Permanent supportive housing (sometimes also called disability housing) is rental housing paired with supportive services to allow people with disabilities to live independently. Access to the supportive services of all kinds helps resident be successful in their homes.
As social security and disability income very rarely cover rental fees, people with disabilities struggle to live independently. This makes housing solutions for people with disabilities an important part of any local community. The dignity and freedom of independent living allows each member of the community to contribute to it as a whole. Every affordable housing option builds toward this overall goal — as does every volunteer and donation.
Solving Homelessness for People Living With Disabilities
Homelessness for people with disabilities is more prevalent than many realize. Here’s a breakdown of some of the recent statistics.*
24% of People Experiencing Homelessness Have Disabilities
An estimated 24% of individuals experiencing homelessness have disabilities and meet the federal definition of experiencing chronic homelessness. This makes it all the more urgent for communities to provide permanent supportive housing to those living with disabilities in their area.
High Rates of Physical and Mental Health Care Needs in the Homeless
Among those seeking housing services and programs, there are high rates of physical and mental health care needs. Specifically, high rates of:
- Chronic illness
- Mental health disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Developmental Disabilities
73% of Adults in Permanent Supportive Housing Have Mental Health Care Needs
Nearly 3 in 4 adults living in permanent supportive housing suffer from:
- A mental health disorder
- A substance abuse disorder
- A co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorder
27% of Adults in Permanent Supportive Housing Have Physical Disabilities
According to 2016 data, more than one in four adults living in permanent supportive housing have a physical disability.
6% of Adults in Permanent Supportive Housing Have Developmental Disabilities
Also based on 2016 data, more than 6% of adults living in permanent supportive housing have a developmental disability.
How You Can Help People Living with Disabilities in Raleigh, NC
CASA is proud to offer permanent supportive housing in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Be a part of the solution by donating or volunteering with our non-profit organization. Have any questions? Reach out to us today.
Learn more about CASA’s mission to end homelessness here.
* Statistics from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.