HOUSING INITIATIVE

The Arc of Greater Columbus

The ARC of Greater Columbus

P.O. Box 4538

Columbus, GA 31914-0538

Phone: 706-505-2068

Email: info@arcgreatercolumbus.org

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Being part of the community and living as independently as possible are among the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates. A home of one’s own – either rented or owned – is the cornerstone of independence for people with disabilities. However, across the U.S. people with disabilities, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), face a severe housing crisis.

Affordability

The affordability gap for people with disabilities has exponentially worsened in recent years. According to Priced Out in 2014, approximately 4.9 million non-institutionalized Americans with disabilities who rely on federal monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) have incomes averaging only $8,995 per year – low enough to be priced out of every rental housing market in the nation. In 2014, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $780 per month – or 104% of the national average monthly SSI income for beneficiaries living independently.

Accessibility

An accessible home offers specific features or technologies to accommodate people with disabilities, such as lowered kitchen counters and sinks, roll-under stoves, widened doorways, wheel-in showers and raised electrical outlets. For people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, finding housing with even basic accessibility features (e.g. an entrance with no steps) ranges from daunting to impossible. In addition, accessible units can be very costly to rent or purchase.

Aging Caregivers

Across the U.S., over 850,000 people with I/DD live with an aging caregiver (age 60 and older). As this generation of caregivers continues to age, many of their adult children with I/DD may be at risk of institutionalization or homelessness due to the shortage of housing and support services.

Housing Discrimination

People with disabilities all too often face discrimination when seeking housing. In fact, complaints by people with disabilities often make up the majority of discrimination complaints received by HUD’s Fair Housing Enforcement Office.

Availability

Finally, the supply of affordable, accessible housing remains far less than the need.

 

The Arc of Greater Columbus has begun an initiative to fill this void in the valley.  We are in the process of building the first two of what will become an entire network of affordable homes.  In 2017 the Arc of Greater Columbus will become a leading provider of affordable housing for the disabled citizens of the valley.

 

 

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