Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA 1)

The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities due to COVID-19 hardship.

Overview

The City of St. Louis Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA-1) Program is aimed at keeping families in their homes by helping income-eligible renters within the City of St. Louis who are past due in rent or utilities and have suffered financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are currently paused. Having surpassed 3,000 applications, the City is pausing its rental assistance application until a new provider for review, approvals, and assistance is selected.

The City is working diligently with St. Louis County to begin moving ERA-2 assistance funds in the New Year.

If you applied before December 30, your documentation will be submitted to the new provider, who will contact you using email, phone or additional contact information. For immediate assistance please visit the State of Missouri  rental assistance program, State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR). Apply by visiting the state’s website or by calling 833-541-1599.

Assistance

The funding made available under this program will be used to make direct payments to landlords/utility providers on behalf of qualifying tenants. These payments:

  • May cover a tenant’s documented past-due rent only for the time period after March 13, 2020;
  • Cannot exceed 12 months of assistance based on the household’s need;
  • Utilities addressed via this program include: water and sewer, power, gas.
  • Other housing-related expenses addressed via this program include (on a case-by-case basis):
    • relocation expenses and rental fees of temporarily/permanently displaced households
    • some late fees
    • and other expenses deemed eligible by both the City of St. Louis and the U.S. Treasury.

The ERA 1 Program is intended only for residential tenants. If you are a landlord wanting to apply on behalf of your tenant, please fill out the Missouri Housing Development Commission's SAFHR application here.

 

Eligibility

To qualify, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the City of St. Louis.
  • Have a household income that does not exceed 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
50% and 80% of the St. Louis City Area Median Income (AMI)
Household Size 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $29,750 $47,550
2 $34,000 $54,350
3 $38,250 $61,150
4 $42,450 $67,900
5 $45,850 $73,350
6 $49,250 $78,800
7 $52,650 $84,200
8 $56,050 $89,650

Note: As per federal regulation, this program prioritizes assistance to households with incomes less than 50% area median income and to households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days. The City is also prioritizing those applicants that have received an eviction notice.

  • Due to COVID-19, the applicant or an adult member of their household must have qualified for unemployment, had a reduction in household income, or experienced a financial hardship.
  • Due to COVID-19, the applicant or an adult member of their household must be experiencing housing instability.
  • Submit all the required documentation requested as part of the application or approval process:
    • Proof of St. Louis City residence
    • Head of Household picture ID
    • Written documentation from landlord
    • The household must demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19. You will be asked to provide proof of income and a statement explaining how COVID-19 has impacted household income.

 

Ways to Apply

The City is working diligently with St. Louis County to begin moving ERA-2 assistance funds in the New Year. Having surpassed 3,000 applications, the City is pausing its rental assistance application until a new provider for application review, approvals, and assistance is selected.

If you applied before December 30, your documentation will be submitted to the new provider, who will contact you using email, phone or additional contact information. For immediate assistance please visit the State of Missouri  rental assistance program, State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR). Apply by visiting the state’s website or by calling 833-541-1599.

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