Why our Adults with Disabilities Need Your Help
Most individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) over the age of 18 receive Supplemental Security income (SSI) from the federal government of approximately $800 per month or $9,600 annually. The 2019 federal government guideline for poverty was $12,490. So, adults with I/DD are 23% below the poverty guideline when they rely solely on assistance from our government. Statistics show that people with disabilities, including people with I/DD, experience poverty at TWICE the rate of people who do not have disabilities.
Some I/DD adults are capable of working. However, once their earnings reach $85 each month they begin to lose a portion of the SSI that they receive. For every $1 earned above the $85 a month, they receive a 50 cent reduction in their SSI. This almost de-incentivizes them to work.
Each I/DD adult can also receive anywhere from $100 – $200 per month in food assistance, a Bridge Card, to purchase food.
|Utilities – Gas/ Electric||$60|
|Insurance (renter’s, co-pays)||$75|
|Clothing/ House Hold Items||$150|
Receiving $9,600 a year, plus another $1,800 a year in Bridge Card benefits, leaves them with a total of $11,400. Conservatively, it would take $25,620 to just barely get by, leaving each I/DD adult short $14,220. If this figure is then multiplied by the 30 individuals living in our proposed intentional community, it leaves a shortfall of over
for this vulnerable population.
They really need your help.
This is just one of the many reasons your donations are so important. Your donations will give these I/DD adults the ability to live a safe and independent life.