1. What is the purpose of the site? The site was developed by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities to assist people with developmental and other disabilities to acquire affordable and accessible residences across the state of Missouri.
2. What is meant by universal design? Universal design is a set of principles to enable people with and without disabilities to have increased access to their environment including their homes. Universal design in a house would mean 36" wide doors, five-foot diameter clearance in kitchens and bathrooms, adjustable closet and pantry shelving, side by side refrigerator/freezer, adjustable countertops, hardwood floors and low pile carpet that allows ease of access, no more than a ½" threshold between flooring surfaces, no step entrances, sloped walkways etc. For more information on Universal design principles look under For builders on this web page.
3. What is HUD? HUD is the acronym for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency that assists people, housing developers, and state and local government in the development of affordable housing. Within the HUD web site is a variety of information to assist all people, including those with disabilities, in understanding the process of renting or buying a home, finding someone to assist in the process, finding financial resources and other information to help the individual. Here is the link to the HUD web site. http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/states/missouri Throughout this web site, there are also links to particular sites within the HUD website to quickly get you to the information you want to find.
4. What is the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC)? This commission is a state agency that assists with the development of affordable housing across Missouri. The commission receives funding from HUD and the Missouri state government to assist individuals, local communities and private developers in the acquisition of housing especially for those people with low incomes. MHDC's home page has a valuable link called The Affordable Home Locator which can assist you in finding low income rental housing.
6. How do I find a home that is accessible? We have provided a database for rental properties that include properties with accessible features. As more properties meet universal design principles or accessibility standards, we hope the number of such accessible properties will greatly expand across Missouri. For additional information, go to Buying a Homeand/or Renting a Home.
8. Is there any information on the process of renting an apartment? Yes, a good starting point is at the HUD link below. The site listed below provides basic information that renters need to know concerning your rights as a tenant, ways to find rental properties that meet your needs, federal and local financing programs, agencies that can assist you in finding rental properties, ways to work effectively with a landlord and the need for renter's insurance to protect you and your valuables at HUD.gov
19. Who is eligible to receive services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities?
Eligibility is determined by what's known as a functional assessment as opposed to linking eligibility to a specific diagnosis. A developmental disability is a disability which is attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury, autism, or a learning disability related to a brain dysfunction, or any other mental or physical or mental impairment which occurs before the age 22. It must be determined that this disability is likely to continue indefinitely and that it results in a substantial functional limitation in two or more of the following six areas of major life activities:
Receptive and expressive language development and use
Capacity for independent living or economic self-sufficiency
20. Who should I contact if I believe I am eligible or a member in my family is eligible for services?
There are 11 regional offices located throughout the state in the following cities: Central Mo. Regional Office (Columbia, MO), Albany, Hannibal, Joplin, Kansas City, Kirksville, Poplar Bluff, Rolla, St. Louis (North and South), Sikeston, and Springfield.
21. If I'm eligible for services, is there an age requirement?
No. The Division of DD provides services to persons of any age. The only age requirement in determining eligibility is that the disability must have occurred prior to age 22 and is likely to last indefinitely.