“If you have a disability in the U.S., you’re twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You’re also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.”
Pam Fessler reported.
The numbers around poverty and unemployment have a strong connection to homelessness.
“Fewer than 1 in 5 disabled adults are employed, one reason so many are poor.”
And without a job, the high cost of housing in New Jersey keeps apartments and homes out of reach for many disabled residents.
Debbie Eagle represents the many individuals with disabilities who would like to work. “ She says she’d really like if either she or her husband — who is also visually impaired — could find a well-paying job so that they are ‘not dependent on the government.’” Disability benefits are not high enough to cover rent.