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People with Disabilities Still Priced Out of Housing


Across the country - and especially in Connecticut - the average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is more than the entire Supplemental Security Income of a person with a disability, according to a study released today by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force and the Technical Assistance Collaborative.

Priced Out in 2010 reveals that nationally people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) needed to pay 112 percent of their monthly income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit at HUD's fair market rent, which is the cost of a typical, no-frills apartment ($703/month SSI payment vs. $787/month rent).

Connecticut's situation is worse, where people using SSI would pay 120% of their income on housing ($842 SSI/month vs. $1010/month rent). Fairfield County, the second most expensive rental market in the country, has it far worse. With SSI not adjusted to higher housing costs, a person using SSI in the Stamford-Norwalk area would have to pay 172% of that income on housing ($842/month SSI vs. $1448/month rent).

For context, HUD recommends that for housing to be "affordable," it should consume no more than 30% of the household budget. When the cost of housing far exceeds SSI payments, people with disabilities face inadequate choices: rent substandard or overcrowded housing, pay too much toward their housing and not have money for other critical needs, remain stuck in high cost institutional settings like mental hospitals or nursing homes - or be homeless.

To read the complete study and find data about specific housing markets, go to


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