Missouri Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Missouri ERAP Treasury Programs:

The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) Program provides rent and utility assistance for households who have been impacted by COVID-19. Eligible tenants can apply for financial assistance to be paid directly to their landlord or utility provider. Financial assistance includes rent and utility arrears for the period beginning April 2020 and up to 3 months of forward rent and prepaid fuel utility assistance. The tenant must not owe rental arrears beyond any requested rental arrears through this program in order to apply for forward rent assistance. In order to receive utility assistance, tenants must have an invoice from the utility provider to support the request.

Missouri CARES+ Programs:

The Missouri Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP) provides financial support for landlords and renters who are struggling due to the COVID-19 emergency in the State of Missouri. The program will reimburse landlords for past due rent payments (rental arrears) for the period beginning April 1, 2020. Applications must be completed and submitted by landlords in collaboration with their tenant. A one-time payment of up to six (6) months of rental arrears will be made to the landlord on the tenant’s behalf. Requests are subject to the established rent maximums outlined below.

Applications will be evaluated for eligibility and completeness. Landlords will complete an online application and will be notified of application status by email.

The City has allocated $5.4 million dollars of its CARES Act funding to assist City residents with their rental & mortgage payments. The Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Affordable Housing Commission and various housing organizations have established a rental and mortgage assistance program to help residents who are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. All forms of assistance will be made directly to the landlord/lender.

These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

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