St. Louis eviction and rehousing assistance.
Low income renters in St. Louis can apply for eviction prevention programs if they lease their home or apartment. Additional assistance in the city can also rehouse the currently homeless, and both of these HUD funded programs have a goal of ensuring families of all income levels have safe and affordable housing.
The agencies that help stop homelessness are often part of the Continuum of Care. This includes non-profits such as the Human Development Corporation, the staff at the Catholic Charity affiliated Housing Resource Center, and many other charities. The government human service offices in St. Louis also try to limit, or stop, evictions from occurring in the first place.
The methods used to stop an eviction include both monetary (including government grants for energy bills, water or rent) and non-financial. This latter method is often much more effective to ending the crisis. This form of eviction help includes everything from legal aid to helping a tenant find a better paying job. Non-monetary support also commonly involves mediation between landlords and tenants, which can often lead to a negotiated solution or payment plan.
Eviction assistance is available from organizations such as the St. Louis Housing Resource Center (phone (314) 802-5444) or Catholic Charities among others. These groups operate at multiple offices in the city. It is recommended that tenants can the center to make an appointment.
Before the session, applicants should bring a copy of their lease agreement, proof of past payments, the original pay or quit/vacate notice, and proof of residency. The homeless prevention programs are available to people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and genders. It does not matter if the individual is a veteran, single mother, or disabled, help may be offered. Services are also offered in Spanish and other languages. Assistance can be provided in many different ways.
- Lawyers from Legal Services of Saint Louis can provide advice on how to contest the eviction.
- There are federal government HUD grants for rental expenses, moving costs, and utilities.
- Highly trained mediators will negotiate payment plans between landlords and tenants or with utility providers in Missouri.
- Vouchers for alternative accommodations, including hotels or motels.
- Referrals can be given to public benefits (such as section 8 vouchers or LIHEAP), but this process takes time and will not resolve a crisis.
- Veterans facing eviction in St. Louis can apply for SSVF or other programs focused on former service members.
- Women and children that are fleeing DV, or that were facing eviction, can use resources such as the Family Justice Center (dial (314)241-0081).
In many cases, studies show that no two eviction cases are handled the same way by the Continuum of Care. Some tenants just need more time to overcome a hardship, and they can then resume rent payments on their own. These clients may be given a payment plan. Many families need direct financial help, and homeless prevention will try to provide the money they need. Those are just a couple examples.
St. Louis Missouri non-profits usually find that applicants have multiple challenges. Therefore any eviction prevention program will require case management. Even if a tenant is given a cash grant for paying their rent or heating bills, they still need to meet all of the goals and objectives outlined in the case management process.
Homeless prevention will also work to get families, children, senior citizens, and others into long term, stable housing. This is what St. Louis Rapid Rehousing strives for. It takes the chronically homeless as well as newly evicted and tries to stabilize their situation. There are different forms of assistance provided for this as well.
- The homeless can be placed into a shelter, or maybe motel during the winter when they are full. This also provided them case management.
- Transitional housing will given people being rehoused the skills, confidence, and abilities they need for stability.
- Income based housing may be also provided, which allows the tenant to acquire budgeting and other skills.
- When moving into an apartment, grants can assist with application fees, security deposits, first months rental costs, and more.
- Rehousing tends to end with multiple month check ins from a case manager, and this will pro-actively stop another eviction.
In an emergency, the non-profits such as the Urban League of Metro St. Louis continue to try to prevent evictions and homelessness. It is a never ending issue in the city, and the Continuum of Care and other organizations are focused on the challenge.
With the increasing cost of housing, food, and energy bills, more families struggle to keep up with their rent each month. Families should ask for help as soon as they struggle. If they have an eviction notice, do not wait to ask for assistance. More information is at (800) 427-4626, or try groups such as the Human Development Corporation in the region.