JeffTran & Handi-Wheels Passes Available Through Grant Funding

A 1996 report by the Federal Transit Administration found that nearly one-third of the American population is transportation disadvantaged. This includes children under the driving age, senior citizens seeing their driving ability diminish, and people with disabilities depending on transit, para-transit, or costly private transportation services. Many low-income individuals often have difficulty accessing jobs, training, and other services because of inadequate transportation. Limited transportation options also isolate the poor from services and programs designed to lift them out of poverty.

Access to affordable transportation makes the trip to work, school, and medical appointments possible. It fosters self-sustainability, promotes independence, and permits spending on other household essentials and can improve economic efficiency.

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) has been awarded a contract as a sub-grantee for the 2014-2015 program year through the City of Jefferson to provide JeffTran and Handi-Wheels passes to eligible individuals. Funding is provided by a Community Development Block Grant that the City of Jefferson receives annually from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Individuals must be residents of Jefferson City, meet income guidelines, provide required income verification, and complete a Pass Program Request Form. Passes will be issued to individuals meeting program requirements in amounts of $20 and will be based upon availability. Individuals do not need to be a consumer of ILRC’s services to access this program. Individuals may contact ILRC at 573-556-0400 or in person at 1760 Southridge Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109 during normal business hours regarding the passes.

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) is a non-residential, consumer-controlled, not-for-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with disabilities in Southern Callaway, Camden, Cole, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, and Osage counties. ILRC works to promote greater independence and empowerment for persons with disabilities through advocacy and resources.

ILRC provides core services of Peer Support, Advocacy, Information and Referral, and Independent Living Skills Training free of charge to the consumer. Additional services and programs include Accessibility Surveys, Consumer Directed Services, Children & Youth Services including HCY, MPACT Certified Parent Mentors and Youth Group, De-institutionalization, Equipment Loan, Home Modifications / Ramps, TAP-T (Telecommunications Access Program), and the ILRC Care Closet.