New TAC study reveals that people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income cannot afford housing anywhere in the U.S.
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released a study, Priced Out in 2012, which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment of a person with a disability. The study sheds light on the serious problems experienced by our nation's most vulnerable citizens - extremely low-income people with significant and long-term disabilities.
"Nowhere in the United States can people with disabilities receiving SSI afford a safe, decent place to live," stated Kevin Martone, Executive Director for TAC. "Yet taxpayer resources are spent exponentially on the costs associated with institutionalization and homelessness when more cost effective, proven solutions exist. I encourage our policy makers to consider the magnitude of this crisis and work in a bipartisan fashion to address this form of discrimination against our most vulnerable citizens."
The study, which was funded by the Melville Charitable Trust, notes that the reform and expansion of HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program and appropriations for the National Housing Trust Fund could help to create more integrated housing linked with community-based services and supports. TAC and CCD urge Congress to provide sufficient funding over the next five years to expand HUD's innovative Section 811 PRA approach and to expand affordable housing opportunities for SSI recipients.
To obtain a copy of the study and any additional information, please visit TAC's website or call 617-266-5657 x110.