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Soapbox Tell Gov. Cuomo To Support the Home Modification/Visibility Tax Credit in Budget

Tell Governor Cuomo To Support Community Living By Including the Home
Modification, or Visitability Tax Credit In The Final Budget!
Basic home modifications can make the difference between the ability to
live one's life in the community and being homebound, or worse, sent into
an institution. The legislature acknowledges this fact and have included
the Visitability Tax Credit in both the Senate and Assembly's one house
budget proposals! The Visitability Tax Credit helps people with the costs
of modifying one's home to make it more accessible, and to promote aging
in place. We need your help to make sure the tax credit is included in the
final budget!

Action: Call Governor Cuomo today at 518-474-8390 and urge him to support
the inclusion of the Senate and Assembly's proposal for a Visitability Tax
Credit in the final budget!

Rather than leaving a message, press # 3 to ask to speak to an assistant.

Say: "Hello, as a person with a disability, I am calling to urge Governor
Cuomo to support the inclusion of the Visitability Tax Credit, which was
included in both the Senate and Assembly's one house budget proposals.
This tax credit would help people with disabilities and older New Yorkers
with the costs of making their homes more accessible and would allow
people to age in place "

Background: The disability community has long advocated for New York to
increase the accessible housing stock across the State by incentivizing
the use of "visitability" design standards. This includes basic accessible
features, including:
- One no-step entrance
- An accessible path to the door
- hallways and doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair
- An accessible bathroom on the first floor
The NYS legislature passed similar legislation in 2015 and 2016.
Governor Cuomo vetoed this legislation twice, indicating his support for
the concept, but stating it had to be done in the context of the Budget.
Unfortunately, Governor Cuomo didn't include this in his proposed
Executive Budget.

Last year, it was determined that there was a need to better understand
the cost estimates for such a program. For this reason, the sponsors
included a $1 million cap per year in aggregate to A.9303/S.6943. As the
program would now be considered a pilot project, the State has five years
to determine whether this cap is sufficient to meet the needs of the

Due to the high cost of home modifications, many people cannot afford to
make changes to their homes to make them more accessible, or to move to a
more accessible home. Most prefer to remain at home rather than move to
nursing facilities or different, more accessible housing as their needs
change. However, many are forced out because their homes are no longer
safe or practical for them to live in. This tax credit will help to ensure
that people with disabilities and older New Yorkers are able to afford
these modifications and remain in their homes.
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