One legged amputee told by State Office of Community Development you will have no wheelchair walkway to home.
Published April 10 2019 updated June 5 2019 4 min. 43 seconds read
Misty Hopkins received a HUD CDBG-DR Grant for the replacement of her condemned old manufactured home. The new MHU was setup, but the location is 280 feet from any surface she can navigate with her wheelchair. Restore Louisiana says No to wheelchair path.
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If you what to talk with Misty Hopkins it's best you join the Facebook Group Restore LA Program Info Exchange because Misty is profoundly deaf. She has to communicate via email or chat programs to people trying to assist her with her need of roughly 280 feet of wheelchair walkway and path. Her Facebook.Com page Misty Hopkins link.
The Restore Louisiana Homeowners Program has cited Section 504 about what they are willing to pay for and what they will not pay for continuously with Misty Hopkins.
The program can submit waiver request to HUD and issue exemptions to homeowners with needs not covered by normal every day policy and procedures.
Misty has done everything right, it's the program that is making it impossible for her to roll to her front door.
By not having access to her new MHU setup and paid for by American Taxpayer Dollars is shameful on the directors of the Restore Louisiana Program and those in management over her case file.
The program via their Construction Technical Advisers (CTA's) have sent her documents explaining what the program will pay for and what it will not. They sent these documents after her home was on her property. The program inspectors knew the location of the home, they had taken pictures, soil samples as part of the HUD required environmental review and not a single person within the program advised Misty that she would need a 2 wheel drive wheelchair that was good on muddy roads to reach her home's front door. It's so frustrating for Misty, the program set up stairs for her and didn't have a any plans for paying for or building a ramp until after the MHU (Mobile Home Unit) was installed. It's been one issue after another with the program, as if the state directed by the Office of the Governor OCD-DRU completely ignored the fact Misty has only one leg.
Misty became eligible for a new MHU after her home was a complete loss because of the 2016 flooding in Louisiana.
She's only 280 feet from a new kitchen, clean floors, and a bath. Forced to live with neighbors until she can access her new home, she keeps the faith that someone within the program or a group that can make it happen will come forward.
Until that time we ask that you share and post your comments of support to Misty Hopkins on Brittany Weiss Reports Facebook Page or email them to us here at TruckAndTools.Com. We want to make sure Misty has access to her new home and others like Misty learn about the ADA 504 Standards that HUD CDBG-DR will pay for.
The main contractor hired by the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit is IEM Inc. of North Carolina, who has refused to allow Misty the opportunity to appeal to the State of Louisiana OCD (HUD Grantee) Exemptions Board.
We'll keep you updated as we learn the progress of our efforts.
TruckAndTools.Com will be setting up a contribute a gift page for her here. We will make sure every penny less the Paypal processing fees will get to her. We have a few Military Veterans that said they will setup and help pre-grade work.
We want to make sure everyone that needs wheelchair access gets noticed by their state's managed HUD CDBG-DR program even if Section 504 doesn't specifically use the word "Wheelchair". HUD policy references "Accessibility" which would include walkways and ramps. We want to make sure those managing your state's program know that waivers and exemptions are their for cases like this. State Grantee's can also process walkways and ramps as change orders for "Unforeseen" costs.
Below you'll find images of the dirt driveway in need of a wheelchair path to Misty's front door.
Today 4-12-2019 Misty now has her septic tank underground and her power pole has been installed. We've been told the ground is muddy like this all year. Looks like we'll have some drainage work ahead of us as well.
New Pictures include Misty and her temporary ramps where she is living while she waits for news on her manufactured home access.
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