Disability Activist & Housing Hero Greg Bell, Sr. Mourned

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

Catholic Charities celebrates the life and mourns the death of Gregory D. Bell, Sr., 68. 

City Councilwoman Vanessa L. Gibson remembered Greg Bell as not only a strong advocate for disabled veterans but as a family man, and a faithful servant of God, reports the Bronx Chronicle in its obituary of Mr. Bell published today, August 20, 2015.

“Greg was known to many of us as a passionate, tireless and committed advocate for all individuals living with disabilities [who] made the time to ensure that his voice was the loudest among many others and paid particular attention to addressing the lack of affordable housing and employment opportunities for those living with disabilities.”

Greg Bell became legally blind in 1989. He rejoined his church and soon began the process of educating himself so that no one in the visually disabled community would have to suffer unemployment and homelessness as he did.

(Mr. Bell and the Insight for New Housing corporation he established collaborated with Catholic Charities affiliate Highbridge Community Development Corporation) to open their first housing development in the Bronx called Jesup Heights Apartments One. The complex is specifically designed for the visually impaired, offering one-bedroom and studio apartments with automatic sensors for doors, talking elevators, Braille mailboxes and more. The building is modeled after the universal design and accessibility of Lighthouse International’s headquarters.

Read the full obituary in The Bronx Chronicle.