Community & Work Disparities
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Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability, 2017

Public housing is generally owned and operated by a local public housing authority (PHA). It is rental housing for income eligible and qualified people with or without a disability. To be eligible, the household must be low-income (below 80% of the area median income) as determined by the PHA. Besides income, the criteria can vary and must be within what the US HUD allows (e.g. being employed). Currently, the need exceeds the number of units available. While PHAs maintain a waiting list, most are closed because there are so many people waiting. And while there are targeted units for people with disabilities, national data consistently shows more people with disabilities are likely to be eligible and qualified than there are units available. The data in this map shows the percentage of all people living in public housing who have a disability. The proportion is smaller than the percentage based on total number of households shown in Map 13 (Percentage of Households in Public Housing with a Resident who has a Disability) because most people with disabilities live alone and many families with children have no one with a disability in the home.

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Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability Color coded map of the United States.  States have been grouped into four quartile ranges. The first quartile ranges from 7% to 16% and includes the states Alaska, Arizona, California & South Carolina.  The second quartile ranges from 17% to 21% and includes the states Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Virginia & Wyoming.  The third quartile ranges from 22% to 25% and includes the states Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah & West Virginia.  The fourth quartile ranges from 26% to 78% and includes the states Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington & Wisconsin. Albuquerque 23Anchorage 13Asheville N/AAustin 39Baltimore 27Baton Rouge 21Birmingham 14Boise 78Chicago 23Columbia 18Columbus 10Denver 21Detroit 26Fresno 11Gastonia N/AGreensboro 11Houston 22Indianapolis 40Lansing 12Las Vegas 24Little Rock 47Memphis 24Milwaukee 33Milwaukee 33Minneapolis 37Missoula 15Montgomery 15Nashville 13New Orleans 27Oakland 17Phoenix 14Pittsburgh 32Portland 35Raleigh 18Richmond 14Riverside N/ASacramento 20Salt Lake City 46San Francisco 16Santa Barbara N/ASeattle 27Spokane 14St. Petersburg 16Tacoma 19Tampa 22Tucson 21Tulsa 13Urban Honolulu CDP 21Washington 24
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Data source. 2017, HUD Picture of Subsidized Households Report, 2017
Calculation. Number of people in public housing with a disability divided by the total number of people living in public housing.

Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability by region

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Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionIn Public Housing with a Disability
US21%
Alabama17%
Alaska13%
Arizona15%
Arkansas24%
California15%
Colorado22%
Connecticut25%
Delaware19%
District of Columbia24%
Florida22%
Georgia17%
Hawaii19%
Idaho36%
Illinois23%
Indiana24%
Iowa28%
Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionIn Public Housing with a Disability
Kansas23%
Kentucky24%
Louisiana19%
Maine25%
Maryland26%
Massachusetts31%
Michigan28%
Minnesota31%
Mississippi17%
Missouri22%
Montana19%
Nebraska22%
Nevada24%
New Hampshire37%
New Jersey25%
New Mexico18%
New York20%
Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionIn Public Housing with a Disability
North Carolina17%
North Dakota25%
Ohio21%
Oklahoma23%
Oregon26%
Pennsylvania27%
Rhode Island27%
South Carolina15%
South Dakota29%
Tennessee21%
Texas19%
Utah23%
Vermont32%
Virginia17%
Washington28%
West Virginia23%
Wisconsin30%
Wyoming21%
Percentage of Residents in Public Housing with a DisabilityPercentage of Residents in Public Housing with a DisabilityA bar chart listed in descending orderBoise    78Little Rock    47Salt Lake City    46Indianapolis    40Austin    39Minneapolis    37Portland    35Milwaukee    33Pittsburgh    32New Orleans    27Baltimore    27Seattle    27Detroit    26Washington    24Memphis    24Las Vegas    24Albuquerque    23Chicago    23Houston    22Tampa    22United States    21Denver    21Urban Honolulu CDP    21Baton Rouge    21Tucson    21Sacramento    20Tacoma    19Raleigh    18Columbia    18Oakland    17St. Petersburg    16San Francisco    16Missoula    15Montgomery    15Richmond    14Birmingham    14Spokane    14Phoenix    14Nashville    13Anchorage    13Tulsa    13Lansing    12Fresno    11Greensboro    11Columbus    10Asheville    N/AGastonia    N/ASanta Barbara    N/ARiverside    N/A0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%