Statistics & Facts
Here are some eye-opening statistics:
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 services encouraging independence and self-sufficiency.
Living with family – This might work for some people, but the physical necessities and emotional strain placed on the loved ones responsible for 24-hour care can place tremendous pressure on relationships.
In-home Personal Care Attendant – Some people with disabilities are able to hire aides who assist them with daily activities, but in addition to the considerable out of pocket expense, they often find that that hiring and retaining dependable caregivers is a vast and ongoing struggle.
QUAD – Hundreds of people with disabilities have found that our 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 necessary to move forward in life.
QUAD provides rent-subsidized Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing as well as Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing. People qualifying for QUAD. housing typically pay only 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent (around $150 per month for residents relying on SSI) and also receive a utility a separate allowance to cover the cost of utilities. The cost of rent may vary with LIHTC housing, but the results are similarly affordable.
QUAD operates its unique and efficient system of resident-directed attendant care at a very low cost compared to other care alternatives, where the current average monthly rate for nursing home care is $5,812 for regular care and $8,303 for skilled care.
QUAD’s judicious resource management means that 90% of its operating budget is spent directly on services.
Prospective residents must be low-income, primarily reliant on a wheelchair for mobility, medically stable, and able to show good judgment in managing their own care and personal needs. Qualifying persons pay 30% of adjusted gross income for rent and a monthly utility allowance.
Residents who choose optional Shared Attendant Care Services can receive 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, or a helping hand with projects and activities. Residents choose and direct these services, ensuring that they receive only the help and support they really need. And because the care is shared among residents, the costs are much lower than other options.
QUAD‘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 attendant care services are contracted through the State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services.
While government contracts cover the basics, it’s support from individuals, companies and foundations that allow QUAD to strengthen and sustain its services. Donations make up the difference between contracted payments and actual costs of providing care. They also allow us to build for the future, ensuring that people with severe disabilities will always have access to these programs.
QUAD’s ability to grow is limited by its current funding structure. Most resources are committed to hiring and retaining adequate attendant care staff, making it difficult to allocating funds for management and administration. Government funding can only be spent on building maintenance and upkeep, often preventing any new purchases of supplemental equipment and technology that could be helping improve residents’ lives.
Over time, we are hopeful that funds raised from private donors in the community will provide the support needed to outfit buildings with modern equipment and technology, improve accessibility and security, maintain a stable, well-trained staff, and prepare for building additional units of affordable, accessible housing for the disabled individuals who still need our help. And the more people we can help, the stronger QUAD can become!
Every donation helps provide people in need with accessible, affordable, livable housing