends of Canton Dog Park recently held a vesting ceremony for Favarh work crew, a group that comes to the park twice daily to help with maintenance and safety.

Tenants with IDD prepare to live independently.

For nearly 20 developmentally disabled young adults, the new Bear Woods apartments in Canton offer their first chance to live outside their families’ homes.

“I feel really good to be here — it makes me feel like a grownup,” said Nick Sinacori, 26, who until now has had to live with his parents at their house in Simsbury.

For Nick Sinacori, 2020 was going to be a pivotal year. The 25-year-old West Simsbury man, who has an intellectual disabilty and autism, was poised to leave his parents’ home and live on his own for the first time.

Then the coronavirus crisis struck.