Main Street, the brainchild of Jillian Copeland, whom I greatly admire, has taken her own family experiences and created an innovative movement for our nation to follow. “Main Street’s mission is to meet the urgent need for disability housing and programming with affordable, community-centered spaces and opportunities that promote inclusion, independence and quality of life.” A sense of belonging is the way she describes her goals and vision for this community project. This venture is very close to my heart because there is a pressing demand for integrated living and community structure that provides critical support to the special needs community, enabling them to shape their success. Main Street is a brilliant solution to fulfill this unmet need, and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.
Main Street is an inclusive, community-centered residential development. It is the first of its kind in the Washington Metropolitan Area where 25% of the apartments are designed and designated for adults with disabilities.
What makes Main Street different from other housing projects for adults with disabilities is this inclusive, community-focused model. A mix of different ages and abilities creates organic, meaningful interactions and opportunities that inspire the pathways to friendship and independence. Enriching, on-site activities remove the physical barriers often associated with group homes. There is easy accessibility to transit, employment opportunities and leisure. Main Street redefines the concept of home by offering a place to truly live.