Integrated Housing

This residential complex will comprise an array of accessible homes integrated with student dormitories. The new technology installed in the homes will allow residents with disabilities to manage their daily lives as independently as possible. This proposed housing system serves as a unique and exceptional model, one that does not yet exist in Israel. It will serve 54 members from the Day Center and an additional number of university and college students in the area. The students that will live in the housing units will commit to the framework of social integration and will commit to volunteer in the community.

The residence will be designed to address the factors that are found to be significant in the quality of life of the members. Throughout the process of building this model we have striven to ensure that the housing will enable residents to live a lifestyle that is accepted and prevalent in society.  

Values and Characteristics of the Housing System

  • Privacy and autonomy
  • Independence and personal choice
  • Sense of belonging
  • Partnership in household management and related decision making
  • Opportunity for a social life with the wider community and peer groups
  • Relationship with family
  • Potential for intimate relationships

The housing will be built according to the principles of Universal Design. All houses and compounds on the campus will be available and accessible to the public and allow freedom of movement and independent mobility. The houses themselves will be designed in a way that will allow residents maximum independence in running and maintaining the house and using its facilities.

The housing will facilitate an integrated community of students and people with intellectual and physical disabilities to live together and develop personal and social relationships. In addition, the services at the Elga Campus, which will attract people from outside, will facilitative meetings and connections with a wider social network.

All residents – students and people with disabilities alike,  will have private space in their homes. In contrast to other housing units where it is accepted to place a number of people in one room, in the housing on the Elga Campus, every person will have their own space for personal use.

Housing Structure

  • Nine two-storey houses
  • On the ground floor of each house will be six individual units for six residents with disabilities. Each resident will live in their own space with the option of having a separate entrance.
  • Each individual unit will include: a bedroom, shower, bathroom, kitchenette, guest area and private garden.
  • Couples who choose to live together will have the option of combining two independent units into a family apartment.
  • The six residents on the ground floor will have a shared kitchen, living room, staff room, and washing machine and dryer. Every home will function independently in terms of food preparation and laundry etc.
  • Student accommodations will be built on the top floor of each house. Each house will include two student apartments with two or three individual bedrooms.
  •  All student units will be accessible by elevator. Although, member apartments will be set on the ground floor in order to facilitate mobility, it is likely that some of the students and members will choose switch their housing units.