Disabled Protesters Take On HUD

About 500 disabled Americans have erected a tent city just outside of HUD's Washington, DC office. The group has staged the sit-in to protest housing costs that cannot be met with the incomes of many disabled citizens.

"DUH City, which has sprung up outside the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development office building in Washington, D.C., is intended to bring public attention to what the residents claim is continuing neglect by the agency.

"In particular, said Barb Toomer, a DUH City and Salt Lake resident who has led protest gatherings such as overnight occupation of the Capitol and picket lines at care centers in the area, said the group is taking direct action against HUD to force action on the 'single largest barrier to freeing our people - affordable, accessible, integrated housing.'"

"During the week, ADAPT members plan to confront a variety of policymakers and systems that continue to put up barriers to community living for disabled and older Americans. Home and community-based services, housing, transportation, hospital discharge planning, and managed care of long-term supports and services are all on ADAPT's list of possible targets."

Full Story: Disabled Utahns join protest of HUD

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