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Education, Empowerment, and Equality for People with Disabilities

Maura Kelley, Todd Vaarwerk, DeAnna Eason, and Scott Gehl 

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) presents Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL), a check for $2,500 towards its advocacy work in the community, in honor of a victim of housing discrimination, the late Rev. Henry Schwede. After a prolonged Fair Housing Act legal fight with Crestwood Commons, LLC, a senior living complex in the Town of Wheatfield, over mobility accommodation issues encountered by Rev. Schwede, HOME won a $5,000 monetary settlement and, more importantly, changes in the organization’s policy to eliminate discriminatory practices. HOME and WNYIL symbolically picked July 26, 2016, the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for the presentation ceremony.

Gathered for the presentation are,(left to right): Maura Kelley, Director of Mental Health PEER Connection, representing WNYIL, Todd Vaarwerk, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at WNYIL,

HOME Associate Director DeAnna Eason, and Executive Director Scott Gehl


Rev. Schwede

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