New Report Highlights Affordable Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

The Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force have released Priced Out in 2014, a new study which highlights an ongoing barrier to community living for people with disabilities – the lack of accessible, affordable housing. This publication is released every two years, and includes national, state and local data. The 2014 results show that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire average Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment for a person with a disability living in the community. “This report makes an important contribution to our understanding of the full dimensions of the rental housing affordability crisis. It is required reading for policymakers and the public alike,” write Former HUD Secretary Cisneros and Former Senator Bond, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, in the Priced Out in 2014 forward. To read the report and access state and local data, visit the Priced Out web site.

HUD Receives 42 Applications for New Integrated Housing for People with Disabilities

In May, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of $85 million to state housing agencies to provide affordable, inclusive, supportive housing for extremely low-income people with disabilities. This historic announcement marked the first time that Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program funding is being offered to state housing agencies that meet new eligibility criteria, including having a partnership with a state health and human services and Medicaid agency to provide essential supports and services. HUD estimates that this funding will provide 2,800 new supportive housing units for people with disabilities set within larger housing developments in the community. The application deadline closed August 7, with HUD receiving 42 applications from 34 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on the Section 811 program visit the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) Resource Center on Supportive Housing at http://811resourcecenter.tacinc.org.

New Report Highlights Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

The Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities today released Priced Out in 2010: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities. The report provides state and local housing market data highlighting the nation’s housing crisis for people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The report provides an invaluable tool for state and local advocates to educate policymakers, media, and the public about the urgent need for affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities. Visit the TAC website to download a copy of the full report.

Opportunity for Advocates: Upcoming Report on Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

On June 20th, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities will release Priced Out in 2010: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities. The report provides state and local housing market data highlighting the nation’s housing crisis for people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). State and local advocates who are working on housing policy are encouraged to consider doing outreach to local media and policymakers in advance of the report.  For more information, including a sample press release and fact sheet, contact Gina Schaak at gschaak@tacinc.org.

Opportunity for Advocates: Upcoming Report on Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities

On June 20th, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities will release Priced Out in 2010: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities. The report provides state and local housing market data highlighting the nation’s housing crisis for people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For example, in 2010 average rents for one bedroom apartments had increased more than 60% since 1998, and exceeded 112% of the average SSI benefit. State and local advocates who are working on housing policy are encouraged to consider doing outreach to local media and policymakers in advance of the report.  For more information, including a sample press release and fact sheet, contact Gina Schaak at gschaak@tacinc.org.