AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable Housing

People with disabilities face a severe housing affordability crisis in this country. HUD's 2015 Worst Case Housing Needs Report to Congress found that in 2013, as many as 7.7 million renter households had worst case housing needs —defined as renters with acute needs for housing assistance, or unassisted renters with incomes below half of their area's median income who pay more than half of their income for housing or live in severely substandard housing. About  one in seven, or 14%, of renter households with worst case housing needs included a nonelderly person with disabilities. According to Priced Out in 2014, a biennial report published by TAC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force, the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is more than the entire amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) received by people with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency that creates solutions to meet the housing needs of homeless people and people with disabilities. TAC has developed a Federal Housing Resources Guide which highlights the key programs administered by HUD that are relevant to the housing needs of low-income people with disabilities including people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The largest HUD affordable housing program is the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Over the past 15 years, HUD has awarded over 70,000 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) targeted exclusively to people with disabilities to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across the nation. TAC maintains a comprehensive database that identifies the PHAs in each state that administer these HCVs targeted to special needs populations.

The long-awaited activation of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) program, which will primarily be targeted to rental housing for extremely low-income (ELI) households, represents an important new opportunity for states to begin shaping the future of our nation’s ELI housing policies, including a robust expansion of integrated permanent supportive housing (PSH) units for the most vulnerable ELI populations. TAC's report, Creating New Integrated Permanent Supportive Housing Opportunities For ELI Households: A Vision for the Future of the National Housing Trust Fund, documents innovative ELI financing strategies developed in several states which could be adapted for NHTF capital and operating subsidy funding to begin closing the gap in ELI and PSH supply in 2016 when these new funds become available to states.  

TAC maintains the Resource Center on Supportive Housing which provides state-of-the-art information and resources for states and other supportive housing stakeholders as they face new challenges and opportunities for ensuring integrated community living opportunities for people with disabilities.

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