Missouri

  • State Data Overview

    Across Missouri, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    204,055
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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -117,557
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $33,424
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    70%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Empower Missouri
    308 East High Street, Suite 100
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    P (573) 634-2901
    www.empowermissouri.org
    Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director
    [email protected]
    Sarah Owsley Townsend, Manager of Organizing and Policy
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Nicole McKoy

    Affordable Housing & Homelessness

    Task Force Co-Chair

    Empower Missouri

    314-646-3063

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Tina Beer

    Director of Operations

    Missouri Housing Development Commission

    816-759-6838

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:
  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Missouri (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Missouri (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Missouri and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Missouri and Nationwide

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  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    Hope House, a domestic violence shelter in the Kansas City area is not accepting any new clients.

    The ACLU and ACLU of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit on September 30 challenging the Jackson County Circuit Court’s administrative order that says it implements the CDC nationwide eviction moratorium but instead permits eviction cases to move forward in violation of it. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of KC Tenants.

    A commentary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch argues the U.S. will experience a wave of evictions if Congress fails to provide at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance. Chris Krehmeyer, the president of Beyond Housing, a nonprofit organization, fears the looming eviction crisis will overwhelm organizations’ availability of funds. “I don’t think philanthropy can cover the size and scale of what could be coming,” said Krehmeyer. 

    Updated on October 5, 2020


    Missouri renters are facing growing risks of eviction alongside the COVID-19 pandemic and rising rents. The Coalition to Protect Missouri Tenants sent a letter on August 20 to Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George Draper III, asking for a statewide eviction moratorium that lasts at least six months. The letter stated that over the next four months, an estimated 243,000 evictions will be filed across the state.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    The Kansas City Star shares the story of a single mother of three who was evicted from her Kansas City rental home. According to the Kansas City Eviction Project, more than 1,600 eviction cases have been heard in Jackson County since the moratorium expired on May 31.

    Voice of America profiles Kansas City renters at risk of eviction. According to Tara Raghuvee, director of the KC Tenants, nearly half of Missouri renters are at risk of eviction in the coming months.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    An order from the 22nd Missouri Judicial Court declared that evictions in St. Louis are suspended until September 1, 2020. The city is referring around 3,000 applicants from residents to an agency to help people work through the documentation needed to get their federal assistance. 

    Updated on August 19, 2020.


    Housing advocates in Kansas City are bracing for a massive eviction and homelessness crisis after the federal eviction moratorium expired and the expanded unemployment benefits expire on July 31. A statewide survey found that at least 48% of Missouri renters are at risk of losing their homes.

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    A spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said that the city’s efforts to clear encampments along highway overpass corridors were made at the request of the Missouri Department of Transportation. The decision to clear encampments sparked a protest outside of the mayor’s home on July 1.

    A medical shelter and quarantine center in Springfield for people experiencing homelessness who test positive for the coronavirus is now operational. The shelter will provide food, laundry services, and medical consultation.

    The city of St. Louis has ordered another encampment under Interstate 44 to be vacated. A lawsuit has been filed in response to the city’s actions. This is the third encampment in recent months that the city has ordered to be disbanded.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    The director of advocacy for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri wrote an Op-Ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discussing the importance of helping tenants – and the individuals and agencies who work with them – understand the tenant protections included in the CARES Act. 

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    Governor Mike Parson highlighted the housing assistance available to Missourians during the pandemic. The state will use Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grants to help meet the housing needs of Missouri residents.


    St. Louis officials cleared an encampment with approximately 100 tents over the last several days. A lawsuit was filed to stop the city from sweeping the encampment, but a federal judge denied the request.

    Governor Mark Parson announced that Missouri will receive $24 million in federal funding to support homeowners and renters that have been impacted by the pandemic. In a tweet, the Governor reported that the state will receive an additional $9.4 million dollars in ESG funds that can be used to help people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. 


    An individual experiencing homelessness that tested positive for COVID-19 walked out of a St. Louis hospital and sparked an urgent search. St. Louis Human Services quickly reached out to all homeless shelters in the city, informing them of the situation. The man was later found and is staying in an area hotel room.

    A homeless couple from Kansas City’s difficulties getting tested for COVID-19 illustrate the issues individuals experiencing homelessness are having in accessing testing and medical care.

    Kansas City

    Kansas City will fund a third attorney to provide legal aid to low-income renters facing eviction. The Kansas City Council funded two attorneys from Legal Aid of Western Missouri last month. The third attorney is from the Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom.


    Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas appealed to the Jackson County Legislature on May 18 to receive $54,588,149 from Jackson County’s $122.7 million disbursement of CARES Act funds. Of that amount, Kansas City plans to allocate $10 million for housing assistance, $500,000 for legal aid for low-income tenants facing eviction, and $5.5 million for social services, including support for homeless shelters and housing providers.

    Springfield

    The Springfield City Council passed a bill on June 15 that allocated nearly $1 million in federal CARES Act funding, with $383,000 for affordable housing assistance, including $183,000 in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds and $200,000 in existing HOME Grant funds. The city council also allocated $330,038 for services for people experiencing homelessness and homeless prevention and $403,100 for forgivable business loans.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.

    St. Louis

    Two motels and one hotel in St. Louis have been converted into temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. The city is paying for approximately 200 rooms and providing 24/7 security. An official from the St. Louis mayor’s office reported that these efforts are costing approximately $800,000 through June, which the city hopes to be reimbursed for by the federal government.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    St. Louis County is making available an additional $5 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide rental assistance, mortgage assistance, and support to people experiencing homelessness.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced on May 29 plans for a $64 million COVID-19 relief package that will be funded through federal CARES Act funding. Under the proposed plan, the Department of Human Services would receive $20 million to address housing and homelessness, including more than $5 million for rental and mortgage assistance and more than $2 million for rapid rehousing.

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    Letter: US really needs rental assistance and hunger relief

    St.Louis Post-Dispatch

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


     The Kansas City Star shares the story of a single mother of three who was evicted from her Kansas City rental home. According to the Kansas City Eviction Project, more than 1,600 eviction cases have been heard in Jackson County since the moratorium expired on May 31. Voice of America profiles Kansas City renters at risk of eviction. Currently, nearly 50% of renters in the state are at risk of eviction because they can’t pay their rent, KC Tenants Director Tara Raghuvee told VOA.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    No statewide order was ever issued. The State Supreme Court and some local courts stopped hearing eviction cases from April 1-May 15, but it was not uniformly enacted.  Eviction cases are being conducted remotely and in person at the discretion of the local court. 

    Updated: July 31


    In the third week of July, 19.9% of adults in Missouri reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 160,512 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.

    An estimated 48% of Missouri renters are at risk of eviction

    Kansas CityLocal leaders predict 50,000 individuals could become homeless in Kansas City due to COVID-19. July 28
    St. LouisOn July 10, police evicted individuals living in a homeless encampment under an expressway overpass, citing concerns about COVID-19. Most living in this encampment had previously been evicted from temporary housing in hotels to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and were now trying their best to keep themselves safe by avoiding jail and crowded shelters.July 8

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 3 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb