March 31, 2023
Accessible HUD Housing Lacking, GAO Says
On March 30, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on how Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) serves low-income households with disabilities through its rental assistance programs. According to GAO, the 2019 American Housing Survey reports HUD provided rental assistance to an estimated 1.8 million households with disabilities, primarily through the Housing Choice Voucher, public housing, and Project-Based Rental Assistance programs.
- Among assisted households with a mobility device user, an estimated 72% (about 800,000) reported living in buildings with a no-step entry, meaning they did not have to climb any stairs to enter.
- An estimated 67% (about 750,000) of assisted households with a mobility device user reported living in buildings with a no-step entry and at least one in-unit accessibility feature.
- More than 300,000 assisted households with a member using a mobility device reported living in units without any accessibility features, according to the 2019 AHS.