When someone moves out on their own, the person feels like they are starting a new chapter in their life. There is a new sense of enthusiasm for them, but people with disabilities often can’t move out on their own. Moving out with a disability is a struggle. People with disabilities don’t have the income to live on their own. Many of these people are getting SSI, which is Supplemental Security Income. This is a federal government program to provide money for people with disabilities to live on.
This year in 2018, the average amount that a person makes on SSI is $750 a month. If it is a married person with a spouse, the amount is $1,125 a month. This is from the Social Security website. This amount is not even possible for someone to move out on their own. The lowest cost for an apartment is $632 in Wichita, KS, and the highest is $4, 079 in Manhattan, NY. These amounts were gathered from Culture Trip’s website. Moving out with a disability into an apartment without financial assistance is nearly impossible.
Renting an Apartment
If we were to rent the cheapest apartment in Wichita, KS with our SSI money, we surely would not survive. For this amount of money for an apartment, we have to say it would be really tiny so you cannot able to get a power wheelchair in the place at all. So many people with disabilities often live with their parents.
The statistics say that the age of caregivers is increasing to a point where they are no longer able to help the person with a disability. I was in her this situation in 2010, where my dad was helping me and my mom who had Alzheimer’s. It was really hard for my dad and I knew that I had to move out on my own. I was lucky to be able to support myself on what I saved while I worked and invested.
What can someone who is in a situation where they have to move out? Well, that is an interesting question and scary subject to face. Let’s face reality first. Many of these people who are in this situation are placed in nursing homes because there is nowhere else to go. In 2010, there was an article that said the population that is growing the fastest in nursing homes is the age of 31 to 64. This made up of 14% of the population in nursing homes. I bet this statistics is rising today.
The question now is what can someone do. There are a few things that you can do. One thing is to get on Section 8 housing. It is a voucher program where people who struggle with paying rent can find affordable housing through the program. Section 8 started in 1937. This voucher program opens and closes letting people on the waiting list get a voucher. It is not a short process so you should try to get on the list as soon as possible they said in 2013, the waiting length was three to five years and this was five years ago.
Assistive Living Housing
There are a lot of assistive living homes being built around the country. You might want to check some of them out and see if anyone would be good for you. I would suggest that you should come up with some questions to ask them. If you have a list, you can ask the same questions when you go to several places. It might help you.
Moving out with a disability is hard to do, but you can do it. It might take some time to get things set it up. You can never give up trying.