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Research is an important tool for

  • understanding needs of the targeted population,
  • educating policy makers,
  • using evidenced-based practices to develop programs  and
  • demonstrating needs to funders. 

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What we know from the research:

  • Persons with a disability that are extremely low income or living off of an SSI disability check, struggle to find housing that is affordable.
  • Persons with disabilities are at high risk of becoming homeless. Over 37% of homeless persons have a disability.
  • It is less expensive to house someone who is homeless than to let them cycle in and out of community institutions such as jails, hospitals, and crisis units.
  • It is less expensive to provide community-based, supportive housing than to house someone in an institution such as a nursing home or psychiatric hospital.

Research Documents:researchicon

Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for the Chronically Homeless Individuals, U.S. Dept of HHS Report 2011 

HUD Worse Case Housing Needs of Persons with Disabilities Report

HUD 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

The White House Plan for Ending Homelessness "Opening Doors"

National Council on Disability Report on the State of Housing for Persons with Disabilities

National Disability Authority of Ireland Research on Housing for Persons with Develomental Disabilities.

Technical Assistance Collaborative 2010 "Priced Out Report" on lack of affordability of housing to persons on SSI Disability Income.

National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach Report compares rental housing costs to wages to determine affordability of housing in your area.

U.S. HUD Transforming Housing for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Report

Medical Cost of Homelessness Fact Sheet, prepared by AIDS Foundation of Chicago based on research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Katrina Success Story, by Ann O'Hara, The Technical Assistance Collaborative, on the integration of supportive housing units in tax credit funded housing developments.

State of Florida Guidelines for Supportive Housing

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Paper on Supportive Housing