Across the nation, people with disabilities face a crisis in the availability of safe, affordable, and accessible housing. Over 730,000 people with developmental disabilities live with aging parents (at least one of whom is over age 60). For people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, finding housing with even basic accessibility features (e.g., an entrance with no steps) ranges from daunting to impossible. For people with disabilities whose resources are limited to Supplemental Security Income benefits, the affordability crisis is even worse. ANCOR’s rich history in Washington includes advocating for policy, funding, and oversite of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs—specifically the Section 811 program and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
In partnership with other disability organizations through the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the support of the Technical Assistance Collaborative, the enactment of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act expanded integrated permanent supportive housing opportunities. Using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Program as a platform, the Melville Act has quadrupled supportive housing production by incentivizing new partnerships between state housing and health and human services/Medicaid agencies. TAC's Resource Center on Supportive Housing provides up to the minute information on HUD's implementation of the Melville Act, as well as state-of-the-art resources for state officials and other supportive housing stakeholders.