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 with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse.

How are they homeless? Mainly by virtue of poverty, caused by symptoms of mental illness and addiction. These individuals will be moving to the residence from emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.

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.

All of RC's prospective residents have mental illnesses, which protect the residents from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the disability provisions of the Fair Housing Act. With respect to illegal controlled substances, all are former, not current, users, and thus do not lose the protection of either law.

What are their income sources? RC expects most residents will have Supportive Security Income benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, or both. Some residents may eventually have modest employment income as they return to work on a part-time basis.

Are there legal status concerns? No. Prospective residents will be U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

What is their household composition? As planned, the house will be home to a total of six unrelated people, five of whom have disabilities.

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