Non-elderly adults with disabilities living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are the group that is most affected by the shortage of affordable rental housing in the country. According to Priced Out 2012, the national average for a one bedroom apartment, $758, was more than the average monthly SSI payment, $726. SSI payments are the sole source of income for 4.8 million non-elderly Americans (age 18-65 years) with considerable disabilities and limited assets who are unable to work.
Connecticut has 38,620 SSI recipients. In a state where the monthly SSI payment of $866 is only 16.6% of the state median income, CT SSI recipients are facing staggering odds: 111% of their SSI is needed to afford a typical one bedroom apartment and 92% of their SSI is needed for a typical efficiency apartment, leaving little for other basic goods.
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Washington-based Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force (CCD) partner together to release this report every other year, tracking the difference between monthly SSI payments and national and state monthly rental housing costs.
In light of the anticipated cuts due to sequestration, TAC and CCD urge against cuts to the vital resources that are in place for these vulnerable populations. They include recommendations for reform and expansion of HUD’s section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities and for funding the National Housing Trust Fund to generate housing linked with community-based services and supports or non-elderly Americans with disabilities.
Click here to access the full report, Priced Out 2012.