The MPVA works to combine the expertise and experience to ensure that the needs of our members (paralyzed veterans, and all individuals with disabilities) are included in policy debates at the local, state, and national level so that all citizens with disabilities receive the benefits and rights they deserve. The MPVA strives to better Michigan's communities through advocating for accessible barrier-free design that would be considered accessible to all. In fact, the MPVA realizes that the single biggest issue that veterans and individuals with disabilities face is a lack of suitable housing.
In 1946, groups of World War II veterans with spinal cord disabilities worked to form the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and at that time, the choices for housing, even for those who were married with children, were to reside at the VA or military hospitals. In 1948, after considerable efforts, the PVA finally managed to have President Harry S. Truman sign legislation that provided a grant toward the purchase of an accessible residences for veterans with services connected disabilities.
Regrettably, the continuing lack of accessible and affordable housing still plagues so many Americans. Yet, some 60 years after our founding, the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America has joined forces to address the accessible, affordable housing needs of people with physical mobility impairments. The MPVA is currently working to accomplish a goal to partner in building accessible apartments for physically disabled, low-income people who are capable of living independently.
Please continue to check this page for updates on this project. If you are interested in finding out more, or have suggestions and feedback on the MPVA's progress please contact Michael Harris, MPVA Executive Director.
Please visit these other valuable links to find out more information on accessible housing in Michigan:
Disability.gov is another website which features various resources for individuals seeking information on accessible living. Please visit http://www.disability.gov/ to get connected to information and opportunities for the disabled.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) provides a wealth of knowledge for individuals with disabilities who may be seeking to more information about accessible housing. The MDRC hosts a website that lists Affordable/Accessible Housing for People with Disabilities in Michigan. You can visit this website and narrow down your search for accessible living situations by zip code. Visit: http://www.copower.org/housing/index.htm to access this helpful site, or visit the MDRC's homepage by visiting http://www.copower.org/mdrc/mdrc.htm.
The Disability Network is a great resource for accessible housing needs. Visit http://www.dnmichigan.org/contacts/default.aspx and click on the virtual map of Michigan to find The Disability Network in your area and learn about imperative accessible housing language and terminology.