Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Homeless & Housing, Seniors

Location: 11607 Euclid Avenue Cleveland OH 44106 USA

Mission: The mission of Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) is to develop and/or facilitate options in housing for people with physical disabilities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio addresses an underserved population, assisting with accessible housing and realted issues. There are very few alternatives for help with housing and access for this community.

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When I first began to build wheel-chair ramps for low-income Cleveland residents, I quickly realized that the need was far to great to meet with few resources. Since then I have been attempting to partner and join efforts with others in the community who are interested in addressing mobility issues.

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Build more accessible housing; make pople aware of the vast need for mobility and aging-in-place resources, so people will realize that this is not "somebody else's problem.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer with MAHO, working on their Accessible Housing Resource Center, I had the opportunity to work with the staff daily. The staff works tirelessly to provide their residents with an accessible, safe, and clean place to live. MAHO also works to provide this information to the broader community. They advocate for Universal Design and Visitability. Their advocacy in these areas extend their relationship with their residents out into the community, so that wherever their residents go will be somewhere accessible and safe.

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volunteering for this organization, I have seen how they treat their residents as people first. It is important to the MAHO staff and board that the organization provide accessible, safe, and clean facilities for their residents and their guests.

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provide this organization with more tools with which to do this very important work. Advocating on behalf of a marginalized population is hard and costly; MAHO would benefit greatly from monetary resources to support their operations.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member of Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio since it's beginnings almost 30 years ago. It currently provides accessible, affordable housing for almost 150 families, and there is a waiting list. This demonstrates how necessary this type of housing is. This organization also offers seminars to educate consumers, builders, social workers, and others interested in learning how to implement universal design. Building on this past experience, we are excited to be in the midst of a capital campaign to fund the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, apartment building. It will include a model suite for visitors to tour and where seminars can be given.

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I've seen the organization develop from one apartment community to five communities and the addition of the Accessible Housing Resource Center to provide advocacy, education, consulting, and other services.

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Provide more outreach to the community and advocacy on the local, state, and national level to promote universal design and visitability in all new construction and renovations.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was invited to become a MAHO Board Member earlier this year, and it was my pleasure to join an organization that provides for housing accommodations with universal design concepts. The tenants desire self-sufficiency, and the apartment communities are very tight-knit. The greater Cuyahoga County community supports this organization as well, with beautiful art and furniture donations. It is very exciting to work toward the new construction project for New Circle Vistas, to be built in University Circle amongst nationally renown museums, schools and medical facility.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MAHO provides very vital services to people with physical disabilities through information concerning accessible housing, and by providing accessible apartment complexes throughout the Greater Cleveland area.

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I have followed the work of this organization since its inception and have watched it grow from one apartment building to five.

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Expand their public awareness efforts so more people would be aware of their services.

Rating: 5 stars  

My 56 year old husband suffered a brain stem stroke after an unsuccessful surgery for a benign brain tumor in 2006. After nine months of ICUs, hospitals, subacute rehab, and nursing homes, we made the decision to come home. MAHO came to our house and recommended specific renovations and other items that we needed to live safely at home. As my husband's needs have evolved over the last five years, MAHO has continued to consult with us. We are very grateful for the time and talents of their staff. Before my husband was discharged to home, physical therapists of the nursing home did a home visit to insure that he was coming home to a safe environment. They were amazed at the thought and planning that went into the details. This is due to MAHO!

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services for the mobility impaired.

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have insurance help pay for the cost of renovations and counseling services.

Rating: 5 stars  

MAHO not only provides great accessible apartments with highly qualified and respectful staff, but provids much Tecnical Assistance and Education so the reach of accessible housing is beyond the buildings that MAHO operates.

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As a homeless shelter director, which struggles to serve people with mobility issues, I recieved valuable assistance. MAHO reviewed our shelter's accessibily and made sound cost effective recommendations - from free, simple, & easy, to larger scale and offered to help find funding.

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Change it to MAHU - Maximum Accessible Housing of United States

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the opportunity to visit all 5 MAHO apartment communities and each time, have noticed how proud the residents are of their homes. The fact that there is a waiting list to move into these apartments shows how great the need is for accessible, affordable housing.

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I have been a board member for several years.

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Find a way to inform more people about MAHO so they could recognize what a wonderful oganization it is and so they would assist financially the organization, in general and the New Circle Vistas campaign for a new state-of-the-art complex.

Rating: 4 stars  

The apartments they build to help those with mobility disabilities gives people a home that they can move around in at a price they can afford. Not many apartments offer bathrooms that can fit a wheelchair or kitchen that can fit a wheelchair. The apartments are amazing and I look foward to the new Circle Vistas site.

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by seeing what changes I needed to make my father's life easier after he had to start using a cane. The ADA laws that need to be used in a public place to provide easier access to curbs, homes and bathrooms is amazing. By learning simple and inexpensive ways to make our home ready for anyone with a mobility disability to enter.

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wish there was a way to get the word out about that MAHO is not just about apartments for people with disabilities. They give classes and work with people to learn how to make every place accessible and visitable to all.

Rating: 5 stars  

MAHO is unique in Cleveland because of their focus on universally accessible housing for people with mobility disabilities. In addition to owning and operating five communities, MAHO is in the midst of a successful capital campaign to build a sixth facility in the heart of University Circle. New Circle Vistas will be a state of the art building with universal accessibility design and energy efficiency measures built in from the ground up. Visit www.mahohio.org for more information on the accessibility planning for New Circle Vistas.

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In 2 years of Board service, I have seen MAHO grow into the responsibility of a multi-million dollar capital campaign and construction planning process. This is a very dedicated group of people who take very seriously the role of leadership and advocacy for universal accessibility housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to keep building new facilities to satisfy the MAHO mission and the demand in the Greater Cleveland area for accessible housing.

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