This page is devoted to providing helpful information and resources about affordable housing in the HPD for people with disabilities. The class-action settlement agreement confirms the MTA's dedication to making 95 percent of currently inaccessible subway stations accessible. The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) have been instrumental in making half of the city's fleet of yellow taxis wheelchair-accessible, a federal court order requiring the city to make its polling centers accessible, and a victory at trial in a class-action lawsuit challenging New York City's inability to plan for the needs of people with disabilities in disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. The MTA has granted contracts to construct another 22 stations and is in the process of obtaining another 13 stations. The New York Center for the Independence of the Disabled (NYCID) is one of the leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City.
Established in 1970, Disabled in Action (DIA) in the New York metropolitan area is a democratic, non-profit organization comprised primarily of and led by people with disabilities. Jean Ryan, from DIA New York, stated: “Disabled In Action has been fighting for more than 50 years to remove barriers that prevent full equality for people with disabilities and is proud to do so here on behalf of all New Yorkers.”Christina Curry, Executive Director of the Harlem Independent Living Center (HILC), said: “The HILC is pleased and excited to be part of this historic achievement related to the MTA and to help make the underground transportation system accessible to the disabled community and to everyone in general.” There are more than one million people with disabilities living in New York City, more than 1.5 million are over 65, and approximately 250,000 children under the age of two whose families need to travel around New York City with strollers. Quemuel Arroyo, director of accessibility and senior advisor to the MTA, said: “This is a crucial time for accessibility in the New York City transportation system.”The Bronx is home to many people with disabilities who need access to affordable housing and transportation. The MTA has made great strides towards making subway stations accessible, but there is still much work to be done. The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) have been instrumental in advocating for people with disabilities and ensuring that their needs are met.
The Harlem Independent Living Center (HILC) has also been a leader in providing resources and support for those living with disabilities. It is important that we continue to advocate for those living with disabilities and ensure that they have access to affordable housing and transportation. We must also continue to work towards making all public spaces accessible so that everyone can enjoy them without any barriers.