NYAIL News Issue 5:
An Advocacy Update, Emergency Rental Assistance, Hall of Fame, and Victims Services at BILS ILC.
Advocacy Updates
On May 24th, the New York State Assembly passed a legislative package in observance of Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day. View the full press release on the Assembly webpage.

Bills included in the package:

  • Establish the Office of Advocate for People with Disabilities.
  • Waives the state’s sovereign immunity.
Emergency Rental Assistance Now Available
Starting at 9 a.m. on June 1st, the state Office of Temporary Assistance opened the application period for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide up to 12 months of past-due rent to households that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income, that have experienced financial hardship, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Eligible renters may also receive up to three months of additional assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. Visit otda.ny.gov/ERAP or call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368) for more information.

Benefits advisors at ILCs are also available to provide assistance in identifying and applying to programs that help people stay in their home and community. Contact your local ILC for more information.
New York State Disability Rights Hall Of Fame 2021
NYAIL's Open Doors program was a proud sponsor of NYSILC's 3rd Annual Disability Rights Hall of Fame. The virtual event took place on May 6th and honored Robert Gumson, Edith Prentiss, Susan Scheer, Melvyn Tanzman, and
James Weisman. Susan Scheer is a former Executive Director at the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) and Mel Tanzman recently retired as Executive Director of Westchester Disabled on the Move (WDOM). Proceeds from the event help sustain the annual ceremony and support Pat Figueroa Jr. Young Adult Scholarships.

ILC Spotlight
Highlighting the important work of New York's ILCs.
BILS Victims of Crime & Domestic Violence Services program
Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) program is consistent with the person-centered approach that is at the heart of ILC philosophy and culture. Services are unique to victims of crime and domestic violence, but can include crisis interventions; assistance with filing compensation claims; referrals to safe havens; personal advocacy; criminal justice advocacy and support; benefits advocacy; fair hearings advocacy; individual counseling; support groups & workshops; and victims’ rights education.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, people with disabilities are three times more likely to be assaulted than their peers without disabilities.

The services and supports provide people with all disabilities including those previously unserved or underserved because of: barriers associated with disability; language and cultural barriers; a fear of disclosure and desire for anonymity; feelings of isolation and despondency; a lack of information about and understanding of the peer services, community resources and tools for personal empowerment that are actually available. To qualify for services, a police report or a court case stating that they are victims of a crime is required.

The New York Association on Independent Living administers several statewide and regional programs in collaboration with its member ILCs, all of which are focused on helping people with disabilities live independently in the community.

Learn more about NYAIL programs by visiting: ilny.us/programs 
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Newsletter ideas can be sent to athompson@ilny.org for consideration.
Lindsay Miller
Executive Director 
Meghan Parker
Director of Advocacy  
Aurie Mercer
Office Manager
Email: info@ilny.org
New York Association on Independent Living
155 Washington Ave., Suite 208
Albany, NY 12210
Phone 518.465.4650 Fax 518.465.4625