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June 9, 2015
People with Disabilities Priced Out of Nation's Housing Market
New study reveals that people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income cannot afford housing anywhere in the United States
Washington, D.C. -- According to a study released today by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), and the Consortium for Citizens (CCD) with Disabilities Housing Task Force, the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is more than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person with a disability. Priced Out in 2014 reveals that people with disabilities receiving SSI needed to pay 104 percent of their monthly income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit at the published fair market rent.
"From Bethel, Alaska to Boston, Massachusetts, to Tallahassee, Florida, we have an affordable housing crisis in our nation's local communities, and it is particularly acute for people with disabilities on SSI. The effect is incontrovertible - too many people with disabilities on SSI are homeless or live in segregated settings," stated Kevin Martone, TAC Executive Director. He added, "The human toll is inexcusable and the economic argument to address affordable housing is compelling."
National Fair Housing Alliance Report Links Fair Housing to Health, Education, Transit, Wealth, and Job Opportunities
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) released its 2015 Fair Housing Trends Report, “Where You Live Matters.” The report features the importance of fair housing in ensuring access to a quality education, transit options, health care, job opportunities and healthy food.
The report also discusses the state of fair housing from a national perspective, with chapters exploring the latest data on housing discrimination, highlights of recent enforcement actions, current public policy shaping access to housing opportunity and recommendations for advancing fair housing nationwide.
According to the report, fair housing complaints numbered 27,528 in 2014, consistent with the number of complaints filed in recent years. However, housing discrimination is significantly underreported, mostly because it can be difficult to discern. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of reported complaints represents less than one percent of the four million instances of housing discrimination that are estimated to occur each year.