Community Living Services

The ability to decide where and with whom to live is a freedom that is highly valued by all members of society, including persons with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Communities provide unlimited opportunities for acceptance, contribution, and inclusion.

CLASS Community Living Services enable adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities to live in the community as independently as possible while still accessing necessary supports from CLASS or other community resources. Services and supports that help individuals succeed include learning, practicing, and maintaining skills that are related to activities of daily living, such as:

  • Personal grooming and cleanliness
  • Safety
  • Household chores
  • Meal planning, food preparation, and eating
  • Medication assistance
  • Budgeting and bill paying
  • Recreation and leisure activities

CLASS manages housing sites for Southeast Kansas Housing for the Handicapped, Inc. and CLASS Homes I for persons with disabilities, although many individuals who receive Community Living Services live in their own home or apartment that is not managed by CLASS.

For more information about Community Living Services, contact Gretchen Andrews by email at, or by phone at 800.479.0259 (toll free) or 620.429.1212.


How will Community Living Services benefit me or my loved one?

Community Living Services will benefit you or your loved one by supporting the greatest degree of independence possible in an individual’s chosen lifestyle. Community Living Services assist individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities to build skills, increase independence, and live successfully and happily in the community of their choice.

How many residential facilities does CLASS manage/operate?

CLASS operates three tri-plex facilities, three quad-plex facilities, three group home facilities, and manages four other housing facilities. The tri-plex facilities are three separate apartments on one building site, and are located in Columbus, Parsons, and Pittsburg. The quad-plex facilities are four separate, two-bedroom apartments that are joined by a common living area, and are located in Columbus, Parsons, and Pittsburg. The group home facilities are single, residential homes, in which four or more individuals reside together. The group home facilities are located in Columbus, Parsons, and Pittsburg.

CLASS also manages two additional housing facilities in Columbus, as well as a housing facility in Independence and a housing facility in Oswego.

Can I live in my own home or apartment and still receive Community Living Services?

Yes, Community Living Services may be provided in an individual’s own home or apartment, or in a CLASS residential facility.

How are CLASS-managed residential facilities staffed?

Staffing levels at CLASS’ residential facilities are determined by the needs identified in each individual’s Person-Centered Plan.

Can I schedule a tour of the residential facilities?

Yes, CLASS staff can arrange a tour of some of our residential facilities. Remember that these sites are homes for the individuals who live there, so permission from the individual is always obtained before CLASS allows any visitors into the home. To schedule a tour of our residential facilities or to discuss our Community Living Services, contact Gretchen Andrews at 620.429.1212 or 800.479.0259 (toll free).