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Missouri Rental Assistance Program Eligibility

Eligibility is based on where you live, how much income your household has, and whether you're at risk of losing your housing or having your utilities shut off due to a financial hardship.

Where You Live

You must be a resident of Missouri, and renting your primary residence (or applying for a previous address).  You can apply for rent or utility relief, or both.

Your Household Income

Your household's estimated income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for your county.

Financial Hardship

You need not have been sick with COVID-19, but someone in your household must have experienced a reduction in income or an increase in expenses during the pandemic.

Prioritization Disclosure

MHDC’s SAFHR program collects household information regarding income and employment status in the SAFHR application, which allows households that meet specific US Treasury criteria to be prioritized. The program seeks to provide assistance to all eligible households in need, but as program funds continue to be expended, households that have a household income below 50% Area Median Income (AMI) or households with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application will be prioritized. MHDC continually monitors the prioritization threshold to ensure that no less than 60% of all direct assistance is distributed on behalf of prioritized households.  If distribution of direct assistance falls below the prioritization threshold for specified households, MHDC will increase marketing and outreach to households that meet the prioritized criteria.