Are you struggling with rent and afraid of being evicted? (UPDATED)
The CDC recently issued a federal Anti-Eviction Order that STOPS EVICTIONS UNTIL MARCH 31, 2021.
The Order prevents landlords and others from taking steps to remove tenants until after March 31, 2021. Certain conditions apply to obtain protection under this Order.
Most importantly, tenants must complete a declaration under penalty of perjury. The tenant must then provide a copy of this completed declaration to their landlord, property owner, or anyone else with the power to evict them.
To be protected under this Order, RENTERS MUST TAKE ACTION:
- Tenants must seek government rent assistance – Download and complete a declaration [Spanish form]
- Tenants must pay as much rent as they are able
The CDC Order does not forgive rent and late fees and charges will still apply.
Additionally, the Sheriff’s office in St. Louis City will not evict any person until after March 1. If your landlord attempts to evict you by changing the locks or removing your belongings call one of the numbers listed below.
Eviction Prevention Resources
For RRT members who are interested in providing clients or their networks about the CDC Eviction Declaration and the social and economic impacts of eviction especially during COVID-19, please see the following resources:
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how to be protected under this CDC’s Anti-Eviction Order, call one of these organizations:
Legal Advice & Referral Center
Legal Advice & Referral Center is a division of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid that provides free legal advice to families and individuals in need throughout central and southern Illinois.
For assistance in legal aid, call 877-342-7891.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri advances justice through legal representation, education and supportive services. They partner with the community to improve lives, promote fairness and create opportunities for those in need.
For assistance in legal aid, call 314-534-4200.
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC)
EHOC works to end illegal housing discrimination in the Metropolitan St. Louis area in Missouri and Illinois by ensuring equal access to housing and places of public accommodation for all people through education, counseling, investigation, and enforcement. For assistance in legal aid, call 314-534-5800.
In response to the COVID-19 eviction crisis, EHOC created a new Eviction Defense program. Staffed with dedicated eviction defense attorneys, tenant advocates, and support staff, EHOC is providing legal support to eligible tenants facing eviction or risk of eviction in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Tenants must have been impacted by COVID in some way and some income restrictions apply. If you are being evicted or are at risk of eviction, please call EHOC’s Eviction Hotline at 314-534-5800, Option 1.
ArchCity Defenders uses holistic legal advocacy to fight with their clients in court, help families rebuild their lives together, and bring civil rights lawsuits to challenge the direct abuses of the criminal legal system.
For assistance in legal aid, call 314-361-8834.
St. Francis Community Services, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry
St. Francis Community Services empowers low income and marginalized community members through legal aid, immigrant services and long-term case management.
For legal aid, call 314-977-3993; in Spanish call 314-256-5980.