61 million adults in the United States are disabled, meaning that 1 in 4 people in the US have some type of disability, such as a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness.
Unfortunately, many disabled people do not have affordable housing and are struggling because they don’t even know they qualify or simply don’t know of the different programs out there for people with disabilities.
Some have given up on trying to find a program that will help due to things such as discrimination and not finding handicap friendly properties.
*Most complaints about discrimination that are made to the HUD Fair Housing Enforcement Office are by people with disabilities and these complaints are taken very seriously.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination due to disability, sex, religion, race, color, national origin and familial status, so if you feel you have been discriminated for any of these reasons, make sure to report it.
Affordable Housing Options for People with Disabilities
There are many different types of housing assistance in the US and most of them include assistance for people with disabilities.
These programs can not only help you find an affordable and safe place to live but also improve your quality of life. We made a list of some of the programs and their details below, to help you find an option that best suits your needs.
- Section 8 – Also known as a Housing Choice Voucher, Section 8 provides individuals and families that have very low income with housing vouchers for affordable housing in privately owned properties, and in some cases, they also cover some utilities. Section 8 requires yearly inspections of the property and to review your case for continued eligibility. 1 in every 3 Section 8 households are headed by a non-elderly, disabled person.
- Public Housing – Public Housing communities are run by the city or county’s Public Housing Agency and provides safe rental housing for low-income families, people with disabilities and the elderly. Your income, family size and immigration status are all taken into account in Public housing. The Public Housing Authority usually does background checks to find out if you have been a good tenant in previous rental properties, so always try to leave units on good terms with the owners/landlords.
- Section 811 – Also known as the Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, Section 811 was created to provide disabled, low-income people with housing. Eligible families must have very low-income and at least 1 adult member must have a disability.
Disabilities include physical disabilities, chronic mental illness and developmental disabilities. Section 811 does not require citizenship, unless the property is required to follow other housing program requirements. If you have poor rental history, a criminal record or provide false information you may be denied or disqualified from the program.
- NED Vouchers – Non-elderly Disabled vouchers permit families to rent affordable, suitable and accessible private housing. Eligible families must have at least one non-elderly person (under 62 years) that is disabled to qualify. Some PHA’s receive extra funding for NED vouchers, so you may want to check those options first. To see a list of PHA’s that receive extra NED funding click HERE.
- Certain Development Vouchers – Certain development vouchers provide housing assistance to disabled families in developments or rentals that are exclusively for senior citizens. This option is for non-elderly, disabled families only. The PHA determines eligibility using the area’s median income, as with most HUD programs.
It’s the family’s responsibility to find a unit to rent that meets the PHA’s quality standards. If the monthly rent exceeds the amount you qualify for with the PHA, you have the option to pay the difference. Contact your local PHA for more detailed information on these vouchers, because each PHA has their own procedures and requirements.
“Disability accommodation” or “reasonable accommodation” are special requests you may make to the HUD or PHA, if you or a member of your household is disabled.
This option may help you find an affordable place to live that meets your needs or help you continue to live in the property you currently do, if you are content and your needs are being met.
It’s important to make these requests in writing and be sure to save any written responses you get in return. This may help you in case of any disputes along the way.
The most common disability accommodations requested are extended deadlines, extra bedrooms or larger bedrooms and higher housing vouchers. If you didn’t have a disability when you moved into your current unit, but develop one in time, you may request reasonable accommodations depending on your needs.
Hello im disabled and homeless looking for an apartment in albany or berkeley. Thank you
Check with your local social services and referrals for emergency housing.
WHAT IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE EVICTED AND THESE HELPFUL agancies keep referring you to other agencies until your time is up and you loose all your furniture and become homeless with 2 cats. Thats whats happening to me. It sounds so simple but the system is not perfect and 80% of the time it has failed me. I was homeless for 3 years and kept getting too the top of the home waiting list and then kicked off for hearsay. If I didn’t have a cat blog and i didn’t attract a kind stranger in another state who loved cats and sent me three years of rent and medical and a car ., I would be dead by now. The system is failing the elderly, the disabled and the homeless. The government says there are all these programs to help senior disabled people but I am ineligible for one reason or another. Thats why theres so much left over help. They have set the barr too high to get it.
We are sorry to hear that! Have you tried contacting or going to your local PHA Office? Maybe they can help.
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Can y I u apply for more than one program at a time?
You can apply apply anywhere in the country, and there is no limit on how many waiting lists or housing programs you can apply to.
Hello my name is Robin Ruff I am disable and I’m in need of rental assistance my rent is 1600 pre month and i am on a fixed income with social security can you please help me my number is 323-***-****
Apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program funded by the US Treasury. For additional information please http://www.hud.gov or contact your local HUD counselor.
Hi my name is Mary T. I’m disabled I live on ssd I’m 65 yrs old and I’m looking for a one bedroom apt asap in orlando fl. I live in orlando fl 32826 my doctors are all close to me in this area. Can you please help me. Im living with my son and 7yr old granddaughter I’m not on there lease. I came to visit and got sick. 29 days in a hospital 15 days in a rehabilitation please help me
Hi Mary, when you register for the Section 811 housing voucher for the disabled, you will be able to get a house of your choice. I advice you visit the local housing authority or the PHA office nearest to you to speak with an officer about your present situation.
I am disabled I am in an apartment but I can’t afford it to stay I’m gonna end up being homeless I don’t know what I could do I get $1000 a month and my rent is 1400 my roommate left and now I’m here by myself I need some help badly I don’t know where to turn to I was on the E wrap program . If somebody could help me I would appreciate it sincerely Michael P.
Kindly visit the PHA office to submit an application for the Section 811 housing program. You can also submit an application online at the HUD website
Hello my name is Evette I’m currently living in South carolina moving to syracuse im on disability where can I start to fill out for low in come housing for disabled people im on a fix income and im needing help for either hub or section 8 for a cheaper place to live please thank you
We are sorry to hear that! And yes, you are right. You can apply for the program for people with disabilities. We suggest to go or contact your local PHA Office and ask for the best way to apply for the program you will qualify for. If you are not unable to, you can ask any of your family members to go there in your behalf. Just make sure to provide proof of your situation.
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Im disabled i cant find a place to live ive been to all the sites everything is full i have until tomorrow the 15 th of sept and ill be on the streets with my three emotional support dogs I dont even have a car at this time Now all my stuff will be on the street and so will i
I have tried to get help from everyone they just send me somewhere else or say cant help im sorry i can get help from hope but need a new lease and with my income i cant find anything i can afford