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Eviction and homeless prevention or rehousing in Missouri.

Individuals in Missouri that are behind on their rent and facing eviction can get help from various non-profit and government agencies listed below by county. Using either federal government grants or funds from the state, the organizations work to prevent homelessness. They may be able to offer financial assistance, legal support, or referrals. In addition, if someone is homeless, then rehousing services are also available for qualified Missouri residents.

Whether someone is facing an eviction or is currently homeless, in either situation case management is also offered. This may in fact be mandatory from the non-profits in Missouri. Staff will offer them budgeting classes, financial literacy, and access to a number of employment services.

All funding is limited. The organizations mostly rely on government grants from HUD or programs such as Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) or Continuum of Care. For those that are qualified, they may be able to receive one time, emergency financial aid to pay for a portion of their back rent in order to stop an impending eviction. There may also be assistance for homeowners facing a foreclosure. The applicant needs to be on a path to self-sufficiency and be able to pay the rent on their own in the near future. So these are more one time type programs for very low income Missouri families.

Not only is there financial support to prevent an eviction, but residents will also have access to other housing support programs, such as legal aid and/or tenant mediation services. This will be offered from attorneys or paralegals from pro-bono law firms in Missouri. They will work with both the tenant and the landlord to try to find some type of solution. Other services may include:

  • Financial assistance or zero interest loans for paying other housing expenses, such as utilities or heating bills.
  • Referrals to short term housing, shelters, and transitional units.
  • Low income housing for the disabled or seniors that are faced with homelessness.
  • Veterans and their families that are faced with eviction can get help with their rent from SSVF.

Homeless assistance is also available in Missouri. The first resource available is an emergency shelter, in which guests have a place to stay, free meals, or clothing. They then may be qualified for transitional housing units in Missouri. Case management is offered there. The last step is permanent housing placement, and there may be some government grants as part of that process for a security deposit. Less common will be funds to pay for moving costs or first months rent.




While not always available, some of the non-profits will help homeowners that are facing foreclosure and homelessness. Some solutions may be free foreclosure counseling or help in applying for federal government mortgage and loan modifications. There is also free legal aid. Some of the agencies in Missouri may be HUD approved housing counseling organizations. Find additional sources of assistance with paying a mortgage from various agencies.

The demand for housing assistance is high, and resources are limited. Financial aid is usually first come and served, and some eviction assistance programs focus on the elderly or disabled. There are also resources for veterans in Missouri. Any cash assistance paid out will also go to landlords or other creditors.

The focus is on stopping, preventing, or reversing homelessness, and the Missouri agencies are committed to do this. All options and solutions will be explored. They will explore section 8 vouchers, public and low income apartments, and more. If there is no financial support offered, then the agencies can refer residents to other possible financing, such as loans for paying housing or rent expenses.

Additional homeless prevention programs

Not only can a tenant or family living in poverty call one of these non-profits for a grant or other forms of help, but there are local city and county resources too. Find where to turn to for everything from a security deposit to legal support to stop an eviction. The main counties are below, or continue to scroll down.







Non-profits that offer rehousing and eviction prevention in Missouri

Adair County
Salvation Army - Kirksville. For information, dial (660) 665-7885. This non-profit operates shelters, has information on government grant programs for stopping evictions, and other housing support. Low income, affordable housing is offered by St. Andrews Apartments, (660) 627-5400

Vandalia Housing Authority, (573) 594-3712

Columbia Housing Authority. Call the agency at (573) 443-2556. Advice is for tenants with a pay or quit notice, including information on emergency one time help for back rent, foreclosure counseling, and more.
New Horizons Community Support Services, (573) 443-0405
Phoenix Family Housing Corporation - Columbia, (573) 529-9033
Phoenix Programs, Inc., (573) 875-8880
Rainbow House, (573) 474-6600
Salvation Army - Columbia - Harbor House, telephone number is (573) 442-1984
Salvation Army - Core Office, (573) 442-3229
Voluntary Action Center, (573) 449-6959
Welcome Home, Inc., (573) 443-8001

Family Counseling Center-Poplar Bluff, (573) 686-1200
Mt Calvary Church - SEMO Christian Restoration Center, (573) 686-7844
United Gospel Rescue Mission, (573) 785-4683

Our House, Serving Callaway's Homeless, (573) 642-6065

Cape Girardeau
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri-Cape Girardeau, main phone (573) 335-0134. The homeless can inquire into rehousing or funds to pay a security deposit. The church based group also has referrals and case management services.
Community Action - Caring Council, Call (573) 651-3747 or (573) 651-8630
Family Counseling Center-Cape Girardeau, Call 573) 651-4177 or (573) 481-0031
Salvation Army - Cape Girardeau, (573) 335-7000

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri-Van Buren, (573) 323-4044

Synergy Services, Inc., (816) 741-8700
United Services Community Action Agency (USCAA), (816) 630-0037

Missouri Department of Mental Health, phone (573) 522-6519
Salvation Army - Jefferson City - Center of Hope, (573) 635-1975

Harvest House, (660) 537-4278





Dunklin County
Family Counseling Center-Kennett, call (573) 888-5925

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri-Springfield, (417) 866-0841
CCSOMO-Lifehouse Crisis Maternity, (417) 720-4213
Clarity Recovery & Wellness (SIGMA House), (417) 862-3339
Community Partnership of the Ozarks-One Door, (417) 888-2020. They operate shelters, can help veterans and the disabled, and offer other solutions to help with evictions.
Council of Churches of the Ozarks-Safe to Sleep, (417) 862-3586
Kitchen, Inc. (The), (417) 837-1500
Ozarks Area Community Action Agency (OACAC), (417) 862-4314
Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) in Springfield. Call (855) 373-4636, or the office address is 2900 E Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65804.

Pathways, (660) 890-8050 or dial (660) 885-8131

Samaritan Outreach Center, (417) 257-7792

Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence, (636) 931-7696

Jackson County
Catholic Charities of KC & St. Joseph, Inc., Call (816) 221-4377 or (816) 232-2885
Phoenix Family Housing - Platte/Clay, (816) 561-1033

Jasper County
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri-Joplin, call the agency at (417) 624-3790
Children's Haven: Crisis Nursery, telephone - (417) 782-4453
Economic Security Corporation, (417) 781-0352
HOUSE, Inc., (417) 632-8933. Transitional housing as well as programs such as the emergency solution grant can help with back rent, delinquent energy bills that could lead to an eviction, and other needs.
Ozark Center, (417) 347-7600
Salvation Army - Joplin, telephone (417) 624-4528
Souls Harbor, (414) 623-2550

Comtrea, (636) 931-2700
Salvation Army - Arnold, (636) 464-0787

SALT, (660) 530-7351
Salvation Army - Chillicothe, (660) 646-3538

Marion County
Douglass Community Services, Inc., (573) 221-3892
Hope House, (573) 221-8597
Preferred Family Healthcare, (573) 248-3811
Salvation Army - Hannibal, (573) 221-7072

New Madrid
Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp-Portageville, (573) 379-3851- They are the regional community action agency. whether grants or cash aid (for housing), help can be arranged.

Neosho Crosslines Ministry, (417) 455-9393

Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp-Hayti, (573) 359-1030 or dial (800) 748-8320

Pettis County Community Partnership (PCCP), (660) 827-0560
Salvation Army - Sedalia, (660) 826-1525





Northeast Community Action Corporation (NECAC), (573) 324-2132

Missouri Ozarks Community Action, Inc. (MOCA), dial (800) 876-3264. The non-profit Missouri agency has emergency aid, including for paying rental costs. Clients can also apply for landlord / tenant mediation and other assistance, such as for rental or utility deposits.

Helping Hands Across Missouri, (660) 353-9322

Ozark Family Resource Agency, (573) 996-2648

Saline County
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA), telephone (660) 747-2245

Scott County
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri-Sikeston, (573) 481-0659
Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp-Sikeston, (573) 471-4114. Another community action agency. The non-profit also has information on low income apartments, and in an emergency, money raised from the community is available for housing or rent.

St. Clair
West Central MO Community Action Agency (WCMCAA), (660) 476-2185

St. Francois
East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA), phone (573) 431-5191

St. Louis City and County
Salvation Army - Midland Division, (314) 646-3000. A focus is on preventing evictions and assisting the homeless. Free legal aid, referrals to Missouri grant programs, and other financial aid for rent is provided.

Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake is involved in homeless prevention for the low to moderate income. Call (417) 739-3200

High Hope Employment Services, (660) 445-2158 or dial (660) 265-4614

Community of Recovery Experience (Formerly Church Army Branson), (417) 598-1615
Salvation Army - Branson, (417) 339-4434

Texas County Food Pantry, for information, dial (417) 967-4484

By Jon McNamara

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