Criteria for Residency

Residency at Down Home Ranch is open to persons who:

  • Are at least age 18 and older and finished with high school
  • Desire to live on a genuine working Texas ranch
  • Do not pose a danger to themselves or others
  • Are able to benefit from the social, educational, residential and vocational programs offered by Down Home Ranch
  • Are capable of maintaining behavior which does not disrupt the peaceful life of the community
  • Wish to live in close proximity to friends and co-workers on the Ranch

Residency is open to applicants meeting the above criteria regardless of socioeconomic level, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or national origin.

Process for Residency

When a vacancy occurs, the interest list is consulted to find potential matches for the living situation and residential option available. Ranchers living in a home play an important role in selecting the new community member.

It is vital that every Rancher 1) be able to benefit from life in the Down Home Ranch community, and 2) be able and willing to contribute to the community in the setting currently available.

Those interested in residency should fill out the form below, consider joining our email list, visit our website often and check out the Down Home Ranch Facebook Page for News and Upcoming Events.

Rancher Info

Note: For our ICF/IDD program, Down Home Ranch evaluates potential residents based on 1) their compatibility with the people already residing in the home and 2) their ability to benefit from and contribute to the unique community that is Down Home Ranch and the programs we offer. All other factors being equal, a potential Rancher who has been on the list longer will be offered residency before those who have been on the list a shorter time.
If same as above, please leave blank.
All DHR Ranchers must be at least 18 years of age.
If paying privately, please note that as well.

Guardian Info

Please note that it is the responsibility of the Guardians to keep Down Home Ranch informed of changes in address, phone numbers, emails and other contact info.
Ex: 123 Main St. Austin, Texas 78712

Additional Info Needed on Potential Rancher

Residency Interest Process

  1. Fill out the interest list above OR download and complete the Residency Interest List Form — this is an electronic “fillable” PDF form. If needed, download the latest version of Adobe Reader here. Please be sure to read the DHR Privacy Practices to better understand how your personal information will be used.
  2. Immediately save the file to your computer with the first and last name of the prospective Rancher (e.g., John-Doe-Interest-List.pdf).
  3. Complete the form by typing your answers into the fields provided, saving the file frequently as you complete the form.
  4. When the application is complete, save the completed file and email it as an attachment to [email protected] Please include “Residency Interest List” in the Subject line of your email, along with the name of the prospective Rancher.
  5. If a vacancy is anticipated, Residency Interest List Forms will be reviewed by a member of our staff and families will be contacted if their applicant appears to be a good match.

Residency Options at Down Home Ranch

The Village is home to Ranchers and resident staff, several happy dogs and one friendly cat. Down Home Ranch Residency options consist of:

Intermediate Care Facility (ICF-Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) Group Homes

ICF-IDD is a federal/state program supported by tax dollars.  There is no waiting list for ICF-IDD; potential residents must simply be out of high school and have a determination of intellectual disability granted before the age of 18 to participate.

Four Intermediate Care Facility (ICF-IDD)/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities homes.

  • Six-person capacity plus live-in staff
  • Large individual, private bedrooms, decorated to personal taste
  • Private or semi-private bathroom
  • Single-sex and co-ed houses
  • Fees paid by federal and state tax dollars
  • Potential Ranchers must be eligible for Medicaid and have a determination of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to qualify
  • No current openings

HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES (HCS) GROUP HOMES

Home and Community-Based Service (HCS) is a waiver program for which there exists a 10-15 year waiting list. Ranchers live the city limits of Elgin and are transported to the ranch daily for programs. Learn more about the HCS wavier.

  • Three-person capacity plus live-in staff
  • Large individual, private bedrooms, decorated to personal taste
  • Private or semi-private bathroom
  • One home for women, one for men
  • Fees paid by federal and state tax dollars
  • Potential Ranchers must be eligible for Medicaid and have a determination of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to qualify
  • No current openings

Fee-Based Residential Options

Gabriel House
  • Five-person capacity plus live-in staff
  • Large individual, private bedrooms, decorated to personal taste
  • Private or semi-private bathroom
  • Co-Ed
  • Private-Pay $3,600 per month/person
  • Taking applications for current openings
Benedict House
  • Two-person capacity plus live-in staff
  • Large individual, private bedrooms, decorated to personal taste
  • Semi-private bathroom
  • Male only
  • Private-Pay $3,600 per month/person
  • Taking applications for current opening
Supported Independent Living (SIL)

In addition to meeting the general Criteria for Residency, candidates for SIL must demonstrate a high degree of personal responsibility:

Able to manage without direct assistance:

  • Grooming and personal hygiene
  • Prepare breakfast and clean up afterwards
  • Report to work on time
  • Take care of personal needs such as kitchen chores, light housework and laundry with minimal help
  • Get along with housemate (for two-person households)

Able to manage with assistance:

  • Plan menus and shopping
  • Maintain home and yard
  • Prepare simple meals
Sarah House & Timothy House
  • Capacity: 2 each
  • 2-bedroom, 2-bath suites
  • Large private individual bedrooms and bathrooms, decorated to personal taste
  • Common living, kitchen and dining areas
  • Single-sex, married couple or life partners
  • Private-Pay $3,600 per month, per person
  • No current openings
Micro-Homes
  • Capacity: 1 each
  • 1-bedroom, 1-bath
  • Kitchen/living area
  • Front porch
  • No current openings

The Residential DSP for Supported Independent Living works with all Ranchers in SIL, living in close proximity in the Village.