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Cohousing Solutions For Neurodiverse Adults

In this special episode of Anderson Business Advisors, Toby Mathis speaks with Jim Richardson and Diane Lawson of Front Porch Co-Housing about a growing issue in our country – the lack of independent, affordable housing opportunities for neurodivergent adults.

This is an opportunity for our listeners to help solve. There are 5.4 million autistic adults in the U.S. today, and 87% of these individuals live with their parents. It is crucial that there be a plan for those adult children when their parents are gone.  Investing in real estate used for this purpose is an amazing opportunity to be “more than a landlord” and the non-profit status of the Front Porch Co-Housing organization can also offer the investor certain advantages.


  • Diane’s experience with a neurodivergent son being denied housing
  • Jim’s background – also has a son with autism who was denied housing
  • The scope – millions of adults with neurodivergent issues
  • A unique approach – co-housing neurotypical and neurodivergent adults – “neuro-inclusive living”
  • Millennials (22-40), are experiencing unprecedented levels of loneliness and isolation
  • The expansion plan for Front Porch Housing
  • Costs for neuro-inclusive living – planning for an entire lifetime
  • No state funding assistance – not classified as a ‘group home’
  • Real estate investors can help their communities and be more than “just a landlord”
  • Sponsoring a neurodivergent person in your community – visit the Front Porch link below
  • Donations can also be land, real estate, vehicles to sell, and other assets – email Jim with the link below


Front Porch Co-Housing Website

Donate to, or Support Front Porch

Email Diane

Email Jim

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Toby Mathis on YouTube

Full Episode Transcript:

Toby: Hey, guys. This is Toby Mathis with the Anderson Business Advisors Podcast. Today, I got a very interesting topic that I really want people to pay attention to because I think it’s something that’s critical in this country and that you’re going to learn about and realize how critical it is and how it’s not going away unless we do something about it.

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