"He wanted somebody else to benefit from it," said Howard Mandeville, executive director of Movin' Out Inc., the Madison-based housing nonprofit organization for the disabled to which Sneve deeded the home.
"That was his
"They all described him as a creative thinker, almost restless in his
thinking, always looking for the next best answer," Mandeville
The house, assessed at $114,900 last year counting its lot, already is ideally set up for two people in wheelchairs to live comfortably, Mandeville
That meant modifications weren't necessary.
The group usually has to add features to its rental properties - such as a ramp or a roll-in shower.
"It was built to the highest standards of accessibility at the time," Mandeville
"It's a very open floor plan that flows," Mandeville
"It's about the dignity and feeling of home, that this is my place and I've got a key to it and I decide who is going to come in and be my guest," Mandeville
said, explaining the philosophy behind his
It will never be a very common choice, Mandeville
said, but perhaps for some people, who may not have relatives who need or want their house, it can be an option to consider.
Setting up a post-death home donation can require filling out only a simple, one-page sheet, Mandeville
said, while the benefits of providing housing where disabled people can live as independently as possible go beyond those helped.
"It also has an impact on our community," Mandeville