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Melanie Fry, a lead policy consultant in the DHS Disability Services Division, received the Inclusive Housing Award from The Arc Minnesota at its awards banquet in November 2012 at its statewide conference in Bloomington. Fry was recognized for her leadership in DHS programs that support independent, community living for people with disabilities, including the Housing Access Services program.
A partnership between The Arc Minnesota and DHS since 2009, the Housing Access Services program has moved 600 people with disabilities as of this month to homes of their own. The program is open to adults of all ages who are eligible for Medical Assistance home care or waiver programs, has been used by people who had been living in their family home, group homes, assisted living and who were homeless.
“Lives are better because of Melanie Fry,” said Scott Schifsky, program director for The Arc Minnesota, who submitted the nomination. “Melanie understands that quality services and supports are interlinked and that achieving success in one area of living may require supports in another. Her advocacy for individualized, one-person-at-a-time supports and services has created opportunities for individuals to be more independent than they had previously thought possible.”
The Arc Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supports their inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.