The issue of affordable housing, or lack thereof, is
certainly not new to the intellectual and developmental disability
community. Suggesting that there is an affordable housing shortage is a
gross understatement because as we know the reality is people with IDD
face a serious affordable housing crisis in California. In fact, the
California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
statewide housing assessment 2025 reports housing costs and supply
issues particularly affect certain vulnerable populations that tend to
have the lowest incomes and face significant barriers in obtaining
affordable housing.In addition, it was reported that both
overt and subtle discrimination, inadequate accommodations for people
with disabilities, lack of transportation access and stringent financial
requirements prevent many people with disabilities from finding a place
to live. Data from the California Department of Fair Employment and
Housing and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
support this finding as 41% of the discrimination claims filed in CA
were by people who felt they were discriminated against due to their
disability (this is inclusive of all disability).
The economic disadvantage for people with IDD who want to
live on their own or in a supported living arrangement is dramatic.
2013 data from The State of the States in Developmental disabilities
shows that 743,230 participants in CA disability programs receive
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is intended to cover housing
and living costs (including food). The maximum 2017 benefit for SSI is
$895.72 per month. To put this in perspective if we use the HUD income
limits for 2017 non-metropolitan county median income ($41,950.00 for an
individual) and compare it to a person living on Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) ($895.72 per month or $10,740 per year) we find that they
don't even meet the criteria for Extremely Low Income ($12,600 per year)
in a non-metropolitan area.
example Fresno County city-data, a non-metropolitan area with a lower
annual median income, lists the median rent for the county as $784.00
per month ($616.00 lower quartile and $990.00 upper quartile).Even
at the lowest quartile of $616.00 per month housing costs far exceed
the recommended 30% of income toward housing. Needless to say the divide
is even greater in higher median income metropolitan areas. Although
there are public housing programs, vouchers and other housing assistance
programs available they are limited, often having a waiting list, and
people with IDD have to basically compete for available programs and
housing units with everyone else seeking housing assistance.
all Regional Center consumers 18 years of age or older rely on SSI to
meet their housing and living needs. A small percent (14%) of consumers
earn some wages that may or may not reduce their total reliance on SSI
for housing and living costs. It is important to note that housing and
support services are separate.Unfortunately for adults
with IDD living in CA the limited availability of safe, accessible and
affordable housing coupled with the socioeconomic reality of living
within an extremely low (and often less than extremely low-income
levels) makes finding housing extremely difficult.
Or call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your local member of the House.
Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and it is now moving back to
the House. A vote could happen in the House as early as today. We need
your help to stop this dangerous legislation! You can learn more about
the tax plan here.
Congress is moving quickly to pass a tax bill that will place
critical programs for people with disabilities at great risk! The bill
will reduce federal revenues so much that Congress is all but certain to
move to cut programs to pay for the tax cuts. In fact, several Members
of Congress have been promised that Medicaid and other programs will be
cut next year if Congress votes for a bill that increases the deficit.
We need your help to stop this dangerous legislation!
is also planning to repeal the "individual mandate" that requires
people to obtain health care coverage or face penalties. This will
result in nearly 13 million people losing health coverage and will
increase premiums for people buying insurance on the health insurance
exchange by 10%. The individual mandate is a critical piece of the
complex system of incentives and penalties created by the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) and repealing it would undermine the entire law.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has released an advisory
letter to all vendors regarding increases in state minimum wage that
will be effective January 1, 2018. Vendors may begin submitting
requests to the Department for increases in rates to comply with the new
minimum wage. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2018. The full
letter can be read herehere.
ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Keep Fighting Bad Legislation!
Director of Advocacy & Community Organizing
History just repeats itself with good legislation and bad
legislation! The recent passage of a national tax plan by the House and
then by the Senate, is now awaiting reconciliation, and legislators
already have declared they will now go after entitlements like Medicaid,
Medicare, Welfare and Social Security to pay for the 1.5 trillion
dollar deficit resulting from their proposed budgets!
Tax Bill under reconciliation will mean over 13 million people will
hose healthcare by the repeal of the individual mandate in the
Affordable Care Act, increased premiums for others by 10%, and decreased
funds for home and community-based long-term services and supports!
Medicaid is the funding lifeblood of services and supports for people
with I/DD, from funding for Medicaid Waivers allowing people to live and
work in their communities to funding for Special Education in our
you haven't called, you need to call Now! The Capitol Switchboard in
Washington, D.C. is (202) 224-3121. Encourage others to call. Use your
social media to share with your contacts the impact of these cuts!
Please keep advocating as if millions of people's lives depend on it, they do!
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
At times I have been told that my columns are too politically charged. But now this topic has resurfaced, and I don't think I can keep silent anymore. But I will go to lengths not to offend my counterparts.
far-right has appeared to make a priority of protecting rich, white,
heterosexual, Christian men. In the last few years, a few more groups
have been added to the fray: those who are cisgendered, neurotypical,
to other social groups, the fight for rights in the disability
community has been whited out by the media, both fiction and news.
Therefore, most Americans remain unfamiliar with disabilities and those
who have them. The injustices they've suffered are, by extension, the
injustices suffered by poor people. How can we help but be poor? 68
percent of people with disabilities are unemployed, including 85 percent
of people with intellectual disabilities.
President Trump is still being chastised by the able-bodied,
neurotypical population for mocking Serge Kowalski, a reporter with a
physical disability, during the campaign. Recently his Secretary of
Education, Betsy DeVos, rescinded six dozen guidelines for educators
regarding disability rights. He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the
Supreme Court, and even the other Justices have condemned his ableism as
the second time in my life, I am seriously considering moving to
another country, partly because of the so-called Tax Scam Bill.
Provisions stop just short of eliminating Social Security and Medicaid,
and progressive places like California are targeted the hardest. I now
fear no longer having healthcare, or even my own income, until I get a
of feeling sorry for other minority groups that I am not part of, I am
starting to truly feel in mortal danger because of the impending
rollback of disability and LGBT rights. I now taste the same fear in
this era as immigrants and women. I would love to get involved in a
large-scale protest, and by "large-scale" I mean like the Women's March,
#MeToo, or opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or DACA. That
will get results that make feel welcome; sitting around and waiting for
The Powers That Be to save us will not.
The purpose of the ARRT program (funded
through NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and
Centers Program) is to provide advanced research training and experience
to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have
clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train
rehabilitation researchers (including those with disabilities) with
particular attention to research areas that support the implementation
and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and that improve the
effectiveness of services under this law.
recognition that some service providers need to take steps towards
modifying their services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by
March 2022, the 2017 Budget Act contains $15 million to fund necessary
Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
The purpose of this project is to increase community
integration and independence of individuals with developmental
disabilities and to improve the quality of home and community-based
services (HCBS) by developing and testing one or more model approaches
of a coordinated and comprehensive system that includes two interrelated
core components for enhancing and assuring the independence,
integration, safety, health, and well-being of individuals living in the
community: (1) Community Monitoring and (2) Community Capacity
Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section
every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality
candidates to professional positions that support people with
disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support
Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen
The Dale Law Firm is a law office in
central Contra Costa County that is dedicated to assisting persons with
disabilities and their families to provide quality of life through
utilization of special needs trusts. The Dale Law Firm is very active in
a number of education activities including webinars, presentations for
disability groups as well as professional organizations that serve
persons with disabilities.
The Executive Director
is accountable for the legal, safe, and effective operation of all
activities and programs of the agency. Responsibilities include
association-wide fiscal management, personnel management, business
compliance, long-range planning, program management and evaluation.
Chief Executive Officer/President enables PWI to adapt to and influence
a dynamic environment. Working with and reporting to the Board of
Directors, this role helps set policy and strategic leadership in
concert with the mission, vision, purposes, and values of the
organization. The CEO/President serves as the principal external
representative of the organization and manages internal systems and
complex processes of the organization to achieve effective and efficient
operations. This position also directs budget development, fiscal
responsibility and assures successful financial performance.
The Executive Director supports and advances the regional center's Vision and Strategic Plan and ensures
that the operations and services of the regional center are aligned
with that Vision and Plan. Under the policy direction of the Board of
Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership to the staff and
community, plans, organizes, develops and directs the operations and
services of the regional center in accordance with the law, state
regulations and the provisions of the Regional Center's contract with the California Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS).
Executive Director position open for
Resources for Independence Central Valley (RICV). RICV is located in
Fresno, CA and provides independent living services for five counties in
Central California. It has numerous funding sources including grants
and fee-for-service programs. Excellent salary and benefits for the
Central California area.
The Legislative Advocate 2 is part of
the legislative unit for the organization and is responsible for
legislative advocacy activities. The person identifies, monitors and
advocates for legislative activities that affect Californians with
Would you like to advocate for the
employment, independence and equality for people with disabilities? Are
you interested in joining a council that ensures consumers and other
stakeholders have a voice in California's vocational rehabilitation
program? If so, then a position on the State Rehabilitation Council
(SRC) may be for you! The SRC is recruiting for three perspective
The business, industry and labor community,
Disability advocacy groups, and,
A current or former Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumer.
The Supported Life Institute seeks a Self Advocacy Project Coordinator that
will work with, facilitate, empower and support dedicated
self-advocates and individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities and advisors and facilitators involved with Self Advocacy
Chapters throughout the Sacramento region in the Peer Advocacy Connection Project (PAC) and the Facilitation Services Project (FSP). To learn about these important programs visit the SLI website at: http://supportedlife.org and click on the Peer Advocacy Connection link. If this position matches your goals and interests, please email: email@example.com
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