Rent, energy assistance offered to Missouri renters
Ameren Missouri is encouraging families across the state to look into a new program to help pay outstanding rent and utility bills.
The State Assistance for Housing Relief program is for Missouri renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers up to 12 months of rent and utility bills, including up to three months of future rent. The SAFHR program is administered through the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
Eligible customers can apply at mohousingresources.com. If approved, payment typically takes place in two to four weeks, directly to your landlord and/or utility companies. If you need help applying, call 1-888-471-1029.
To qualify for SAFHR, you must be renting a residential property in Missouri and meet the following criteria:
• You or someone in your household must also have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic, including increased expenses, reduced income, lost wages, etc. You must be at risk of housing instability or losing your housing as a result of the hardship.
• Your household income must be at or below 80 percent of the median income in your area, defined by your county and household size. You can look up this information at mohousingresources.com/safhr.
The program is funded by COVID-19 stimulus packages passed by the federal government. Applications for assistance are available through Sept. 30. Customers can learn more about available energy assistance programs at AmerenMissouri.com/EnergyAssistance.