Deaf Supportive Living

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Deaf Supportive Living
People Incorporated
726 2nd Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: 612-331-3525
TTY: 612-623-1045
Fax: 612-331-3587

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People Incorporated Deaf Supportive Living (DSL) provides supportive 24-hour Customized Living services for adults who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind, who use or want to use sign language as their primary mode of communication and who experience a mental illness. These services are provided in a twelve-unit apartment building in Northeast Minneapolis. Staff help participants learn how to manage their finances, housing, medical care, community resources, transportation and other life skills.

Who we serve

All must be adults (18+) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind and experience a mental illness. Supported apartment living must be a reasonable expectation for individuals in this program. Must be waiver eligible, including CADI and TBI waivers.

Services we provide

Program staff meet with participants one or more times a week to work on community living skills in the following areas:

  • Financial Management — budgeting, organizing financial paperwork, banking and balancing statements, dealing with creditors, understanding public assistance

  • Housing — acquiring and maintaining housing through lease compliance, paying rent, bills and personal safety training

  • Health — appointment scheduling, arranging transportation, accompanying individuals to appointments, medication education and management, education and first aid training

  • Community Support — accessing appropriate community resources, planning and hosting social events

  • Employment — coordinating services with vocational providers, researching/accessing training and employment supports

  • Transportation — teaching transportation options available for non-drivers and public transportation options

  • Individualized Services — individual instruction in specific daily skills such as meal planning, meal preparation, grocery shopping, housekeeping 

About our location

Individuals live in either a single room or efficiency apartment. The program is in a large building co-located with our Deaf Mental Health Services Drop-In Center in Northeast Minneapolis. Those living in single rooms have access to kitchen and dining facilities shared by seven individuals. Efficiency apartments have a self-contained kitchenette and bathroom in each unit. Staff have offices in the building.

About the process

The individual, providers, family members, or any other interested party can make referrals to the program. The person’s eligibility is determined through a process which includes:

  • completion of the client intake form, psychological evaluation, social/family history and medical examination;

  • a visit to the program; and

  • an interview with the Program Supervisor. 

About our fees

Participants live in their own apartments and are responsible for their own food, clothing, and shelter expenses. Tenants pay rent for their unit, currently $ 325 per month for single rooms and $ 400 per month for efficiencies. We work with each tenant and their financial worker to ensure that they receive financial assistance based on their eligibility. This may include SSDI, MSA, food stamps and medical assistance. Staffing and other costs are paid for via waivered funding through Medical Assistance. Payment for the program must be pre-authorized by the county of financial responsibility. The person must be screened for waivered services funding and the determined rate must cover base program fees. Additional services needed by the participant need to be added and approved by the county.

About our staff

Our staff are both Deaf and hearing individuals who are fluent in sign language and have education and experience in human services. Staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, OSHA, psychiatric medication, psychiatric rehabilitation, VA, communication skills, and non-violent de-escalation techniques.

Hours of operation

Services and on-site supervision are provided 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with awake overnight staff. Staff remain available for medical and any other emergencies. We use a paging system that allow participants to inform staff of urgent needs from their apartments.


The program is a Certified Housing with Services establishment and is also licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health.


Member of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) as well as members of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).