A recent study done by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force, Priced Out in 2010, concludes that the national average rent is more than what is received by people with disabilities on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The study, which includes housing data from all 50 states and more than 2,500 housing markets, compared the amount a person with significant and long-term disability receives in the SSI program to the Fair Market Rents provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. TAC and CCD have been producing annual Priced Out studies since 1998. The 2010 results indicated that people utilizing SSI to live are priced out of every market studied. Not only that, but they are living below the national poverty line.
“During 2010, the average monthly income of a single person SSI household was only $703, while the average one-bedroom fair market rent (established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) was $787,” TAC reports in a recent e-mail distribution.
Priced Out in 2010 also reports that the average SSI income provided to people with disabilities is just 18.7% of the national median income for a one-person household. That number has declined from 24.4% in 1998 while the national average for rent has increased by 50%.
Key findings from Priced Out in 2010 can be found at http://www.tacinc.org/downloads/Priced%20Out%202010/Key%20Findings.pdf
To search for data from your state, go to http://www.tacinc.org/resources/data/pricedout/