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Statistics & Facts about QUAD Inc.

Ken lives at Myers Court

Here are some eye-opening statistics:

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center’s data tells that In the United States, more than 30 people become paralyzed every day from spinal cord injury or disease.

29% of disabled Americans live below the poverty level.

Only 1 in 5 disabled Americans are employed. Even those able to find suitable work are often dependent on Social Security and Medicaid to meet their complete financial and health care needs.

Only 9% of people with disabilities have a college education.

QUAD Inc. estimates that over 12,000 people in metro Portland have a disability so severe that they require the full-time, permanent use of a wheelchair, hindering their options to live independently.

So what are the options in metro Portland for people who want to live independently and take charge of their own lives?

Nursing Centers and Adult Foster Care – These facilities can meet an individual’s physical care needs, but most don’t offer choices in care routines, scheduling flexibility or any services encouraging self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

Living with family members – This option might work for some people, but physical barriers and the pressures on families responsible for 24-hour care can cause tremendous strains on relationships.

In-home Personal Care Attendant – Some people with disabilities hire aides to assist them with daily activities, but realize that finding and keeping dependable caregivers is a vast and ongoing hurdle.

QUAD Inc. - Hundreds of people with disabilities have found that QUAD Inc.’s unique model of affordable, accessible housing combined with dependable, shared personal attendant care is by far the best living solution available when you want the resources and support needed to move your life forward.

How does QUAD Inc. make this type of independent lifestyle affordable?

QUAD Inc. is a provider of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rent-subsidized housing as well as Low Income Tax Credit housing. People qualifying for QUAD Inc. housing typically pay only 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent (around $150 per month for residents relying solely on SSI) and receive a utility allowance which further lowers their rent. Low cost rents vary with our Low Income Tax Credit Housing.

QUAD Inc. operates its unique and efficient system of resident-directed attendant care at a very low cost compared to other care alternatives.  The current average nursing home rate is $5,812 for regular care and $8,303 for skilled care.

QUAD Inc.’s judicious management of its fiscal resources means that 90% of its operating budget is spent directly on services.

What are the criteria for living in a QUAD Inc. HUD facility?

Prospective residents must be low-income, primarily reliant on a wheelchair for mobility, medically stable and able to show good judgment by directing their own care and managing their personal needs. Qualifying persons pay 30% of adjusted gross income for rent and receive a utility allowance.

How do Attendant Care Services work?

Residents who choose optional Shared Attendant Care Services can get assistance for activities that they cannot physically do for themselves. Residents choose from a menu of daily services that might include wake-up or bedtime care, cooking, medical assistance and help with projects and activities. Residents choose and direct these services, ensuring that they receive only the help and support they really need. Because the care is shared among residents, the costs are lower than other options.

How is QUAD Inc. funded?

QUAD Inc.‘s housing is contracted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Low Income Tax Credit Housing. Residents are eligible for housing based on their income. Optional 24/7 attendant care services are contracted through the State of Oregon’s Seniors and People with Disabilities Department.

Why does QUAD Inc. seek donations from individuals and businesses?

While government contracts provide the basics, support from individuals, companies and foundations allows QUAD Inc. to strengthen and sustain its services, making up the difference between the contracted payments and the real costs of providing care, as well as building for the future to ensure that people with severe disabilities always have access to these programs.  QUAD Inc.’s ability to grow is limited by its current funding structure; most resources are committed to keeping and maintaining adequate attendant care staff who work for an hourly wage that begins at $12.50.  Any funds allocated to increased management and administration take away from funds needed to pay and keep direct care workers. HUD funds can only be spent on maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, often precluding any purchase of expensive new equipment or advanced technology that helps improve the lives of people with severe disabilities.

Over time, funds raised from private fundraising in the community will provide the support needed to outfit buildings with modern equipment and technology, improve accessibility and security features, maintain a stable, well-trained staff and prepare for building more affordable, accessible housing units with services for people with severe physical disabilities who need our help.  The more people that can help, the stronger QUAD Inc. can become!

 

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