Federal officials are sending $131.3 million dollars to local housing authorities to address the housing needs of people with disabilities.
A total of $131.3 million will be spent by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on 325 local public housing authorities in nearly every state from New York to Hawaii to help people with disabilities enjoy inclusive and independent housing plan.
“HUD is going to ensure that people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to live,” said Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. “We are doing everything possible to help our partners in achieving accessibility goal and inclusive homes, the funds released for the Inclusive housing will allow all our local partners to continue helping residents with disabilities live independently."
HUD is using the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program fund, which sends money to housing agencies nationally to assist non-elderly people with disabilities to focus more on inclusive housing.
"The inclusive housing fund will go a long way in helping us enjoy a more independent lifestyle, we would be able to enjoy our mobility. I wouldn't need my caregiver to push me around my neighborhood again and in fact, I would be able to enjoy more freedom," Jeremiah Cross, a wheelchair user said.
In another instance, Anthony James, a disability rights advocate said that the HUD is taking a bold step by approving the $131.3 million for inclusive housing, he believes the initiative will go a long way in promoting inclusion and accessibility.
"I believe the $131.3 million inclusive housing fund will go a long way in making the disability community feel included in community development. However, I would want to implore HUD to ensure there are accessible amenities in and outside the accessible houses. This is interesting times for the disability community," Anthony James said.
This new housing initiative will allow people with disabilities to live independently in the community.