For Immediate Release
Brianna Gross -- 703/673-4497 -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlington, VA, October 31, 2014 –
The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV), a resource and advocacy center for people with disabilities in Northern Virginia, applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order prioritizing integrated accessible housing for people with disabilities.
Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order Number 32 on Thursday which plans to increase access to affordable housing in order to reduce homelessness and expand opportunities for people with disabilities to live in the community. ECNV has for more than three decades helped people with disabilities transition out of nursing homes and other institutionalized settings into their communities. Through peer counseling, the Personal Assistant Registry, and Medicaid Waiver programs, ECNV helps individuals with disabilities find accessible housing and ensures they have the services necessary to live independently.
“People with disabilities overwhelmingly prefer to live in their communities rather than institutionalized settings such as nursing homes,” said ECNV Executive Director Brewster Thackeray. “Living in institutions limits an individual’s freedom, ability to find employment, and opportunities to actively participate in his or her community. However, affordable accessible housing is limited and the majority of options available have long waitlists.”
“Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order gives us hope that his Administration, working with the General Assembly, will spur state policies and programs that will provide incentives to developers to increase the stock of fully accessible units available to people with disabilities at all income levels,” Thackeray concluded.
To read the Executive Order, please click here.
The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) is a community-based resource and advocacy center which is managed by and for people with disabilities. ECNV promotes independent living (IL) philosophy and equal access for all persons with disabilities. We operate from a philosophy of consumer control and peer-to-peer relationships to empower people with all types of disabilities to direct their own lives.