We are faced with more people with disabilities becoming homeless due to a lack of affordable housing. Unless & until housing is treated as a human right rather than a privilege disabled individuals will continue to be at risk due to lower income & rising rent prices. Addressing the root issues of affordability in the greater community, the disparity between rental prices & disability payments, & the serious lack of sustainable income opportunities for those who need flexible accommodations.
When it comes to finding secure, affordable housing, Americans with physical disabilities face a frustrating array of barriers, financial and bureaucratic ones as well as barriers of concrete, brick and wood. Poverty is perhaps the most significant barrier. A recent Census Bureau survey found that 28 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds with severe physical disabilities fall far below the federal poverty line, nearly four times the rate for people of the same age who are not disabled.
Affordable Homeownership Foundation has been working with architects & builders to educate them on the needs of people with disabilities. A movement is slowly gaining ground to establish housing that can better address the needs of this fast growing population. We started building Shared Housing called Single Room Occupancy Housing (SRO's) to try & address this issue. Each Bedroom has it's own kitchenette, accessible bathroom & bedroom all combined in one unit, with a shared Laundry & Dining.
Everyone needs safe, decent, stable housing. Most vulnerable individuals with mental illness, chronic health conditions, histories of trauma, & other struggles a home helps them to get adequate treatment & start on the path toward recovery. But some conditions make it difficult for people to maintain a stable home without additional help. Supportive housing, a highly effective strategy that combines affordable housing with intensive coordinated services, can provide that needed assistance.