The mission of FORWARD, Inc. is to build affordable, supportive housing that enables adults with autism and related disabilities to thrive in an appropriate, safe and healthy environment. Union was fortunate to work with them to develop FORWARD at the Rock, an eight-bedroom community for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The housing, located at the heart of Cape Cod, is situated on a peaceful wooded site near Hokum Rock, a local cultural and historical landmark. In addition to the housing, future plans include the creation of public walking trails on the adjacent 10 acres of town-owned property.
Through this project, FORWARD and its partners, the Housing Assistance Corporation and the town of Dennis, have created two homes with affordable housing for community members with ASD. Each individual home has four single bedrooms with private and semi-private bathrooms, common kitchen, living, recreation areas, a small workspace for staff, and a shared courtyard for socializing.