HUD Announces Conference Aims to Help Disabled Persons Purchase

Tom Boland (
Sat, 22 May 1999 08:17:33 -0700 (PDT)
FWD  PR Newswire

Wednesday May 12, 1999
HUD Press Release

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announces Conference
Aims to Help Disabled Persons Purchase Home

BOSTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The lack of affordable housing in
Massachusetts is negatively affecting hundreds of low and moderate income
families.  The situation is of a crisis proportion for citizens with
disabilities.  Many believe their only option to avoid homelessness is to own
their homes.

Minorities with Disabilities Advocacy Center (MDAC) and the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are sponsoring a conference
to explore homeownership options for people with disabilities.  The
conference, called `` A Place to Call Home: Elevating Your Independence'', will
be held Thursday, May 20, 1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John F.
Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, MA.

The conference will feature workshops on consumer experience in buying a
home;  practical solutions to homeownership  for persons with disabilities,
and funding options.

``This is an important conference for all of Massachusetts. Persons with
disabilities who want to own a home, advocates for persons with disabilities,
and people who care about ensuring a diverse community, are all invited to
join us.  One of  HUD's  missions is to empower people to develop viable urban
communities that provide a suitable living environment for all citizens.  I
can't think of a more important means to empower citizens than through
homeownership,'' said Mary Lou Crane, HUD's New England Administrator.

Thea Spires, Director of Disability Policies for HUD will explain how to
use federally funded housing vouchers for homeownership. Other speakers
include, Mary Lou Crane, HUD New England Regional Administrator; Diane
Wilkerson, Massachusetts State Senator; Charlotte Golar-Ritchie, Director of
the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development; representatives
from the major banks in Boston, Fannie Mae, the Federal Home Loan Bank,  and
organizations representing persons with disabilities.

MDAC is a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides
information/referral to rehabilitation agencies and other disability resource
agencies.  It also provides peer support, peer counseling and training.
Advocacy is provided by MDAC for consumer control and self determination  to
enable minorities with disabilities to achieve cultural competence and ethnic

For more information call MDAC at (617) 442-4986 or Ed Bernard at (617)


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