Market research is a critical first step in guiding the development of any housing project. This includes gathering data about what exists and what is lacking in your community and talking to people with disabilities and their families about both wants and needs.
The initial decision to develop Main Street was based on significant input from adults with disabilities and their families and from diverse sectors including public, private, governmental, business, health, education, law enforcement, social services, religious, housing and more in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. While developing the concept of Main Street from 2014-2017, the founders conducted extensive research within the disability community locally and nationally to determine gaps in services, barriers, best practices and model programs. Data collection methods included an online survey and in-person interviews.