We're excited to welcome Ann Bui to The Kelsey as the new Manager of Housing and Inclusion Services! Ann brings a unique perspective as a family advocate as well as an understanding of the California Regional Center Services System. As with everyone on our team, we asked her to share her #MyOwnHome story.
#MyOwnHome has meant a lot of things in my life. Growing up, I was a caregiver to my parents, and younger brother Martin who has Autism and a traumatic brain injury. With my role in the family, my home was with them until I was 31.
As refugee immigrants, we faced many challenges. I grew up advocating for my family members with disabilities, to gain access to healthcare services, education, housing, and employment, while managing my own invisible disabilities. My family and I faced discrimination, and barriers throughout our housing journey. It caused us to move from state-to-state seeking better supports and services, and a place to call home, where we felt welcomed and supported.
Today, home means something different, it’s where I share an apartment with my partner and two rescue cats. Yet, it still is frustrating to learn that less than 20% of all people with developmental disabilities have access to their own home, and that average rents are 113% of a person with a disabilities *entire* SSI income. It’s time to change that. I’m grateful to join The Kelsey’s team to advance community-based inclusive housing options for people with disabilities and making sure they have the services and community connections that support them to thrive where they live.