Community & Work Disparities
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Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability, 2017

Subsidized housing helps reduce the cost of renting an apartment for very low-income people with or without a disability. This includes Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV; formerly Section 8 Certificates), which are usually administered by local public housing authorities (PHA). HCVs allow the household to find a place to rent anywhere in US and Puerto Rico as long as it of good quality and is reasonably priced (referred to as the fair market rent). Currently, the need exceeds the subsidy funding available. While PHAs maintain a waiting list, most are closed because there are so many people waiting. And while there are targeted vouchers for people with disabilities, national data consistently shows more people with disabilities are likely to be eligible and qualified than there are vouchers available for them. To be eligible, the individual or household must be very low-income (below 50% 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). The data in this map shows the percentage of all people with HCVs who have a disability. The proportion is smaller than the percentage based on total number of households shown in this map 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 with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) 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 20% and includes the states Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee.  The second quartile ranges from 21% to 23% and includes the states Arizona, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, United States & Virginia.  The third quartile ranges from 24% to 27% and includes the states Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia & Wisconsin.  The fourth quartile ranges from 28% to 46% and includes the states Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington & Wyoming. Albuquerque 34Anchorage 23Asheville 23Austin 27Baltimore 31Baton Rouge 22Birmingham 19Boise 35Chicago 20Columbia 12Columbus 24Denver 25Detroit 22Fresno 17Gastonia 19Greensboro N/AHouston 26Indianapolis 20Lansing 25Las Vegas 24Little Rock 21Memphis 14Milwaukee 21Milwaukee 21Minneapolis 17Missoula 44Montgomery 12Nashville 17New Orleans 22Oakland 25Phoenix 18Pittsburgh 25Portland 29Raleigh 21Richmond 29Riverside 34Sacramento 30Salt Lake City 36San Francisco 46Santa Barbara 25Seattle 34Spokane 35St. Petersburg 21Tacoma 28Tampa 21Tucson 22Tulsa 27Urban Honolulu CDP 24Washington 23
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Data source. 2017, HUD Picture of Subsidized Households Report, 2017
Calculation. Number of people with disabilities in the HCV program divided by the total number of all people in the HCV program in that jurisdiction.

Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability by region

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Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability
US23%
Alabama15%
Alaska25%
Arizona21%
Arkansas24%
California27%
Colorado27%
Connecticut20%
Delaware21%
District of Columbia23%
Florida22%
Georgia16%
Hawaii18%
Idaho32%
Illinois19%
Indiana22%
Iowa27%
Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability
Kansas28%
Kentucky24%
Louisiana21%
Maine36%
Maryland24%
Massachusetts30%
Michigan25%
Minnesota20%
Mississippi16%
Missouri21%
Montana33%
Nebraska21%
Nevada23%
New Hampshire37%
New Jersey21%
New Mexico29%
New York25%
Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability by Region. Click on a state to view city data, where available.
RegionWith a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a Disability
North Carolina20%
North Dakota26%
Ohio24%
Oklahoma26%
Oregon29%
Pennsylvania27%
Rhode Island24%
South Carolina17%
South Dakota25%
Tennessee19%
Texas21%
Utah29%
Vermont34%
Virginia22%
Washington29%
West Virginia25%
Wisconsin27%
Wyoming33%
Percentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a DisabilityPercentage of Residents with a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) with a DisabilityA bar chart listed in descending orderSan Francisco    46Missoula    44Salt Lake City    36Boise    35Spokane    35Riverside    34Albuquerque    34Seattle    34Baltimore    31Sacramento    30Richmond    29Portland    29Tacoma    28Austin    27Tulsa    27Houston    26Denver    25Oakland    25Lansing    25Pittsburgh    25Santa Barbara    25Urban Honolulu CDP    24Las Vegas    24Columbus    24Asheville    23Washington    23United States    23Anchorage    23Tucson    22Baton Rouge    22Detroit    22New Orleans    22St. Petersburg    21Little Rock    21Milwaukee    21Tampa    21Raleigh    21Chicago    20Indianapolis    20Birmingham    19Gastonia    19Phoenix    18Minneapolis    17Nashville    17Fresno    17Memphis    14Montgomery    12Columbia    12Greensboro    N/A0%5%10%15%20%25%30%35%40%45%