The Fair Housing Act protects people with disabilities from discrimination when they are renting or buying homes. But what if you can’t afford housing? What if you are applying for or receiving Social Security disability benefits and you need help? Even if you receive benefits, you may be unable to afford housing, food, and other necessities.
The Social Security Administration Does Not Provide Housing Assistance
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not provide you with housing or a voucher for housing, and will not help you look for housing. Instead, it is the job of the SSA to review your application for benefits and to provide fair benefits, in the form of a monthly dollar amount, to you if you meet the eligibility requirements.
But You May Still Qualify for Housing Help
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) operates different programs for people with limited income. Those housing programs include:
- Public housing. This is housing that is operated by a public housing authority.
- Section 8 housing. People receiving this assistance get a certificate or voucher from the housing authority. The certificate or voucher is given to the landlord and lets the landlord know that the government will subsidize the rent payments.
- Privately owned subsidized housing. In this type of program, the government provides payments directly to the owner who applies the payments toward the rent payment.
HUD also runs specific programs aimed at helping people who are already homeless. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program provides grants to state and local governments, including many here in Texas, so that people who are homeless can be helped quickly.
You Should Not be Excluded From Any of These Programs Based on Your Disability
In fact, you should make sure that your disability is known at the time that you apply because it could be relevant to your eligibility. As you pursue your immediate need for housing, please remember that Social Security disability payments may be able to help you keep a roof over your head. Get the disability benefits you need and deserve by working with one of our disability benefits lawyers. Please start a live chat with us today to learn more about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.