New Report on Housing and People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a report summarizing efforts to the measure the extent of “worst case housing needs” among very low-income renter households with disabilities. The Report finds that approximately 1 million households that included nonelderly people with disabilities had worst case needs. 

“Worst case housing needs” are defined as very low-income renters (incomes below half the median in their area) who do not receive government housing assistance and who either paid more than half their monthly incomes for rent, lived in severely substandard conditions, or both. 

ACTOR RJ MITTE BECOMES NEWEST UCP CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR

Actor RJ Mitte Becomes Newest United Cerebral Palsy Celebrity Ambassador

Emmy-nominated AMC drama “Breaking Bad” Actor Commits to Educate, Advocate Life Without Limits for People with Disabilities

Washington, DC (March 25, 2011) – Today, designated “National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day” by the U.S. Senate (Resolution No. 75), United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, announced its newest Celebrity Ambassador, Actor RJ Mitte, who stars on the Emmy-nominated AMC drama "Breaking Bad."

As an UCP Celebrity Ambassador, Mitte is committed to help fulfill UCP’s mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities, supporting UCP’s network of nearly 100 affiliates who provide services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults every day — one person at a time, one family at a time. Mitte will begin his new role by participating in UCP’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. next month, including hosting the Opening Reception, participating in a panel about mobilizing the next generation of philanthropists and advocates, and being featured as a presenter at UCP’s annual Awards for Excellence dinner.

“I am excited to join the United Cerebral Palsy family and am committed to help educate and advocate for people with disabilities to live a life without limits,” said Mitte. “There are so many opportunities for advancing independence and productivity for people with disabilities, and I’m eager to raise awareness to advance UCP’s mission.”

“We are pleased to name RJ as a Celebrity Ambassador of United Cerebral Palsy. UCP believes that all people should be able to live a life without limits. As a young person with a disability, RJ has proven that having a disability cannot and should not hold anyone back,” said Stephen Bennett, United Cerebral Palsy President & Chief Executive Officer. “The civil rights movement is not over, and RJ’s notoriety and voice will help us continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams today and into the future.”

Mitte’s character on “Breaking Bad,” Walter White Jr., has cerebral palsy. In real life Mitte also has cerebral palsy although it is a milder form than his character on the show. In addition to this new position with UCP, he is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity, and the prevention of bullying. He has been a featured guest speaker at an anti-bullying town hall discussion at the NAPT Annual Conference for school transportation professionals and has begun working with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a national campaign designed to engage and educate those who see bullying – leveraging peer-to-peer support. As a guest speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country, Mitte openly talks about the ways he has overcome obstacles and how he has achieved his goals.


About United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP and its nearly 100 affiliates advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities by providing services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. We work to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, we continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org

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CONTACT:
Lauren Cozzi, United Cerebral Palsy
202-973-7114 (direct); LCozzi@ucp.org