Two organizations/communities in Canada are examples of developing support organizations and housing co-operatives that work together. NABORS (http://www.interlog.com/~nabors/) is a support organization that is an association of thirteen people with disabilities, their families and friends. It was instrumental in developing two housing co-operatives in Toronto, Canada. The organization combines a dedication to individual control, a home of your own, and building community.
NABORS is a support organization that is an association of twelve people with disabilities, their families and friends. We believe that the twelve people are in control of their own destinies (as much as anyone can be) with the support of their families and friends. The essential aspect of NABORS is to make it possible for the twelve people to be accountable for their own lives, which includes contributing to the community.
This means: There must be a community. NABORS has a responsibility to nurture community in the CHORD and Courtyard housing co-operatives.
The twelve people will require different kinds of personal support in order to participate and contribute to their communities. NABORS has a responsibility to help individuals in the ways that each of them needs.
NABORS exists to support people to have control over their lives, not to take control. NABORS has a responsibility to help people to take and keep control over their lives.