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"Everyone Needs A Decent Place To Live"
13.1% of The US Population
Is Living With A Disability.
In 2018, there were 326.2 million people living in the United States, 42.6 million of which were individuals with disabilities. ~ Institute on Disability UNH 2109 Annual Report
80% of individuals with I/DD, intellectual and developmental disabilities, live with a caregiver who is their family member. Alternatively, access to affordable and accessible housing outside a family home, in a setting with adequate supports, remains a challenge for people with I/DD and mobility issues.
~ 2017 FIND Survey
Many people with I/DD live with aging caregivers (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. ~ The ARC
For people who use mobility devices, finding housing with even basic accessibility features, for example an entrance with no steps or wide doorways, can be challenging, if not entirely impossible or unaffordable. ~ The ARC
Most caregivers (54%) reported that they did not have a plan for the future. Caregivers share a long list of concerns about what will happen to their loved one with disabilities when they are no longer able to support them. ~ 2017 FIND Survey
Special People Deserve Special Service
How many homeless veterans were there in the US in 2020?
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there were around 40,000.
~ United States Department of Housing & Urban Development
In fact, approximately 53% of homeless veterans have disabilities. ~ Disabled Veterans National Foundation
FACES OF THE HOUSING CRISIS: Deborah Moreno
By Christian McMahon, Communications Specialist, The Arc of California
To gain a better understanding of the realities that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face securing and maintaining housing in California I am working with people with I/DD to bring their stories to light. Deborah Moreno’s is the first of these stories.
The first thing you notice when you walk in to Deborah Moreno’s apartment is the collection of pictures of her friends and family that cover the living room walls. Happy people smile at you from every direction. The second thing you notice is the large whiteboard in the dining area that her team use to track her complex medical and care needs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Deborah’s apartment is an inviting and well-organized space.
Deborah has made immense sacrifices to stay in the two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento she moved into eight years ago. Deborah has watched her rent steadily rise, and though she receives a housing subsidy, as a single person living in a two-bedroom apartment, her stipend only covers most of the cost of a one-bedroom.
The nature of Deborah’s disability is such that she requires around the clock care. She must maintain a second bedroom, not for herself, but so that her nighttime direct support professionals have a place to be.
Each month Deborah struggles to pay the seven hundred dollars in rent that is not covered by her subsidy out of her modest Social Security income. She has cut back on anything that might be considered a luxury item, going so far as eating mostly top ramen and canned goods. Her health has suffered as a result of this diet. Her sleep apnea has returned. But to Deborah the largest sacrifice came when she was forced to give up internet service.
Deborah can talk, but her words are difficult for people new to her to understand. Even with great effort on her part, the words come out slowly and garbled. She is unable to have conversations on the phone. The internet was her easiest form of communication with the outside world. Shutting it off meant further isolating herself from the world. Isolating herself from the people and connections to her community that matter most. It also meant that in an emergency situation she has no ability to reach out for help on her own.
Despite these significant hardships Deborah faces to stay in her home, she loves where she lives. She loves her neighborhood, enjoys going out and running errands at the nearby shopping center, going to movies, and most of all, Deborah loves meeting up with her friends.
In the course of our interview Deborah mostly spoke through her direct support professional. But when asked what the most important thing is that she needs to improve her housing situation is she made fiery eye contacted and forced her words out. “For me to be able to afford it.”
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From the time I was a little girl, I've felt strongly that someone needs to look out for the "underdog", the people who struggle with major obstacles in their lives.
As it turns out, my daughter of 35 years, is a woman with special needs. As I age, I realize how important it is to have a life plan for Kate, a place for her to live and enjoy her life, a place she can call home.
However, the type of housing that is best for our children can be a very difficult decision to make. Here in NY there are several options to choose from, group homes and supported apartments are two.
A movement called "Self-Determination"
allows individuals to make choices in all areas of life, including housing. Living in an apartment or home of their own with supports they need can be an appealing idea. Especially when there can be long waiting lists for state run programs and facilities.
As a real estate broker for over 21 years, I understand the challenges people face to find a suitable rental. It can be even more difficult when there are special needs involved. There is HOPE. There are many benefits a landlord will gain when renting to a person with special needs, it's my privilege to educate them of those benefits.
With the experience I have gained in my real estate career and my understanding of the special circumstances people face, I have developed a program that helps adults with special needs find appropriate housing.
I offer my expertise and understanding of the community to locate available rentals. Knowledge & Compassion allows me to represent my clients in such a way that landlords are thrilled to accept them as tenants.
My partners, use their knowledge and expertise to help find funding, as well as gain access to services that make modifications, if needed. We can even assist in creating ADU's, Accessible Dwelling Units, on your existing property.