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New Report Shows SSI Recipients at Risk of Housing Instability

Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
 

A new report, Priced Out in 2014, finds that those living on the modest income provided by the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program struggle to find housing they can afford, nationally and in Connecticut. Priced Out, a biennial report released by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force, focuses on the housing challenges for individuals receiving SSI by examining SSI incomes and housing costs across the nation.

SSI is a federal program that provides financial assistance to disable individuals with extremely low incomes and resources. On a national level, individuals receiving SSI have to pay 104% of their income to rent a fair market one-bedroom apartment and 90% of their income to rent a studio unit. According to HUD, housing is affordable when an individual pays no more than 30% of his or her income on rent. 

In Connecticut, individuals who depend on SSI benefits to pay for their expenses spent 113%-176% of their income to rent a one-bedroom unit in the following areas:

  • Bridgeport - 113%
  • Danbury - 132%
  • New Haven/Meriden - 119%
  • Stanford/Norwalk - 176%

The report provides some federal policy recommendations on how communities and policy makers can begin to address this issue. Some of the suggestions include:

Click here to access Priced Out in 2014.

 
 

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