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HUD Addresses “Worst Case Housing Needs” for Renters with Disabilities

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HUD Addresses “Worst Case Housing Needs” for Renters with Disabilities

Thursday, March 31, 2011

On March 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a report summarizing efforts to the measure the extent of “worst case housing needs” among very low-income renter households with disabilities.HUD’s 2009 Worst Case Housing Needs of People with Disabilitiesfinds that approximately one million households that included nonelderly people with disabilities had worst case needs.

This study is a supplement to a larger report and presents national estimates and information on the critical housing problems that confront low-income renting families, including people with disabilities. The data used for the report and the supplemental, disability-focused report is based on data from HUD’s American Housing Survey, conducted between May and September of 2009, which—for the first time—included direct questions on disability.

ANCOR, as part of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ Housing Taskforce, urged HUD to improve the estimates of the number of households that include people with disabilities who experience worst case needs.

Until 2008, HUD identified households with people with disabilities by using a proxy measure of several reported income sources that are typically associated with disabilities. ANCOR applauds HUD’s effort to improve data collection.

Please note that this study focuses on renters—not those who are residing in nursing homes or ICF/MRs.