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Fix Vacant Housing and Make it Handicapped-Accessbile for Those with Wheelchairs
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Fix Vacant Housing and Make it Handicapped-Accessbile for Those with Wheelchairs

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!

 

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  1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Voted for you. That is a noble endeavor you are pursuing. If it's okay with you, I'd like to share this on my google plus stream. :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you and please do share this Daniel.
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
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        1. pftsusan
          pftsusan
          Thank you again Daniel. This helps. Rents are very high here in NJ. We are higher then most of the 50 States. That's one of the reasons why I with those with disabilities other than myself to get out and vote. Even when you don't like who is in office, you have taken your responsibility for your right to vote and speak up about the issues. The 80 Military Family Condo unit in front of apt complex, has been vacant since 2002. The families themselves, got out because it was dangerous. When they reported the fires, government did nothing. Now that they closed down Ft. Monmouth, totally, here in NJ., government did further more nothing about this housing unit. Then came Sandy in Nov. 2012. Damages were so bad that we were washed to the Ocean. I joined the the Red Cross. We were over a trillion dollars in dept. People and animals were dying. Many amongst many, including the disabled, lost housing. I went with my buddies and put up a petition for Christie and the replicans who ruin this state to renovate the housing project in front of us. Fix it up so that the homeless and disabled can stay there. We already had the State Police and the National Guards out there working. So safety was being taken care off. That's as far as our government went. As many petitions that we out up for this housing, even temporary, Christy said 'No". Too dangerous. But that's not too dangerous when he takes benefits and housing away from everyone, including the disabled. If he took some of his millions and put them into renovation, Military housing would have been fixed and renovated within a week and the next week the CO would have approved it. By the third week the homeless and disabled would have been moving in. Then I want to add that FEMA didn't help either. most of our help, here, in NJ that we got from Sandy, came from O'bama and the musicians raising monies for us. During this time. my buddies and I were raising monies to provide those with wheelchairs, the homeless from Sandy with blankets and towels. The disabled were transported over to the hospital until they could get housing again. They were worried about not getting their benefits checks. Many lost their cards and info on direct deposit in Sandy. Plus the banks, businesses and roadways were closed for two months while we were getting by on gas and generators. With very hard pushing, they took care of the disabled first. Then everyone got the power back through power rationing. Not just the disabled, but all rents couldn't be paid for a month or so because the banks were closed. So nothing was working for about a month. Enough about Sandy....My buddies and I are working on assisting those with disabilities to execute their right to vote and to be active in fighting for their rights. I think our government needs to stop steeling our money and above all refuse to give it back to us by not wanting to spend "our money" by refusing to give it back to us. The way I see it, do something with vacant housing and buildings. Don't waste them. Don't let them stay there for years, rotting and adding problems to the environment and pollution plus recking ozone layers. The foundation is already there. Clean them, renovate them and fix them. Then make them handicapped accessible. Apply them to the State HUD section 8 housing program and charge those in wheelchairs and other disabilities 1/3 of their income for the monthly rent....Other states are not charging as high rocketing rents as NJ is. But they should still take care of their vacant properties, fix, renovate them and make them handicapped accessible and handicapped housing.
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  2. Carolyn
    Susan, I was vote #4! Great idea for an article.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Carolyn.
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  3. Tara Richardson
    Tara Richardson
    Awesome article and I couldn't agree with you more!!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Tara.
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