Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Year of Community Living Announced by President

Yesterday on the anniversary of the Olmstead decision, the president announced "The Year of Community Living" which will include measures to assist Americans with disabilities.
The president said "I am proud to launch this initiative to reaffirm my Administration's commitment to vigorous enforcement of civil rights for Americans with disabilities and to ensuring the fullest inclusion of all people in the life of our nation."

Specifically, the President has directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to work together to identify ways to improve access to housing, community supports, and independent living arrangements. As part of this effort, later today, Secretaries Sebelius and Donovan will announce several new initiatives including details about increased numbers of Section 8 vouchers and enhanced interagency coordination to address this critical civil rights issue. The initiative also will include listening sessions conducted by HHS across the country to hear the voices and stories of Americans and to keep the President's pledge to be as open and transparent as possible.

via JF Activist, White House Press Release


Anonymous said...

I am so excited to see this come about, I know it's primarily for people with disabilities but it's where everyone wins - our aging will also acquire disabling conditions that will demand supports for community living, the Boomers are coming and a new day is dawning with increased and improved services for people with disabilities. Yaaaay!!

Wheelie Catholic said...

Anonymous- thanks for stopping by and for your support of these issues.