Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) are supervised community-based residences for individuals who are disabled with developmental disabilities.
ICF’s were developed during the closing of Willowbrook in the early 1970’s. Officials at the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and consumer advocates believed that small community-based group homes were cost-effective and a humane alternative to institutionalization.
Community Action for Human Services, Inc. currently operates one ICF in Bronx County for adults with developmental disabilities, ages eighteen (18) and older.
Lodovick Avenue Residence
Pelham Gardens, Northeast Bronx – 23 Residents
Nested on a tree-lined street of one family homes with manicured lawns is our Lodovick Avenue Residence, a former nursing home. The announcement to convert the facility into an ICF in the fall of 1980 was rejected by the community. Residents were unfamiliar with the plight of developmentally disabled adults, many of whom lived in the state institutions. Neighbors learned, however that our goal was to work with adults with mental retardation/developmental disabilities and their families in conjunction with the community. Today, many adults who live at the Lodovick Avenue Residence have successfully integrated into the community. They attend neighborhood garage sales, worship at the Church of Holy Rosary and contribute to the economy by patronizing local stores.