By Andrew Sperling
Earlier this week, the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force released an important report showing the huge difficulties faced by people with disabilities including mental illness in getting affordable rental housing. The report, Priced Out in 2014, compares Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to fair market rents in housing markets across the country. A fairly obvious point made for anyone who relies on SSI for basic needs or has family members that do–nowhere in America are SSI benefits enough to rent your own apartment.
Along with the report, they released a fact sheet with these key findings:
While this is not news, the report can be used as an advocacy tool for NAMI members in asking their affordable housing system to support rental housing—especially Section 8—to non-elderly people with disabilities.
Visit the Technical Assitance Collaborative's website to learn more about the key findings and what we can do about this crisis.
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