Carolyn FortinoSep 15, 2017, 8:33 pmSep 17, 2017, 6:10 am

Yonkers workshop looks to help Westchester's disabled find affordable housing

Advocates say that for disabled to get affordable housing in county, they'd have to pay 160 percent of income

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Westchester Disabled on the Move hosted a workshop on Friday for residents who have been struggling to find housing that fits their needs and is also affordable.

"In order for a person with a dsiability to aford something that is modest in Westchester, they'd have to pay about 160% of their income, which just is not possible," said Mel Tanzman, the Executive Director of Westchester Disabled on the Move.

David McKay Wilson, a columnist for the Journal News who has been following the affordable housing crisis for over 30 years, was the guest speaker at the workshop. McKay Wilson acknowledges that the county has met every milestone set forth in the 2009 agreement on affordable housing, but also claimed that the county has resisted building affordable housing for years.

"When I go into these communities and see the opposition, the road blocks that they put up to affordable housing, sometimes developers just throw up their hands and walk away because they don't want to sign up for what is going to take many years or maybe even include a court battle," McKay Wilson said.

Starting in January, Westchester Disabled on the Move will be hosing one affordable housing workshop per month at their location in Yonkers.

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