Newsletter – August 2012 (page 3)

Newsletter – August 2012 (page 3)

Steve Gold’s “Treasured Nuggets of Information”

Once again we find Steve Gold’s analysis illuminating.  We strongly suggest that you take the time to view his website at  A good example is his article “Considerations Regarding Managed Care, People with Disabilities and 1115 Waivers” – Information Bulletin #352 (2/2012).  It discusses Medicaid managed care for people with disabilities.  While acknowledging that “many advocates are vehemently against managed care for people with disabilities,” Mr. Gold presents his analysis and recommendations in light of the fact that “since 23 states have [stated their intent to implement managed care plans in 2012 or 2013], we think there should be some public dialogue.”  The full article is at Mr. Gold’s website.


“Mortgage Foreclosures and People with Disabilities”

Information Bulletin #356 (4/2012), posits an innovative solution arising from the foreclosure calamity.  We present the article in full.On Sunday, April 22, 2012, Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan met with several hundred ADAPT members in Washington, D.C.  During a lively question and answer period, one suggestion particularly raised our interest, and we wanted to share it.  This suggestion to Secretary Donovan came via ADAPT member Eleanor Smith, founder of Concrete Change.Several million families have lost their homes to mortgage foreclosures in the past few years.  Many of these foreclosed homes stand vacant.  These homes are owned by HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and/or many, many banks.  Here is a suggestion that could have a direct impact on people with disabilities who need accessible housing.  HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Banks which hold these foreclosed homes should:

1.    Identify (and publicize) which of these homes have a “no step” entrance and/or a one-step entrance.

2.    Prioritize these homes, using the no step properties before the one-step units.

3.    Identify those foreclosed homes which also have a bathroom where the door entrance could be widened to 32″ without moving a wall.  Those identified properties are the easiest and cheapest to make minimally accessible.

4.    Require that this basic access be built into the resale of each foreclosed home.

5.    Those identified properties should be advertised to people (and families) with disabilities who need accessible homes.

6.    Funds for both making these units accessible and for purchasing them exist in your local and state-wide HOME Investment Partnership program and the Community Development Block Grant program and probably other programs.

7.    Tax credits (banks always like those) and tax deductions are available to meet accessibility costs.If your community has addressed this issue, please send us information to mailbox Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues.


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  1. Newsletter – August 2012
  3. Steve Gold’s “Treasured Nuggets of Information”