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Westchester Disability Community Coalition for Housing-WDCCH
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Welcome to the Westchester Disability Community Coalition for Housing
(WDCCH)
We hope that this page will assist you in using our services.

 

What began as a support group for people with disabilities with housing issues,
back in 1999, became a grass-roots political coalition. Through the process of
attending important meetings of The Housing Committee Of Westchester County Legislators, and being a formidable presence at Westchester County Department
of Planning Section 8 meetings, many of our members found affordable accessible housing. With the addition of The Statewide Systems Advocacy Network in October
of 2001, the coalition has become involved in broader issues.

We have secured the Medicaid Buy--In, fought to maintain 100 percent accessibility
in the New York State Building Code, and restored $1.2 million to the New York State budget to keep independent living centers fully staffed. The current issues include: fighting for polling site changes that will provide for 100 percent access by people with mobility, visual, and hearing disabilities, and implementation of the Most Integrated Setting Bill
that will allow people in nursing homes—who do not wish to be there, a state sponsored transition plan. The bill passed unanimously in the senate and assembly, but is awaiting
the governor’s signature on September 4, 2002.

WDCCH continues to seek housing options for people with low or fixed incomes. We constantly serve as a watchdog when new construction develops and federal funds are utilized. Our coalition makes sure that section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973, and
the Americans With Disabilities Act is not violated.
We believe in truth, justice, and housing for all!

Meetings
Our meetings are held at:
(The New) Yonkers Public Riverfront Library,
1 Larkin Center. On the corner of Dock Street and Buena Vista Avenue.

The systems advocacy meeting and housing coalition discusion group
is scheduled for July 15th at the Yonkers Riverfront Library from 1-3pm.
Please feel free to get there early as we will have refreshments!

We will report on:

Housing Availability--
That's federally funded affordable housing.
Sandra, John, and myself were at the county legislature meeting last week, and we got
the straight dope on these prospects.
I will give you a copy of all of the new affordable units available now in
Westchester County. Since they recv'd federal funds, section 8's and 504 laws apply! Please make it to the Tuesday meeting at the Yonkers Riverfront Library,
1 Larkin Center, Yonkers NY.


Unaffordable Housing: Case in point, Waterfront Development.
It Is very difficult for people with disabilities to compete economically with the able bodied population. Understanding rising costs of rental apartments sometimes means learning
new words and old concepts.

gen·tri·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: "jen-tr&-f&-'kA-sh&n

Function: noun
Date of word origin: 1964: the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.
To learn more about this important process click below.
http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/gentry.htm

Yonkers is building thousands of units of housing which theoretically will create residential opportunities for Westchester County, but is it affordable and accessible?
Click below to see what its proponents say.
http://www.cityofyonkers.com/planning/MP/MP9.html

Contact Us
Please contact us by e-mail.

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