Homeless people who have disabilities are often treated very badly by the system. In fact disabled People in general often don’t get the programs and services they need. I hadn’t planned to attend this church fair but God had other plans for me. Plans to meet an Angel.
Today at a Church Health Fair I met Angel McMillan a young woman who uses a wheelchair.
Ms. McMillan currently lives in the Magnolia House Shelter located at 1424 Herkermer St.
The elevator is kept locked and only the security guard has the key. In case of emergency Ms. McMillan is trapped in the building. She has to beg just to gain access to the elevator to even get outside for doctors appointments or fresh air.
The Magnolia House shelter is also filthy, dirty with garbage and trash strewn everywhere. Definitely an unsafe environment for a young woman with a disability. This facility is in direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Of course I advocate for my brother Stephen all the time but think about the homeless disabilities People.
Previously in March I assisted a blind woman to locate the B56 bus at Broadway Junction.
She was Crying for help so I immediately went to assist Her.
Despite the fact that both the Police Department is at Broadway Junction as are the Transit Workers neither came to her assistance.
Stayed with Her until bus arrived. She was on Her way to the homeless shelter somewhere in the area of 75th and Elderts.
Why does the City of New York send blind People to unfamiliar places and Destinations? Earlier that day she had fallen and injured her hand. Being that this is a low income neighborhood the sidewalks and streets are tore up. Overwhelming obstacles for a blind person.
Why are blind People forced to Live in homeless shelters? Surely NYC can do better.
Seeing Eye Dog Sculpture
I advocate for my neighbors with disabilities. Who do you advocate for?
Activism, Advocacy and Resistance to the system is not only providing immediate help but contacting local neighborhood elected officials to get disabled People the goods, services and programs that they need.