Housing for adults with special needs.

Big Wave is creating a residential community for adults with developmental disabilities on the Half Moon Bay coast, close to friends and family in the area. It fosters community engagement, where the residents and their extended family become actively involved in the Big Wave residence, the local neighborhood, and the surrounding Half Moon Bay community.  We strongly encourage any family interested in becoming a member to participate in Big Wave volunteerism and activities, such as the Big Wave Farm.  

The majority of communal spaces will be located on the first floor, which integrates multiple areas where residents can gather, engage in a variety of social and enrichment activities, or choose to share a meal. 

Our residents can take advantage of the variety of employment and independent living choices at Big Wave as well as the larger community.  Each resident will be able to pursue their own community integration activities based on their individual choices.

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Some of the enriching opportunities that will be available to the residents:

The farm is a place where residents can learn to grow their own food and care for the Big Wave chickens. There will be opportunities to learn gardening skills and participate in nutritional education.

One Step Beyond will be occupying a space on the ground floor of the Big Wave residence, providing an on-site day program and culinary academy in which residents can choose to participate. Residents may also choose to spend their day engaging in any other off-site activities of their choice, including volunteering, taking a job, attending an off-site day program, or participating in recreational events.

Other Businesses

The first floor space will include other small, local businesses that may provide employment opportunities for the residents with easy access to their apartments.


Redi-coast and Redi-wheels will be available for transportation to and from Big Wave. There are also public bus routes that run from Airport Street into Half Moon Bay and local communities with transfer options.

Social Activities and Outings

Big Wave plans to organize social activities and outings, according to the residents’ wishes and spaces within the community for exercise, quiet time and music. Big Wave has a close relationship with organized sports for the disabled, including basketball, swimming and softball and there are plenty of opportunities for nearby beach hikes and accessing tide pools.

Big Wave Community Founding Principles

  • Celebrate and support adults with disabilities in an independent living facility.
  • Encourage active resident involvement in their home, neighborhood and surrounding communities.
  • Utilize a design that addresses independence and safety.
  • Nurture high-value relationships between residents, families and support staff.


In order to qualify for residency at the Big Wave Community applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.  Those under 18 may apply now and move in to their apartment when they become age appropriate. However, buy-in for the membership is due at the time membership is offered, regardless of whether the prospective resident is not yet 18 years of age.
  2. Have a preference to live in a cooperative community designed for persons with developmental disabilities
  3. Have public or private support and services in place or be prepared to arrange for them
  4. Have strong independent living skills with proper supports and a desire for community-integrated employment as their skills allow
  5. Have resources (or a guarantor) to pay for all current and future Big Wave required costs and personal expenses
  6. Understand that as we are utilizing a family cooperative model, family participation at Big Wave will be expected and highly valued
  7. Not present an unmanageable risk to themselves or others
  8. Not have a criminal record that may adversely affect the health or safety of others

The Big Wave Community Cooperative Board of Directors will review qualified individuals and make the final decisions for membership.

Please complete our Statement of Interest Form and we will contact you.