A Housing Shortage in California
While the affordable housing crisis is well understood in our region, the over 5.3 million Americans (110 thousand Bay Area residents) with developmental and other disabilities are continually overlooked. These individuals worry daily about their housing future.
Less than 12% of people with disabilities with service needs rent or own their own home
55% of housing discrimination is disability related, more than any other population
40% of unhoused individuals have a disability
There is not a single US city where a person relying on SSI can afford housing
What's driving this challenge?
People with disabilities, especially those who rely on fixed income like SSI or are unable to work full time, cannot afford housing; even middle income individuals are priced out
Buildings aren’t accessible to people with physical, sensory, or support needs; locations often isolate people from jobs, community, and services
Communities segregate people based on ability, income, or background or aren’t operated to facilitate connection and support