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HUD HEADQUARTERS LOCKED DOWN BY ACTIVISTS DEMANDING HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

ADAPT Urges Obama Administration to Keep Its Promises on Community Living for People with Disabilities

Washington, DC -- ADAPT, the national disability rights group, has
hundreds of activists barricaded at the headquarters of the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) right now. They are demanding that HUD do more to open housing for people with disabilities trying to move out of nursing facilities and institutions.

"It's a complete scandal that thousands and thousands of people with
disabilities are waiting to get out of institutional settings, and HUD is moving at only a glacial pace to address this need," said Bruce Darling of Rochester ADAPT. "Everyone thinks the housing crisis in America is only about foreclosures. While that is huge, there is another housing crisis that is going vastly unaddressed."

Several class action lawsuits across the country have resulted in court agreements for states to move people living in nursing homes and institutions into the community. The difficulty is that most of these class members have little to no income and therefore need subsidized as well as accessible housing.

"We are here today because HUD has told us that they promised to issue agency-wide policy on this problem," said Daniese McMullin-Powell of Delaware ADAPT. "I was there when they made this promise to us in January. They even showed us a draft. Why hasn't it been issued? Is HUD backpedaling on progress?"

To be added to our press list for daily press updates, please email Janine Bertram at janinebk@mac.com.

More information about ADAPT can be found at http://www.adapt.org/
http://www.adapt.org/freeourpeople/2013/
and http://www.doloffmybody.org.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION on ADAPT visit our website at http://www.adapt.org/

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