As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) has partnered with 13 non-profit social service, regional housing stability and legal aid agencies to help distribute 2020 American Rescue Plan funds of $324 million, and soon-to-be released 2021, American Recovery Plan funds of $269 million earmarked for those behind on rent and utilities.
By partnering with these local service organizations, tenants and rental property owners can receive assistance with preparing and submitting applications for assistance and get quicker relief in their own local communities.
These funds are designed to help Missouri tenants stay in their homes by getting them caught up on past due rent and utilities through the State Assistance for Housing Relief Program (SAFHR). Due to federal requirements, certain eligibility documents must be uploaded or provided. The typical application process takes approximately three to four weeks.
People needing help can apply online at MOHousingResources.com or by phone at (833) 541-1599. Spanish speaking representatives are also available to assist by phone.