Why our Adults with Disabilities Need Your Help

INCOME

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.

Rent $800
Utilities – Gas/ Electric $60
Phone $50
Cable/Wifi $50
Insurance (renter’s, co-pays) $75
Transportation Uber/Taxi/Bus $450
Food $350
Clothing/ House Hold Items $150
Misc/Social/Community $150
Total $2,135
RECIEVED PER YEAR
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FOR FOOD STAMPS
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TOTAL OF
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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

over $426,000

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.

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