IL Education Day was especially exciting this year since our last in-person event was in 2019! We felt Paul Spooner’s absence as he knew how to inspire us all.
Accomplishments in FFY 2022
- Massachusetts Residents served in FFY 22: 35,693.
- 12,771 Consumers, Family Members, Partners in the community, Municipalities, and Government received information or referrals from Independent Living Centers.
- 145 Individuals transitioned from institutionalized settings such as nursing homes to the community.
- 1,080 youth across the Commonwealth received transition services.
- 12,341 individuals obtained access to Health Care services they previously did not have.
- 1,412 individuals obtained Assistive Technology.
- ILCs support individuals with disabilities in going back to work and being productive in their communities.
FY 2024 Priorities
Independent Living Centers Line Item 4120-0200, $10 Million for 10 Independent Living Centers (Increase of 2 million)
The Independent Living Centers are seeking an increase in funding to support;
- An increase in demand for assistance finding affordable accessible housing
- Support to leave nursing homes
- Assistance navigating benefit and vocational options
- Mitigating the impact of inflation
Affordable, Accessible, Available Housing
The Independent Living Network supports legislation and programming that
increases access to affordable, available accessible housing.
- S.1553 – An Act Building a More Accessible Massachusetts. Sponsor: Senator Michael O. Moore and
- H 2291 – An Act expanding the availability of adaptable housing for people with disabilities and seniors Sponsors: Reps. Christine P. Barber and Michael J. Moran
- (H.1305/S.884) An Act to create affordable homes for persons with disabilities Sponsors: Representative Rob Consalvo & Senator Robyn Kennedy.
- Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Program,
- Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) Program,
- Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)
- Family Shelters, HomeBase and Rapid Rehousing
- COVID Eviction Legal Health Program (CELHP) and Community Mediation Pre-Court,
- Support funding to increase the number of low- income accessible units,
- Continue to support housing voucher programs like AHVP and MRVP and ensure the vouchers are adequate to meet increasing market rents.
Affordable, Accessible, Available Transportation
- Affordable, accessible and available transportation is a key priority for individuals with disabilities.
- On-demand, accessible transportation to all riders is necessary.
- Support on-demand, accessible transportation pilot program(s), similar to UBER and LYFT MBTA pilot programs.
- Provide funding to RTAs to allow for the continuation of free fare. Assistive Technology Programs and Durable Medical Equipment