The Maximum Access Awards honor the contributions of individuals and organizations who have worked to increase accessibility, promote independent living, and improve the lives of people with disabilities. Previous award winners include Frank Anderson and Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter; Jim Larue and the Housing Resource Center; Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), and Kathy Cotman.
We are pleased to announce our 2016 Maximum Access Award recipients. They were honored at our 35th Anniversary Celebration:
Cleveland Field Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Cleveland Field Office of HUD has been our partner for 33 of our 35 years. They have worked with MAHO to provide the primary funding to make the Vistas Apartment Communities the best possible accessible and affordable apartments for people with mobility disabilities. During the development of Cotman Vistas, it took extraordinary work from the Cleveland office staff to see the project through to completion. This was one of the first three projects in the country to use a new funding mechanism and the HUD staff helped MAHO navigate an extremely difficult regulatory path. MAHO is grateful to the Cleveland HUD staff for their ongoing support and professionalism.
Cleveland Department of Aging
The City of Cleveland Department of Aging promotes and provides resources to support the independence of seniors and adults with disabilities. Their great programs include the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Senior Homeowner Assistance Program (SHAP), and the Age-Friendly Cleveland Initiative. The Department of Aging hosts fun events for seniors and people with disabilities throughout the year, such as the annual Senior Walk. MAHO has worked closely with the Department of Aging through the ADA Cleveland coalition over the last two years; we are continually impressed by the dedication of their staff and their commitment to creating a more inclusive and accessible city for all of Cleveland’s residents.