MacDill Offers Special Needs Homes

MacDill AFB, Fla., recently unveiled 10 newly constructed base homes specifically designed to assist special needs families. The homes, which were constructed as part of a partnership between MacDill and Arlington, Va.-based Clark Realty Capital, include unique features such as sliding pocket doors, roll-in showers, widened hallways, removable cabinetry facings, and motion-sensor bathroom lighting, states a December base release. “The new [Americans with Disabilities Act] houses are just one way we are able to increase the overall quality of life that our service members deserve,” said Col. Scott DeThomas, commander of 6th Air Mobility Wing. Natalie Lee, mother of a disabled child and resident of the new ADA housing community, said being able to live on base is a “blessing.” She continued, “Everyday tasks are much simpler now. It’s such a relief.” (See MacDill report by SSgt. Brandon Shapiro)