Inclusive, affordable housing for the disabled discussed at recent housing summit

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Advocates for people with disabilities are looking into ways to create more inclusive, affordable housing for the disabled.

The Southern Tier Independence Center, or STIC, hosted a housing summit recently at its facility on East Frederick Street in Binghamton.

The seminar was held to brainstorm ways to create affordable housing for people with disabilities.

Specific topics included identifying places that are handicapped accessible and ways to convert properties that aren't compliant.

Another discussion was held about awarding foreclosed properties to non-profits, rather than just the highest bidder.

STIC Executive Director Maria Dibble says the disabled people who want to live on their own don't know where to turn.

"There simply isn't anywhere to go. There aren't enough housing opportunities for people who are in a wheelchair or those with significant disabilities. We've seen cases where people delay leaving a nursing home because they can't secure housing," said Dibble.

Dibble says it's not only crucial to have available housing, but it needs to be centrally located near goods and services such as grocery stores, medical offices and hospitals.

In addition, Dibble says she'd like to see more housing along the bus line.

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