Finding affordable, accessible housing is a significant problem for people with disabilities across the country. Over the next few months, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force [of which PVA is a member] will be creating opportunities to educate government officials, policy makers, opinion leaders, and the general public about this mounting national crisis. For example, the next version of the Priced Out report will be published in March. For several years, Priced Out has demonstrated a significant explosion in housing costs as compared to supplemental security [SSI] monthly income.

The Housing Task Force is trying to "put a face" on this issue by gathering stories of individuals with disabilities from across the country who would be willing to talk to a member of the press (print, broadcast or electronic). We need stories of adults with disabilities who:

1) Receive SSI benefits;
2) Have attempted to find affordable rental housing or who simply need affordable housing (i.e. they are living with aging parents, paying most of their SSI income for rent, "stuck" in a group or nursing home where they don't want to be; homeless or about to be homeless etc); and

If they have sought help from a public housing authority, a HUD regional office, a local housing or disability organization and have been told they must wait years, or have a similar story, so much the better.

Reasons for inability to secure rental housing could range from:

1) The individual was told that Section 8 vouchers were not available
2) The individual was told that all the waiting lists were closed
3) The individual was told the subsidized property was elderly-only and they were not eligible to live there; and/or
4) The property would not accept a Section 8 housing voucher and/or
5) The property was not wheelchair accessible

We know that everyone's agenda is extremely full. However this is an important, time-sensitive request. The press will report on this crisis if we provide compelling stories of problems real people face.

Please e-mail names, addresses (standard and e-mail) and phone numbers along with a short description of their story to: - Susan Prokop, Associate Advocacy Director by February 14. If you have any questions, please contact me at the number below or email me by reply.

We will circulate all press reports using these stories.

Thank you very much!


Susan Prokop
Associate Advocacy Director
Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Ph] 202-416-7707
F] 202-416-7706
Email] susanp@pva.org