The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) (of which ANCOR is a member) and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) publish a study every two years which documents the housing crisis for people with disabilities. The study compares average HUD fair market rents for one-bedroom and efficiency apartments with the average SSI benefit for a person with a disability living in the community. It finds that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire SSI payment of a person with a disability. The study provides data for all states and 2,572 housing market areas across the nation.
Priced Out is an invaluable tool for state and local advocates, and highlights the need for adequate funding for key federal programs including HUD’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program and the National Housing Trust Fund. The report includes a forward by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who was the House sponsor of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010, the legislation that made the 811 program possible.
More information, including a national fact sheet, state-by-state comparisons, key findings, and policy recommendations, may be found here.