Institute on Disability Receives Grant to Study Adults with Disabilities who Receive Federal Housing Assistance

August 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.H. - The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a federal grant of more than $73,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct research in collaboration with HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). The grant will support research on adults with disabilities who receive federal housing assistance from HUD.

“HUD - assisted adults with disabilities reside within all types of housing assistance yet do not always receive targeted assistance nor supports,” explains Dr. Debra Brucker, the project’s Principal Investigator. “This research will help policymakers by identifying gaps in quality of life, employment patterns and health disparities for this population.”

Using nationally representative linked HUD-National Health Interview Survey (HUD-NHIS) data, the research will improve understanding of the quality of life and employment patterns for all HUD-assisted working-age residents who have disabilities. Health disparities among working-age Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, disabled Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, persons with disabilities who do not receive SSDI or SSI, and other residents will be examined as well. 

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.