Nimby Assessment

Demographics of Target Population

The following are key demographic characteristics of the population being served by the project:

  • Who will the project serve? Formerly homeless men and women with disabilities.

  • How are they homeless? Most have been living on the streets and in shelters because they have lost their SSI benefits, or because these benefits are insufficient to cover the cost of housing.

  • Are they members of a protected class? "Protected classes" are groups that are protected by fair housing laws from discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions. In particular, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided or made available by public entities, including state and local public housing, housing assistance, and housing referrals. More information on fair housing is available in the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity section of the HUD website.

    Faith in Action has targeted formerly homeless people with a broad range of physical and mental disabilities. Some have histories of alcohol or drug addiction. As such, they are all covered under the disability provisions of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • What are their income sources? Most residents have Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, or have lost them recently.

  • Are there legal status concerns? All prospective residents are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

  • What is their household composition? Single men and women.

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