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The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is intended to: engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; help operate these shelters; provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re‐ house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless. ESG funds are intended to be used as part of a crisis response system using a low barrier, housing‐focused approach to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and non‐recurring.

As of March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly referred to as the CARES Act was signed into law. The act provides emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to help the Nation respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) is working as quickly as possible to make the additional funds from the CARES Act available. MHDC will continue to update its website as more information becomes available.

The purpose of the Missouri Housing Trust Fund (MHTF) is to provide funding for housing-related activities serving low-income individuals and families in the state of Missouri. The MHTF was created by the RSMo 215.034 Statute set forth by the 1994 Missouri State Legislature in order to help meet the housing needs of low-income households and is supported by a three dollar recording fee on all real estate documents filed in the state of Missouri. The Community Initiatives Department of the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) administers the Missouri Housing Trust Fund (MHTF).

The Missouri Housing Innovation Program (“MoHIP”) has been designed as a flexible funding source in order to address evolving community needs. The program is designed to assist Missouri communities create the capacity to: quickly identify and engage people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of experiencing homelessness; intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from entering the homelessness service system; provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured; when homelessness does occur, quickly connect people to housing assistance and services – tailored to their unique needs and strengths – to help them achieve and maintain stable housing; address service gap needs as they appear within a community’s systematic response to homelessness.

The Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) is intended to assist Missouri communities impacted by severe weather or other natural disasters in recovery efforts. DRF funds should be utilized to quickly identify and assist low- to moderate-income households that have either become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless due to severe weather or other natural disasters.

The COVID‐19 Relief Fund (CRF) is intended to assist Missouri communities impacted by the COVID‐19 pandemic. CRF funds should be utilized to quickly identify and assist low‐to‐moderate income  households that have either become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless due to the economic  impact of COVID‐19.  

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