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Apartment house serves those with disabilities

by T.W BURGER, The Patriot-News
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 6:30 PM

Baldwin Village is a housing development that is fully accessible for people with lower-incomes who have a disability.
Lamont Warren, 22, kept rolling his wheelchair through the doorways of his new apartment on Mohn Street in Swatara Township, enjoying the simple fact that his chair did not rub against the jambs.

"In the place where I've been living, I keep scratching the sides of the door and scraping the paint off the walls," he said. "The place wasn't built for wheelchairs."

Lamont Warren will be moving into a housing development built for people with lower-incomes who are living with a disability.
Warren, who broke his neck in a football accident two year ago, will be one of the first residents of Baldwin Village, said to be central Pennsylvania's first fully accessible housing development for people with lower-incomes who have a disability.

The development consists of 12 apartment units designed and built specifically for people with serious physical disabilities.

Lynn Stewart, housing director for the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, based in Camp Hill and serving Dauphin, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties, said the agency will be looking at similar projects in the future, having discovered that the need is so great.

When Baldwin Village opened up, more than 70 people applied to live there.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Patriot-News.

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