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Are you struggling with rent and afraid of being evicted? (UPDATED)
The CDC recently issued a federal Anti-Eviction Order that STOPS EVICTIONS UNTIL JUNE 30, 2021.
The Order prevents landlords and others from taking steps to remove tenants until after JUNE 30, 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.
Missouri renters who are financially impacted by COVID-19 can apply for SAFHR funds through Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). Renters or Landlords can apply for SAFHR. Renters who qualify can receive financial assistance for rent and utility payments.
Click on the link to apply: https://www.mohousingresources.com/
If you can not apply online or need help with your application, please call 833-541-1599 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Louis County
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide back rent and temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a loss of income, have qualified for unemployment benefits, faced significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nan McKay & Associates has been authorized by the St. Louis County to assist in the administration of ERAP and to communicate with applicants and landlords.
Click on the link to apply: https://stlouisco.onlinepha.com
If you have any questions call the Call Center at 314-806-0910, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
St. Louis Mediation Project
The St. Louis Mediation Project is a free program for St. Louis County staffed by trained mediators helping tenants, homeowners, landlords, and lenders solve housing disputes in and out of court. We also assist landlords and tenants apply for rental and utility assistance.
For assistance, call 314-833-0226 or email email@example.com
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: