New housing complex offers accessible apartments

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, October 30 2017 Oct 30, 2017 Monday, October 30, 2017 4:13:00 PM CDT October 30, 2017 in News
By: Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new housing complex unveiled Monday includes eight accessible apartments for people with disabilities.

The Boone Point Apartments opened to tenants this month. The complex includes two locations, with 32 total units. 

"There is such a lack of affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities and this is a step in the right direction," said Boone County Family Resources (BCFR) Executive Director Robyn Kaufman. "A year ago, when we were deciding to build this, we wanted to offer an affordable, accessible solution for people who didn't have many."

Kaufman said all units were designed to meet needs of tenants with various disabilities, but eight are designed specifically for people with physical disabilities. Those apartments include widened doorways, large showers, and sinks with room to roll under, for a tenant with a wheelchair.

Max Lewis moved into his new apartment at Boone Point Central last week. He said the independence and freedom of having his own apartment changed his life.

"It feels like the first day that I've taken a step towards being independent. I'm breaking the barrier of public housing and living on my own."

Lewis also serves on the BCFR Board of Directors. He said he hopes the Columbia community makes building more accessible housing a priority.

"I hope the community will dive in and help us. Help ease the problem and making housing more affordable for other individuals. Not just the fortunate ones like myself living here, but all individuals. All individuals want to live in their own place they can call home."

Kaufman said her agency noticed people with disabilities spending as much as 70 percent of their monthly income on housing.

"I want everyone to think about what it would be like if you had to spend 70 percent of your money on your living situation. What decisions would you have to make?"

Kaufman said space in both facilities filled up rapidly and there is already around 25 people on the waiting list. 

State Representative Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, says the wait-list shows more housing is needed.

"This is an issue in a lot of places, not just Columbia. And it's great that we can do this for individuals that need housing to give them more independence," Basye said. "People don't think about this type of thing, but people with disabilities need more of our help and more of our attention and we need to give it to them."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - December is filled with festivities, but an emergency trip to the veterinarian can spoil all the holiday cheer.... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:02:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A year and a half ago, Rhonda Watson found herself at a crossroad: Go to prison or go... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 6:56:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 24-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 6:12:06 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - This week Hitachi announced a takeover of ABB, worth a purchase price of $11 billion. It's... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 4:53:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
ST.LOUIS - Missouri salt supply usage is at a high since early snowfall hit the midwest in November. In... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:30:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Retired employees of the Columbia Electric Utilities are frustrated with the city for its lack of action in... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:18:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supporters of criminal justice reform are questioning a move by assistant prosecutors in St. Louis County... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2:40:58 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission held the first of two formal hearings to determine whether an interstate... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:34:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:28:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
BOWLING GREEN - Charles Erickson, who is serving time in prison for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:16:29 AM CST December 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A man awaiting sentencing for attacking his grandparents filed a motion Friday, seeking acquittal on one of the... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:05:36 AM CST December 18, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A Fortuna man pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the 2017 death of his young son. ... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:55:00 AM CST December 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission held a hearing on the Grain Belt Express on Tuesday. In... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 5:34:00 AM CST December 18, 2018 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - Tom Belsha has lived on Crestview Drive for twenty years. He has been questioning the quality of... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, December 17 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 8:39:00 PM CST December 17, 2018 in Top Stories
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman who told police she intentionally drove into the Kansas River while trying to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 17 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 6:34:00 PM CST December 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Denico Crawley, the man convicted of murder stemming from the case of Quenten Hurt, was sentenced to 105 years... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 17 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 6:06:00 PM CST December 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A jury trial for two defendants in the death of Carl DeBrodie has been postponed, according to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 17 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST December 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Council members agreed to narrow down the number of hiring companies who applied to be in charge of... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 17 2018 Dec 17, 2018 Monday, December 17, 2018 2:37:00 PM CST December 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
9pm 44°
10pm 44°
11pm 43°
12am 43°