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Housing for People with Mental Illness Presentation to NAMI Convention. Andrew Sperling Ann O’Hara David Miller June 19, 2005. Housing Needs and Housing Affordability. Priced Out in 2003-2004. New Priced Out in 2003-2004 to be published in June 2005

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Housing for people with mental illness presentation to nami convention

Housing for People with Mental IllnessPresentation to NAMI Convention

Andrew Sperling

Ann O’Hara

David Miller

June 19, 2005


Housing for people with mental illness presentation to nami convention

Housing Needs

and

Housing Affordability


Priced out in 2003 2004

Priced Out in 2003-2004

  • New Priced Out in 2003-2004 to be published in June 2005

    • Non-elderly people with disabilities are three times more likely to have incomes at or below 30% of AMI than households without disabilities

    • In 2003, 51% of 1 person non-elderly disabled households in U.S. had incomes below 30 AMI

    • In 2004, average 1 bedroom rents nationally still higher than SSI monthly income

  • Key findings in Priced Out in 2002

    • SSI income = 18% AMI

    • Average 1 bedroom rent = 105% of SSI


Ssi income

SSI Income

Median Income

50 % of Median Income

18 % of Median Income (SSI)


Hud housing needs data

HUD Housing Needs Data

  • HUD reports to Congress on “Worst Case” Housing Needs

    • Paying more than 50% of income for housing

    • Living in substandard housing

    • Both conditions

  • 5 million households have “worst case” housing needs

  • 1.4 million are people with disabilities receiving SSI

  • People with disabilities more likely to have both “worst case” conditions


Housing affordability and ssi

Housing Affordability and SSI

  • Average rent = $600+

  • SSI = $585

  • 30 percent of SSI = $175

  • Monthly rent or operating subsidy is essential for people with SSI to obtain affordable housing


Your community s affordable housing system

Your Community’s Affordable Housing System


Key subsidy programs

Key Subsidy Programs

  • Public and Assisted Housing (500,000 units are now “elderly only”)

  • Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs


Housing for people with mental illness presentation to nami convention

Section 811 Program


Section 811

Section 811

  • Develops supportive housing through a capital advance component (30,000 units)

  • Also provides a monthly project subsidy for these capital units through a “one-stop” application process

  • Provides tenant-based rental assistance through the Section 8 Mainstream Voucher program (12,000 vouchers)


Administration s 2006 budget proposal for section 811

Administration’s 2006 Budget Proposal for Section 811

  • Cuts 811 funding by 50% (from $238 million to $120 million)

  • No cuts in “companion” Section 202 Elderly program

  • Section 811 budget proposal would eliminate the housing development component of the program (compared to 1,030 units in 2005 NOFA)

  • Proposal only funds renewal of PRACs and tenant based vouchers

  • Any remaining ’06 funding would be for tenant based vouchers


Section 811 nami position paper

Section 811 NAMI Position Paper

  • Restore program funding to 2004 level of $249 million

  • Maintain and improve the housing development component of Section 811

  • Eliminate outdated bureaucratic requirements which restrict leveraging of other funds with Section 811 capital

  • No expansion of the tenant based Mainstream voucher program because of serious mis-management issues at HUD


Housing for people with mental illness presentation to nami convention

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program


New legislation proposes to end section 8 housing choice voucher program

New Legislation Proposes to End Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • S. 771 and H.R. 1999 (drafted by HUD) propose New Flexible Voucher Program proposed

  • Proposal would cause seriously harm to people with disabilities

  • New TAC study shows disproportionate impact of Flexible Voucher Program on people with disabilities

    • FVP would end targeting of vouchers to people with disabilities at or below 30% of AMI

    • Non-elderly people with disabilities are three times more likely to be at or below 30% of AMI than people without disabilities (ACS – 2003)


Summary of flexible voucher proposal

Summary of Flexible Voucher Proposal

  • HCV currently targets 75% of vouchers to people at or below 30% of AMI – This targeting would be eliminated

  • Expands voucher eligibility to households at 80% of AMI

  • PHA flexibility on priority activities – similar to a block grant

  • Participants could be required to pay higher rents

  • Disability-specific preferences would be permitted

  • Eliminates valuable civil rights and programmatic protections for people with disabilities

  • Eliminates 50,000 vouchers set-aside by Congress for people with disabilities affected by “elderly only” designation


Section 105 protections

Section 105 Protections

  • Section 105 of bill (S. 771) appears to protect people with disabilities

  • Allows current elderly and disabled voucher holders continue to receive assistance under current rules until January 1, 2009

  • Allows PHAs to implement new rules for new voucher holders with disabilities before January 1, 2009


Disability vouchers

Disability Vouchers

  • 62,000 vouchers set-aside for people with disabilities

    • 50,000 1 year vouchers funded from Section 8

    • 12,000 5 year vouchers funded from Section 811 under the Mainstream Program

  • Congress mandated that these vouchers continue to be provided to people with disabilities upon turnover

  • Many PHAs are not aware of these requirements

  • HUD Notice issued February 1, 2005

  • More information at www.tacinc.org

  • Opening Doors Issue #25


Disability vouchers1

Disability Vouchers

  • Awarded primarily to PHAs between 1997-2001

  • Includes:

    • Section 8 vouchers in conjunction with “elderly only” public housing

    • Section 8 vouchers in conjunction with “elderly only” HUD assisted housing

    • Section 8 Mainstream vouchers (1 year contracts)

    • Section 8 Mainstream vouchers (5 year contracts funded from Section 811)


Hud mckinney vento homeless programs

HUD McKinney-Vento Homeless Programs

  • Programs only for people who are already homeless

    • Shelter Plus Care

    • Supportive Housing Program (SHP)

    • Section 8 SRO Program

  • Emphasis on paying for permanent housing rather than services

  • New emphasis on assisting chronically homeless people

  • Samaritan Initiative will develop new permanent housing for people who are chronically homeless

  • Definition: Unaccompanied adult who has been continuously homeless for more than 1 year or had at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the past 3 years


Other important housing issues

Other Important Housing Issues

  • Housing Planning

    • HUD Consolidated Plan controls HOME and CDBG funding

    • HUD Public Housing Agency Plan controls Section 8 and public housing funds

    • Qualified Allocation Plan controls awards of Low Income Housing Tax Credits


What you can do

What You Can Do

  • State and local housing officials need to hear from you!

  • Members of Congress need to hear from you!

  • Educate yourself on affordable housing issues and programs

  • Become a housing advocate in your community and your state

  • Organize disability advocates around a specific objective

    • Section 811 budget

    • Section 8 vouchers set-aside for people with disabilities

  • Have a clear strategy and action steps

  • Use TAC’s publications and website (www.tacinc.org)


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