SAVANNAH CHATHAM FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL, LIFE: GEORGIA Chase H. is 4 years old living with spinal muscular atrophy type II (SMA). Increased independence in the bathroom was a birthday gift for Chase’s 4th birthday. Despite the young man having SMA, a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness, his family tries to raise him to be as independent as possible. After discussion with his therapists, his parents wanted to make the bathroom sink accessible so he could learn to wash his hands and brush his teeth. The grant allowed the Savannah Chatham Fair Housing Council, LIFE to install a wall-hung sink with a faucet that has automatic sensors. Now Chase can wheel up to the sink, turn the water on and off and utilize it independently just like anyone else!
REBUILDING TOGETHER: TEXAS Kathy B. uses a walker and cane. She has nerve damage from a cerebral tumor and needs assistance with balance and to cope with anxiety attacks. The occupational therapist recommended that her bathroom be modified to prevent falls and that a ramp be installed at the front of home which has entrance steps. As a result of the grant, Rebuilding Together of Dallas, Texas was able to install non skid strips in her bath, a bath seat was provided instead of the stool she had been using and grab bars and a handheld shower were installed.
LEGAL AID SOCIETY: MINNESOTA Sherry W. and her husband live in a 96 unit building in downtown Minneapolis; both need power chairs. Sherry had difficulty getting through the front doors of the building and even injured her foot trying to prop one open. Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis was asked to help so that she and others would have safer and easier access to the building. It was determined that power doors are the best answer for the family’s problem. Legal Aid contacted the managers of the building but they were concerned about the costs of buying and installing power doors. Legal Aid contacted NFHA for assistance. NFHA offered to cover one-half of the cost of the power doors and with this funding in hand, the apartment managers have now installed the door. The family and other tenants, staff and maintenance people now have better access to good homes.