Is it realistic for you to set goals on your SSI budget?
Do you live in a nice neighborhood now?
Do you have a yard now?
Do you have a garage now?
Do you have a car now? Can you afford to drive it?
Do you have a camper or a boat now?
Do you get perks for being a good renter?
Do you get to upgrade to a better unit after renting 6 months?
Do you have money left over after you pay your bills now?
Do you have a secured credit card for emergencies?
Do you have money to put into a savings account now?
Are you planning a vacation or camping or fishing trip now?
Do you have a home to invite family or friends to visit?
Can you afford to look forward to any of these things now?
Do you know when you will be able to?
How can you try to get these things on an SSI/SSDI income?
Why can’t we try to do these things for ourselves?
These are Free Workshops for responsible disabled people in need of housing resources, and for sponsors and housing providers who support them.
• If you are responsible & seeking shared housing resources, JOIN our meetup, you are not alone and should not be alone your circumstance.
• If you know a disabled person at odds in your community, that you know can be a responsible partner in a Shared Living Residence, you can be the bridge and invite them to our workshops.
• If you are a landlord and wants great tenants, or if you would like to support or sponsor the development of these programs please come to the Disabled Housing Alliance Meetup.
• If you are a property manager having difficulty caring for and keeping large homes rented with a positive cash flow and profit margin, consider renting those homes as Shared Living Residences to responsible and considerate tenants.
• If you are not disabled and consider shared housing, come to our workshops, partner with our clients and apply for housing together. Your income and credit score could be what it takes to get them approved for a house or apartment. You are a great resource and could be the bridge they need to find a safe home.
• Social Workers: JOIN our Meetup and refer clients in need of shared housing resources to JOIN this page receive automatic notifications of Workshop times and locations. I will host the Workshops and take care of the rest. This is a free service we need your support.
Focus: We are developing housing resources for responsible Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.) recipients to help them keep their housing and help them find housing together. Promoting their network will allow them to help each other house themselves independently as groups in Shared Living Residences. Our goal is to change the homeless economy of our nation by removing people who are responsible and capable of housing themselves if they could only "income qualify" on rental applications. We are seeking housing providers to rent to partnerships of qualified disabled clients in Shared Living Residences and provide a way for people to house themselves independently without social workers or subsidies.
Scope: This is not a program for homeless people or drug addicts. This is a program for responsible people that have become or are at risk of becoming homeless because their set incomes are simply not enough to rent a home.
There are a dangerous and deadly lack of resources and protection for disabled men, women and senior citizens who simply do not belong and cannot survive on the streets. Responsible and virtuous people fall into hopelessness and despair everyday battling homelessness without the resources they need. Little old ladies do not belong in homeless shelters, but they are a great tragedy as they are being victimized and forced out of their homes by fraudulent home loan scams and even by their own families. They live on the streets and compete for resources with fully dysfunctional people who spend their Supplemental Security Incomes on; drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and worse, living at risk of becoming one of these people that have become lost in their circumstances without regard for the world around them. We have all seen them wandering the streets, talking to themselves because there is just no one to listen. We can help people avoid this fate, and we can save tax dollars by decreasing the number of homeless in our communities.
There are too many responsible disabled people unable to get or keep their housing because no one will rent to them. While it is impossible to obtain a home without a job and only a Supplemental Security Income to rely on, all people need a way to strive for independence in spite of their disabilities and the resources to take responsibility for themselves. Many people have persevered; not fallen off the wagon, not turned to crime, or drugs, or hate. They have kept their good attitudes and sunny dispositions through it all. They should be rewarded, not forgotten or left to the devices of the world. This is a program that promotes responsible behavior and rewards responsible behavior. We reward them with resources.
Intent: Provide Workshops, meetings & events for clients to network, develop partnerships to apply for and obtain housing by helping each other income qualify for apartments and houses that are out of their reach as individuals. This will help them to live beyond their individual means, as groups, helping each other to improve their lifestyles, safety, security and independence. The Disabled Housing Alliance is a FREE resource that can be implemented, by the disabled members of any community and allow them to provide for themselves and for each other.
#1 Advantage: Self Supporting The Disabled Housing Alliance is self-supporting. Traditional shared housing programs are funded. When the funding runs out there is no program and no resource. We are an unsubsidized, not for profit association of volunteers and sponsors helping responsible at risk seniors & disabled individuals, to help themselves and to help each other.
#2 Advantage: Protecting People from Victimization Many disabled people cannot make ends meet no matter how responsible they are and cannot survive on the streets when they have lost their housing. They compete for resources against very dysfunctional people to get beds at homeless shelters and in application for housing programs. The only thing worse than having to compete with these people as a matter of survival is being stereotyped as one of them and finding out no one want to rent to you.
This program will help protect seniors and disabled individuals from dysfunctional, dangerous, and compromised housing situations by making it easier for S.S.I. recipients to rent and secure housing. Many people live in alleys and creek beds, among drug addicts in the worst kind of conditions, just because they are stuck without any alternative. We intend to be their resource.
If we can help someone save the housing they have by simply introducing them to a responsible roommate we will keep each of them safe and off the streets. If we can introduce 3 to 5 responsible people that can pool their incomes to rent together we can help all of them to be independent and safe.
We can help people stay safe and be more independent by simply making a few introductions and giving them an opportunity to take control and responsibility for their own lives.
#3 Advantages in Our Program Structure Traditional shared housing programs are designed where clients are; screened by a stranger, to be matched with a stranger, to rent from another stranger. These programs endure liability and have limited rate of success. Landlords are difficult to recruit and tend to alienate themselves from the program after having bad experiences with tenants for a variety of reasons.
In our workshops clients can meet each other, get to know each other and have a chance to get to know a landlord that has gotten to know them as a group and find a prospective group to rent to. We are not screened by stranger; they screen each other and make their own decisions which they choose to partner with. They make their own matches and own the liability for their own decisions.
#4 Advantages for Housing Providers A house is a big investment. Landlords take enormous risks when renting to strangers and can only hope applicants have provided information in their applications that is accurate. Even then a security deposit of a mere few thousand dollars is far short of the damage a tenant can cause. We hope to improve the tenant selection process for housing providers and help to protect their investments.
We give the landlord more control of their investments by giving them an opportunity to meet and get to know prospective tenants in our workshops. Traditional shared housing programs screen clients and match them to housing providers, but even then wen the process is complete you never know what you are going to get until after they move in. In this program Landlords are invited to attend our workshops where they have a unique opportunity to meet a variety of clients and watch them develop shared housing partnerships. Landlords will know as much about their renters as their renter that partner together know about each other, and can protect their investments by making informed decisions on who they rent to, and have a variety of groups of renters to choose from.
#5 Advantages of Independence and Accountability This is a program that promotes responsible behavior and rewards responsible behavior. People who show a history of accountability with their Supplemental Security Income will finally have an advantage to help them rise above their circumstances and live beyond their means as disabled individuals in partnerships as they support each other and their communities.
Bad things happen to good people all the time. There are too many good responsible people that are at odds with the world for reasons beyond their control that have really gotten a raw deal out of life. Many of these people have persevered; not fallen off the wagon, not turned to crime, or drugs, or hate, that have kept their good attitudes and sunny dispositions through it all. They should be rewarded, not forgotten or left to the devices of the world.
Many people need a way to strive for independence in spite of their disabilities and circumstances, and taking responsibility for themselves in spite of Government shortfalls. Thankful for the Supplemental Security Income System and support it by trying to be accountable and self-sustaining with what they have without further burdening their community.
#6 Advantages to Our Local Government and Community One goal of the Disabled Housing Alliance to replace the need for funding shared housing programs and create a fully self-supporting shared housing program. When local government cannot afford a shared housing program people cannot support themselves. When a person cannot support themselves, it takes a lot of local tax dollars to provide for them living on the streets. On average, homeless services cost in excess of $100,000.00 per capita, per year for each homeless person living on the streets in San Francisco. Emergency room visits, hospital admissions, 911 calls, ambulance rides, detox and rehab facilities, homeless shelters, food programs, etc… By helping people become and remain self-sufficient we hope to contribute to our communities, prevent our clients from being a burden, and relieve our local government.
#7 Advantages to Our State and Federal Government In an era of government cutbacks we intend to help people provide for themselves where they have lost the support of State and Federal tax dollars. In part we may have all grown too dependent on government assistance in our daily lives. We welcome the opportunity to take responsibility for our communities by rising above the shortfall and contributing with our own productive solutions.
#8 Advantages for Local Property Values The more homes are occupied, the more demand there is for homes. The more people we keep off of the streets and out of homeless shelters the more homes there will be occupied instead of vacant. This program should help property values improve, and promote a better economy where it is implemented.
#9 Advantages to Our Families Once disabled many people become indigent, unable to support themselves. They apply for disability but have to rely on their families for the 5 or 6 years it takes to get approved if they are lucky enough to have families to rely on. They become different people than they once were. They find themselves conflicted between what they want, what they need, what they have, and what they can get as they try to survive without any income. Even after their S.S.I. is approved they are still a burden for their families and poor role models for their children. Our program can help them gain and maintain independence which not only relieves families from the burden of supporting them but relieves families from the worry and distress they feel for the circumstances of their loved ones. Disabled people can finally relax and have normal relationships when their families don't have to be their social workers.
#10 Relief from Anxiety & Trauma; Loosing Housing, Homelessness, Eviction