Heartland Independent Living Center
HEARTLAND INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER
Heartland Independent Living Center (HILC) is a non-residential, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We provide programs and services to people with disabilities and low-income seniors in Franklin, Gasconade and Maries counties that assist them in living independently, free of charge. HILC provides Four Core Services: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, Peer Support & Counseling, in addition to Ramp and Home Modification Programs, Adaptive Equipment Program, and Consumer Directed Program (CDS) Personal Care Attendant Program.
HILC sees the necessity for the elderly and disabled to be able to live independently and not be left "stuck" in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Thousands of people with disabilities live in institutions such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, instead of their own homes. The national average cost of staying in a nursing home is approximately $75,000. Community based services would allow people to stay in their homes for around $23,000 a year instead.
HILC works with the VFW Club of Owensville, The Baptist Builders of Franklin County, Missouri Ozark Community Action, Vocational Rehabilitation, Safe At Home, and many other agencies to provide for our consumers.
Heartland ILC is launching our Transition and In-Home Care programs to help resolve the problem of individuals being institutionalized who want to live at home independently by providing both financial support with the relocations, access to our information and referral service, and advocacy. It will help the consumers with financial burdens such as rent, utilities, furniture, and other upfront costs of moving into their own home, in addition to providing ramp and home modifications so that they may have accessibility in their own homes. We are requesting $245,900 to fund the start-up costs of this program as well as the costs of maintaining and expanding it for two years.