Each one of our fifty states is loaded down with the combination of problems of vacant homes, and a lack of wheelchair accessible housing. While very little is actually ocurring to solve these issues on a nationwide scale, I have an even bigger mess right outside my own apartment complex here in New Jersey. While so many folks need a place to live, nearby sits vacant military housing. Make no bones about it. Governor Christy doesn't even want to touch the 80 unit project falling apart in my front yard. Yet each time that there is a power outage, they shut our power off, so that none of our buildings burn down.
This housing is very dangerous, and no one can live these abandoned structures currently. And things just aren't equaling up. During hurricane Sandy, when yours truly and others stood up and spoke out publicly to find a place for the homeless who lost their houses in the disaster, Governor Christie said "No"! His reasoning for not allowing the displaced to occupy the empty places, was that there could be a huge fire, killing people and animals alike. But that wouldn't happen if our politicians didn't sink 94 million dollars into getting elected, instead of using those monies for affordable housing for the (much) less fortunate.
I'm also very angry fthat the idea to renovate this housing and rebuild it for handicap (section eight) housing was turned down by the state Congress. There are a lot of these vacant properties in each and every state. When you renovate them and rebuild them for section eight handicapped housing, you're not only helping those in wheelchairs, you're helping their wider communities and spouses as well. This housing would be particularly helpful to individuals who have gotten married and thereby lost their benefits.
So I say to you, Rolling Without Limits community, that we all really need to stick together on this one. Let's lobby our legislators for common-sense housing those with disabilities. Happy Rolling, everyone!