County of St. Louis, the city to receive millions in federal housing assistance


This round of federal relief will go to households that have experienced job loss or housing instability due to COVID-19

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri – St. Louis and St. Louis County receive millions of dollars to help residents pay their rent or utility bills.

County Director Dr Sam Page approved a measure to allow St. Louis County to receive a federal grant of $ 29.8 million for rental and assistance with public services, providing essential assistance to residents during the pandemic.

This is the second federal grant the county has secured this year to allow families to stay in their homes.

“Our priorities continue to be health and safety, opportunities for all and good government,” said Mr. Page. “We have already spent more than $ 173 million to offset the financial and social burdens caused by COVID-19 in St. Louis County. These additional funds will help stabilize families who are struggling to stay housed. “

The relief program is part of the US Department of the Treasury’s $ 25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA), which helps households who are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds go directly to states and local governments with populations over 200,000. St. Louis County received $ 29.7 million in the first round of funding in January.

A second round of funds was recently allocated under President Joe Biden’s program American Rescue Plan Actand St. Louis County will receive an additional $ 29.8 million. The county council agreed to accept the funds on Tuesday evening.

To apply for housing assistance funds, households must meet the following criteria:

  • One or more household members are eligible for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • At least one member of the household is at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
  • Household income is equal to or less than 80% of the median for the area.

St. Louis County began sending ERA funds this week to residents and homeowners starting from the initial $ 29.7 million.

The emergency housing assistance program draws on other funds – $ 6.5 million for food security programs, $ 7 million for housing, $ 7 million for housing stabilization, $ 24.5 million in small business grants and $ 9.5 million in humanitarian assistance – provided through St. Louis County CARES. Act.

For more information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, please see stlcorona.com.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones also announced Thursday that the city has received $ 7.5 million in ERA funding from the US Treasury Department. The money comes from the first round of funding through the Biden administration. The city plans to receive a second round of funding in the coming months.

Starting Thursday, eligible tenants in the city of Saint-Louis can apply for financial assistance. Find more information on how to apply on the city ​​website here.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Currently residing in a residential property in the city of Saint-Louis,
  • Have a household income equal to or less than 80% of the region’s median income,
  • Have a proven risk of unstable housing or homelessness without assistance and
  • One or more persons in the household are currently experiencing a reduction in household income.

The money will go directly to the owner or utility provider. Financial aid can cover a total of 12 months after March 2020.


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