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June 20, 2011
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released the Priced Out in 2010 study which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person living with a disability. The study sheds light on the serious problems experienced by our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – extremely low income people living with significant and long-term disabilities – including non-elderly adults living with serious mental illness.
As many NAMI members know first-hand, SSI is a federal program that provides income to people living with significant and long-term disabilities, including serious mental illness, who are unable to work and have no other source of income and virtually no assets. According to Priced Out in 2010, a single person SSI household received an average monthly SSI payment of $703 to cover all their basic needs, including housing. This study documents that $703 is less than the rent for most apartments across the nation, particularly in higher cost housing markets.
The major findings from the Priced Out in 2010 study include the following:
Priced Out in 2010 is the 7th edition of the Priced Out series and is being published as our nation struggles to recover from a deep recession and as major cuts are being made in federal programs. Unlike some prior economic downturns, this one has been all about housing. Millions of Americans have already lost their homes or continue to face foreclosure, eviction and the possibility of homelessness.
To obtain a copy of Price Out in 2010 and additional information please visit, http://pricedout.tacinc.org or call (617) 266-5657.