Patuxent Commons is an intentional, supportive community for people of all ages, abilities and incomes planned for Columbia, MD.  The concept was developed by the Autism Society of Maryland (AUSOM) to help address the housing needs of adults with disabilities.  At Patuxent Commons, residents of all abilities will be welcomed and encouraged to be good, engaged neighbors.  Mission First Housing Group, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit developer, is overseeing construction of the 76-unit apartment project that will feature a mixed income development with 25% of the units set-aside to serve individuals with disabilities.  The balance of the units will be targeted to seniors, individuals and families.  Approximate 70% of the units will be affordable with 25% of the units set aside for people with disabilities.  This ideal location, close to transit, shopping, recreation and job opportunities, will facilitate integration of residents with disabilities into the surrounding community and promote their ability to live as independently as possible.

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The unanimous vote by the Howard County Council on April 4th in favor of CR29 helped set in motion the realization of a 10-year journey to create Patuxent Commons, a unique concept in disability, affordable, and intergenerational housing!  We are grateful for the support our our Howard County Council and the MANY supporters who have worked with us to bring this project to life.  THANK YOU!





On March 21, the Howard County Council held a hearing on CR29, legislation that will advance our Patuxent Commons housing initiative to reach a critical milestone!   

Nearly two dozen AUSOM members and Patuxent Commons advocates gave powerful testimony at Monday night’s legislative hearing before the Howard County Council.  If you didn’t catch it, read this Baltimore Sun article for all the details.  You can also watch a recording of the hearing here ( Our advocates’ testimony begins at the 1 hour, 56 minute mark.  #Itwasalongnight  #LeadtheWayHoCoCouncil

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Images of Patuxent Commons! – Fall 2020

We’re delighted to share these exciting images of the Patuxent Commons community!

AUSOM has led the effort to develop Patuxent Commons as a partial solution to the housing crisis facing adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County.

Our members have provided crucial seed funding and the input needed to bring this initiative forward from a promising idea to a viable concept. After a competitive selection process, Mission First Housing Group was selected to serve as the project’s developer. Earlier this year, Mission First secured an outstanding, transit-accessible location for the project in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood.

These preliminary images were designed by Moseley Architects, who’ve been working with us on this effort for the last three years. Click here for a fact sheet with all the details about Patuxent Commons.

This is an exciting stage in Patuxent Commons’ development but much work remains to be done. We have an important public meeting scheduled next week on Thursday, November 5, that we hope you’ll attend. Click for more information and access to the meeting link.


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The demand for affordable housing options for adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County is rapidly growing. The AUSOM Housing Committee has spent more than two years researching supportive housing models from across the country that could be adapted to address this pressing need. This process led AUSOM to identify the intentional, intergenerational community model as an approach that could bring inclusive, affordable housing to Howard County. The model has been used successfully to support child welfare-involved populations in award-winning communities such as Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, where it’s demonstrated effectiveness in increasing housing stability and reducing social isolation.

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Patuxent Commons In the News

Check out this article from The Business Monthly titled “Innovation and Inclusivity Driving New Housing Initiative in Howard County.”

We were the subject of an article in the Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times. Read about us online in The Baltimore Sun.

Patuxent Commons Supporters

  • Envision Fund – Catonsville Presbyterian Church
  • Harkins Builders
  • Mosley Architects
  • PNC Bank
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • And many generous individual donors