Disability Network Wayne County Detroit and Partners Save 81 Yr Old Veteran's Home

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By: Disability Network Wayne County Detroit
DETROIT - Nov. 11, 2020 - PRLog -- Vietnam veteran William Norman, an eighty-one year old, had a tree fall down on his home which put a hole in his roof, damaging the inside of his home and making it uninhabitable. Mr. Norman has over 45 years of memories in his home.  He stated, "The bugs and birds are still in the house. I tried to get them out. They tore through the roof of the house. Upstairs, you cannot get up there because of the damage. I don't know what to do, I have nowhere to go". Norman continued "I've been paying to live elsewhere since May." Mr. Norman's caregiver Renita Wilson reached out to several media outlets and state representatives to say, "I just want my senior to live the rest of his life with respect and dignity. I want him to live in the home he invested in and that he loves."

Disability Network Wayne County Detroit (DNWCD) Executive Director Lori Hill Sanders read the story about Mr. Norman and decided to become the fiduciary for the project.  Ms. Hill Sanders stated "we plan to represent Mr. Norman, give money, make sure the parties involved are above board and oversee other resources to help fix his home.  We will repair Mr. Norman's home even better than it was before, so that this senior can make new forever memories in his house."

Other principle parties involved in the renovation project are Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, City of Detroit, and Congresswoman Rashid Talib who added "I was disheartened that Mr. Norman, a Veteran from our district who bravely served our country, was denied access to his home four 4 months . However, this was something no resident should have to deal with, much less one of our nation's heroes".

Louis Piszker, CEO, of Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, said "we got involved because our company wanted Mr. Norman to return to the home he loves and worked so hard for. Through COVID response efforts, Wayne Metro had matching funds available for home repair and we are proud to assist this worthy veteran."

Denise Fair, chief public health officer, of the Detroit Health Department stated, "Our Human Services team provided case management to ensure his concerns were addressed. Our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents through a wide range of services including education, surveillance, communication and emergency preparedness."

Disability Network/Wayne County Detroit is a consumer driven organization and a voice in the community that works to develop the ability of people with disabilities to live independently. For more information, visit us at: http://www.dnwayne.org.

Malesa Owens McGhee
Source:Disability Network Wayne County Detroit
Location:Detroit - Michigan - United States
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