independent living alliance

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Currently, about 75% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live with their parents as caregivers. However, at some time in the not too distant future, the caregivers will no longer be there to personally attend to their needs. This is why we need your help.

Daily living isn’t easy. It is filled with decisions and consequences, trials and tribulations, and ongoing challenges. Just think how much more difficult daily living becomes if you are intellectually and/or developmentally disabled and your lifelong advocate is no longer there to support and provide for your everyday needs.

This is the harsh reality that adults with I/DD face. We are a group of individuals concerned for the welfare of adults with I/DD. We have formed an alliance for the expressed purpose of working together to create an intentional living community where these adults can feel safe, included and receive the support they individually require.

In order to accomplish our mission, we know we will need a building, an ongoing staff of caring personnel, and the ability for these adults to participate in activities throughout the community. All of this requires us to ensure there is enough financial support to sustain their living community, for it to be there for these deserving adults with I/DD when their parents and caregivers are not.

Together, we are embarking upon a mission to create a safe and supportive living situation for adults with I/DD that they can remain in for the rest of their lives. We are seeking support from a variety of sources to help these dreams come true.

People with Disabilities Face A Housing Crisis

The biggest problems involve

Affordability

Accessibility

Discrimination

Employment

According to the most recent data from Zillow, the average rent in Michigan for April 2020 is $1,150.

In 2020 in Michigan, a person with a disability received SSI benefits equal to $797 per month. Statewide, this income was equal to 20.6% of the area median income. A person with a disability receiving SSI would have to pay 78% of their monthly income to rent an efficiency unit and 90% of their monthly income for a one-bedroom unit.

Within Michigan's federally defined housing market areas the cost of a one-bedroom rental unit ranged from a low of 70% of SSI payments in the Bay City housing market area to a high of 116% in the Ann Arbor housing market area.  This leaves little or no money for food, transportation, clothing or other necessities.

housing
market area
ssi monthly
payment
ssi as % of
median income
% ssi for
1br apt.
% ssi for
EFFICIENCY apt.
year
ann arbor $797 13.5% 116% 113% 2020
detroit - warren - livonia $797 17.4% 96% 80% 2020
statewide $797 20.6% 90% 78% 2020
national $820 17.9% 125% 111% 2020

The federal spending bill for fiscal year 2014 actually cut funding for supportive housing grants by 16 percent. As a result, people with disabilities face decreasing government resources to help secure housing. With less funding, they are being “priced out” of urban communities which often have better supportive infrastructures and shunted into less costly areas, often crime-ridden and lacking in the services and supports they require.

81% of adults 18+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have a paid job in the community.

Many individuals with disabilities require universally accessible ADA housing. Locating residences without entrance steps can prove a challenge. Other accommodations, such as wheelchair accessibility, wider doorways, raised electrical outlets and lower kitchen surfaces are even more difficult to find and come at additional cost.

Approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have autism, intellectual and/or developmental differences.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. Complaints by people with disabilities often make up the majority of discrimination complaints received by HUD’s Fair Housing Enforcement Office and other fair housing agencies.