Press Release

“Smart Home” technology to be discussed for people with disabilities

BANGOR, Maine – Bangor-based UCP of Northeastern Maine will host a discussion by Cullen Ryan from Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) on opportunities to provide services for people with disabilities in their own homes.

UCP Chief Executive Officer Bobbi-Jo Yeager said in a press release, “For many people with disabilities, housing is a major issue, and a large part of the reason is that people with disabilities also frequently have low incomes. Housing is a priority, and is often a barrier to people with disabilities being able to work and live in a community.”

Tonight’s discussion will focus on UCP and Community Housing of Maine potentially working together to meet the needs of local people with disabilities. One of CHOM’s current projects is happening on Court Street, where a seven-unit apartment building is being constructed, and is due to open on May 1.

According to Yeager, “these apartments are being constructed with ‘Smart-home’ technology, which allows people with disabilities to live more independently, without constant ‘eyes-on’ supervision.” Three individuals, who are in their mid 20’s to early 30’s who have been approved to move into the Court street units have Cerebral Palsy. Yeager says: “until now, these young people in the prime of their lives have had no option other than living in nursing homes.” Providing housing opportunities with electronic monitoring capabilities allow for these individuals, to live much more independently.

The discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 10, at the Levinson Center at 159 Hogan Road in Bangor. The talk is open to anyone interested.

UCP of Northeastern Maine is a non-profit human services organization that advances the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities who have multiple needs. UCP of Northeastern Maine was founded in 1954 in Bangor.

Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) is a non-profit organization that develops, owns, and maintains quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for people with low incomes and special needs. Since its foundation in 1993, CHOM has developed 75 housing sites in 31 communities spanning 12 countries, creating over 688 units of low-income and special needs housing. CHOM have provided stable homes to hundreds of disadvantaged people in Maine.