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Soapbox Legislation to give disabled priority on lower-floor apartments in NYCHA bldgs

NY Daily News<http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nycha-residents-urge-cuomo-sign-disability-housing-bill-article-1.3382383>
NYCHA residents, advocates urge Cuomo signature on bill allowing disabled
residents to take more accessible units
BY NOAH GOLDBERG
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, August 3, 2017, 10:43 PM
There’s a push to make public housing more friendly to some of its most
vulnerable residents. Disability advocates and public housing residents
urged Gov. Cuomo to sign legislation that would allow residents with
wheelchairs to move into more accessible apartments when they become
available.“NYCHA buildings are incredibly tall,” said Edith Prentiss, 65,
who uses a wheelchair to get around her apartment in Brooklyn’s Van Dyke
Houses. “People are up on the 20th floor. As they age or become disabled,
they can no longer manage in their high-up homes,” she said of the East
New York complex. State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) is pushing the
legislation for more accessible public housing units, saying, “It’s a good
public policy bill for our most vulnerable.”
“Ideally, new NYCHA apartments should be set aside for people with
disabilities on the lower floors of apartment buildings,” he said in an
interview with the Daily News.“We need to make sure people aren’t captive
in their own homes,” Hamilton added. A Cuomo spokeswoman said the bill is
under review by the governor’s counsel’s office.“For decades, Gov. Cuomo
has fought to ensure that all people living with disabilities have access
to safe, affordable housing,” said spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer.
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