Independent Living Skills/ Supported Living Services

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills (ILS) services provide training and assistance for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence while living with others or to acquire and maintain living independently.

ILS services are funded through the regional center and delivered in a non-licensed home or apartment. Rental assistance is offered through HUD’s Section 8 Housing Program and living expenses are paid through Supplemental Security Income or other benefits/income.


ILS services mostly focus on basic self-help activities that may include any of the following:

  • Money management
  • Shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Health/medical care
  • Laundry
  • Advocacy
  • Psycho-social support

Supported Living Services

Supported Living Services (SLS) assist adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities establish and maintain a safe, stable, and independent life in homes they own or rent. SLS helps individuals make meaningful choices toward their personal goals in relationships and the community. SLS is offered for as long as needed and is flexible to a person’s changing needs over time.

SLS can be funded through the regional center and/or In-Home Support Services and can be supervised by the individuals themselves. Individuals who receive SLS are eligible for HUD’s Section 8 Housing Program. Their living expenses may be paid through Supplemental Security Income or other benefits/income.


SLS may include assistance with the following:

  • Selecting a home
  • Moving into a home
  • Choosing personal attendants
  • Choosing housemates
  • Acquiring household furnishings
  • Participating in daily living activities
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • Participating in community life
  • Managing personal financial affairs


Last modified: April 29, 2023