Category Archives: Housing

Independent Living in Batavia welcomes new HAWNY Program Specialist

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) has long worked to assist residents of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties (GOW) who are dealing with homelessness, through the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY).  ILGR is pleased to announce that Dai Nguyen has joined their staff in the position of HAWNY Program Specialist.

For those who might be unaware of them, Dai is inviting representatives of human service or government agencies that are likely to encounter customers who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have problems securing housing, to an ongoing series of GOW Continuum of Care meetings, to be held the third Thursday of every other month, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM., beginning March 15th.  Under HAWNY sponsorship, they take place at the Main Office of ILGR, 113 Main Street at Center Street, Suite 5, in Batavia.

While the gatherings are primarily open discussions on the needs of the homeless, likely topics include updates on: the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Continuum of Care (CoC), a program designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; theHomeless Management Information System (HMIS), a database that keeps track of homeless people; Rapid Rehousing, HUD’s model for alleviating homelessness; grant applications; housing updates in GOW; plus new events and services.  In addition, attendees can get assistance with HMIS training, HUD procedures, and the multi-faceted non-for-profit PathStone‘s programs, so that their customers can access these services as soon as possible.

The third Thursday dates set for 2018 are: March 15th, May 17th, July 19th, September 20th, and November 15th.

While encouraged, registering in advance is not required to attend. To RSVP or ask questions on the event, please call Dai Nguyen, at (585) 815-8501, ext. 417.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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Independent Living to begin Wyoming County De-Clutter Support Group

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ILGR WyCoDeClutterGrpHeadIf you’re in the Wyoming County area and have issues with managing your possessions or cluttering and would like to have support, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) will soon begin a FREE twelve-week “De-clutter Your Possessions Support Group”. The Group will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM every Monday from September 25th to December 18th (except Columbus Day), at ILGR’s office in the Community Action Building, 6470 Route 20A in Perry, New York 14530.

Adults, who feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of getting rid of things that clutter their home, will discuss topics including recovery from cluttering, learning to set achievable goals to beat the clutter, and how to reduce acquiring. In addition, topics such as cleanliness, and how to avoid procrastination when it’s time to clean or organize, will also be discussed.

Participants MUST pre-register to attend; to sign up or get more information, please call David Dodge at (585) 815-8501, ext. 414, or email him at ddodge@wnyil.org.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Landlords who rent in Orleans County invited to FREE breakfast to discuss the needs of potential residents with disabilities

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Locating affordable, accessible housing has long been a crucial need of senior citizens and people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. In a concerted effort to address this concern, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding a FREE buffet-style Landlords’ Breakfast, to which owners who rent housing in Orleans County are invited. We are “rolling out the red carpet” by holding the event at Tillman’s Historic Village Inn, 14369 Ridge Road West, Albion, NY 14411, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

ILGR staff will share details of two new housing subsidies available in the area. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy will assist Medicaid enrollees who are transitioning from a nursing home back into the community. The federal Rapid Re-Housing program will make funds available for an individual with a disability who has experienced homelessness. Both of these initiatives align with Independent Living’s philosophy of Education, Equality & Empowerment for People with Disabilities.

Landlords will have the opportunity to share applicant and tenant issues, and we will share information about the programs and wrap-around services we provide for renters. For those landlords who generally see a high turnover rate, you can learn how ILGR can help to support your tenants, to encourage a more prolonged tenancy.

Those who plan to attend must pre-register, so there will be enough food on-hand. For questions, or to RSVP, please call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411.

This program is made possible through funds from Independent Living of the Genesee Region.

Landlords who rent in Wyoming County invited to FREE breakfast to discuss the needs of potential residents with disabilities

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Locating affordable, accessible housing has long been a crucial need of senior citizens and people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. In a concerted effort to address this concern, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding a FREE buffet-style Landlords’ Breakfast, to which owners who rent housing in Wyoming County are invited. We are hosting the event at Byrncliff Resort and Conference Center, 2357 Humphrey Road, Varysburg, NY 14167, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Participants will be reminded that, on May 22nd, ILGR opened a new office in Wyoming County at the Community Action Building, 6470 Route 20A, Perry, NY, with initial hours of operation from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. People with disabilities are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with an Independent Living Specialist at (585) 969-4258.

Landlords will have the opportunity to share applicant and tenant issues, and we will share information about the programs and wrap-around services we provide for renters. For those landlords who generally see a high turnover rate, you can learn how ILGR can help to support your tenants, to encourage a more prolonged tenancy.

Those who plan to attend must pre-register, so there will be enough food on-hand. For questions, or to RSVP, please call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411.

This program is made possible through funds from Independent Living of the Genesee Region.

Landlords who rent in Genesee County invited to FREE breakfast to discuss the needs of potential residents with disabilities

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Locating affordable, accessible housing has long been a crucial need of senior citizens and people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. In a concerted effort to address this concern, Office for the Aging of Genesee County and Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) are holding a FREE buffet-style Landlords’ Breakfast, to which owners who rent housing in Genesee County are invited. We are “rolling out the red carpet” by holding the event at Terry Hills Golf and Banquet Facility, 5122 Clinton Street, Batavia, NY 14020, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Landlords will have the opportunity to share applicant and tenant issues, and we will share information about the programs and wrap-around services we provide for renters. For those landlords who generally see a high turnover rate, you can learn how ILGR can help to support your tenants, to encourage a more prolonged tenancy.

Those who plan to attend must pre-register, so there will be enough food on-hand. For questions, or to RSVP, please call Donna Becker at (585) 815-8501, ext. 411.

This program is made possible through funds from the New York State Office for the Aging, NY Connects, the Older Americans Act, and the generous support of the Genesee County Legislature and Independent Living of the Genesee Region.

Accessible Housing and Disability Resources Site

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WNY Independent Living’s BIP Innovation Team and Independent Living Centers of Erie, Niagara and Genesee Regions
would like to present accessible housing information and resources for people with disabilities throughout Western New York!

Housing Lists include: Lockport Area, Niagara Falls Area (Niagara County, North Tonawanda Area and many more!

Click HERE for more information!!

WNY Independent Living, Inc. Family of Agencies

Visit us online:
www.wnyil.org
WNY Independent Living, Inc.
3108 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14214
716-836-0822

ILGR helps Batavia couple with disabilities to replace a bad roof section by securing a grant from Home Depot

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Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is delighted to have played a role in replacing a portion of a residential roof whose leaks had caused heavy damage to the home’s kitchen, its furnishings, floor and electrical system, and created a mold problem. The potential ultimate consequence could have been the collapse of that part of the home. Wishing to remain anonymous, both the husband, a US Military Veteran, and his wife, who volunteers at ILGR, have disabilities that prevent their working, and left them without means to repair it themselves.

The couple had sought assistance from various programs, without being able to qualify for them. But ILGR staff connected them to the Community Impact Grant Program (CIGP) of the Home Depot Foundation, which helps improve existing homes or buildings, with the involvement of an IRS-registered tax-exempt public service organization, and with the actual work to be done by volunteers from the community. Once they were approved in December 2015, the Foundation provided a $2,000 gift card, which purchased materials for the highest priority repair, the roof, to stop the leaks and ongoing damage, and also some electrical wiring. The “sweat equity” was provided by relatives and friends of the family who had some skills in home building, and recently completed the roof work.

The family is looking into used cabinets and kitchen furnishings, and is saving up their limited funds for work on the next priorities, repairing the damaged floor and electrical system, and remediation of the mold. They are very grateful for the kindness of the Home Depot Foundation, the support of friends, and the initiative of the staff at ILGR, which enabled them to have a home that is becoming increasingly livable.

Learn about Finding Accessible Housing at a Seminar in Buffalo

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The legal rights of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking appropriate housing and some practical techniques to secure it will be explored in a FREE Accessible Housing Education Seminar. It takes place on Tuesday June 14, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, in the Job Club Room of Western New York Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street (near Highgate Avenue; enter from the off-street parking lot behind Jim’s Steakout), Buffalo, NY.

In addition to explaining the Fair Housing Act and other measures that bar disability-based discrimination, presenters will provide information and resources for navigating a provided regional list of housing options and other opportunities, advocating for reasonable accommodations and environmental modifications, and securing referrals and promising locations. Housing Specialist Desireé Wlodarek of The Balancing Incentive Program at Independent Living of Niagara County, and Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living, Inc., will make a PowerPoint presentation as part of the Seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending should register by calling Desireé at (716) 284-4131, ext. 218; or by email at dwlodarek@wnyil.org.

“Developmental disabilities” encompasses a number of central nervous system impairments that occur before age 22, including: cerebral palsy; epilepsy; autism; spinal cord injury; traumatic and acquired brain injury; learning disabilities such as dyslexia (reading disabilities), dysgraphia (writing disabilities), and visual tracking disorder; cognitive disabilities, Down Syndrome, and others.

The Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Can Learn about Finding Accessible Housing at a Seminar in Lockport

Independent Living of Niagara County
746 Portage Road • Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Phone (716) 284-4131 • Fax (585) 284-3230
www.wnyil.org/ilnc

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The legal rights of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking appropriate housing and some practical techniques to secure it will be explored in a FREE Accessible Housing Education Seminar. It takes place on Thursday February 18, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC)’s Lockport Outreach Office, located in Christ Community Church, 140 Genesee Street at Pine Street, Lockport, NY.

In addition to explaining the Fair Housing Act and other measures that bar disability-based discrimination, presenters will provide information and resources for navigating a provided regional list of housing options and other opportunities, advocating for reasonable accommodations and environmental modifications, and securing referrals and promising locations. Housing Specialist Desireé Wlodarek of ILNC, and Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Western New York Independent Living, Inc., will make a PowerPoint presentation as part of the Seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending should register by calling Michelle at (716) 284-4131, ext. 214; or by email at mamini@wnyil.org.

“Developmental disabilities” encompasses a number of central nervous system impairments that occur before age 22, including: cerebral palsy; epilepsy; autism; spinal cord injury; traumatic and acquired brain injury; learning disabilities such as dyslexia (reading disabilities), dysgraphia (writing disabilities), and visual tracking disorder; cognitive disabilities, Down Syndrome, and others.

Independent Living of Niagara County is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.