ERIC Number: ED345448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Madison Mutual Housing Association and Cooperative: "People and Housing Building Communities."
Racino, Julie Ann
This report resulted from a qualitative research site visit to the Madison Mutual Housing Association and Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin. The agency was selected due to its reputation for inclusive efforts to provide housing to a broad constituency including people of differing abilities, ages, income levels, and ethnic backgrounds. The Madison Mutual Housing Association (MHA) and Cooperative are legally two sister corporations, though in many ways they function as one, and their relationship with each other is described. Aspects of housing cooperatives are discussed, including how they are organized, reasons people choose to live in cooperative housing, and the roles of individuals involved. Two cooperative sites designed with the intent to integrate people of all abilities and another cooperative site that includes a group home for older adults are described. Eight lessons for the disability field in terms of housing options are presented, covering the areas of: the values and commitment of housing associations and cooperatives, principles underlying the creation of housing options, facing stigma and stereotypes, housing as an empowerment and social issue, meanings of independence, the relationship between housing and support organizations, group homes and cooperatives, and promoting integration through financing. Two critical issues that need to be faced in the coming years are then discussed: size and scope of these organizations, and the potential for overidentification with the disability field which can undermine their broad-based community mission. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.