Vulnerable People with Disabilities Completely Priced Out of Nation’s Housing Market

Posted by Pam Blanton on October 28, 2011

From Technical Assistance Collaborative

New Study Reveals that National Average Rents are Higher than Supplemental Security Income Payments Received by People with Disabilities

The national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is more than the entire amount of Supplemental Security Income received by people with disabilities, according to a new study released today by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force and the Technical Assistance Collaborative.

The study, titled Priced Out in 2010, reveals that as a national average, people with disabilities living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) needed to pay 112 percent of their income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit priced at the fair market rent. Rents for smaller studio/efficiency apartments, were 99 percent of SSI.

SSI is a federal program that provides income to people with significant and long term disabilities who are unable to work and have no other source of income and virtually no assets. According to Priced Out, in 2010, a single person SSI household received an average monthly SSI payment of $703 to cover all their basic needs, including housing.

“This study makes it crystal clear why vulnerable people with disabilities become homeless or are unable to move out of high-cost institutional settings,” said Ann O’Hara of the Technical Assistance Collaborative, who co-authored the study. “As this study shows, a monthly income of only $703 is less than the rent for most apartments, particularly in higher cost housing markets.”  Read More

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