April 2, 2018
I am writing in full support of Access for Opportunity’s mission to build affordable, wheelchair accessible housing for those with physical disabilities living in Massachusetts and to provide opportunities to re-gain employment.
The Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association sole purpose is to provide support to those affected by a life altering spinal cord injury. This diagnosis leaves individuals paralyzed with the inability to move their lower and/or upper extremities. It is emotionally, physically and financially devasting. Often, they cannot return to their homes as they are not accessible. In addition, they are often unable to return to their prior employment.
Each day we at the Chapter see people who are forced into sub-standard housing, inaccessible housing and skilled nursing facilities. Far too often, these places are unsafe and unsanitary. Others are simply, homeless and living on the streets. Their health declines and a vicious cycle begins.
Housing is a top priority for employment and quality of life. The only reason why they are waiting for several years under these conditions to get an apartment is because we don’t have enough affordable accessible housing. Access for Opportunity has a mission to change lives for hundreds of people. Not only will they provide housing but the resources needed for employment. Ultimately, individuals will once again have a home of their own.
Elizabeth M. Weaver
United Spinal Association
Greater Boston Chapter