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Are you a Missouri Renter financially impacted by COVID-19?

Missouri State Assistance

Struggling to pay rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
For Housing Relief (SAFHR) may be able to help – learn more and find out how to apply!


The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) for Renters program provides rent and utility assistance for eligible Missouri residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible tenants can apply for financial assistance to be paid directly to their landlord or utility provider.

Eligible tenants can apply for financial assistance to be paid directly to their landlord or utility provider.  Financial assistance includes rent and utility arrears for the period beginning April 2020 and up to 3 months of forward rent and prepaid fuel utility assistance.  Utilities include gas, electric, water, sewage/waste water, fuel (propane, wood, etc.) and trash.  You may apply for utility assistance even if you are not applying for rental assistance.

Are you a landlord looking for assistance for your tenants?  Please see the SAFHR for Landlords portal.

Where you live

You must be a resident of Missouri, and renting your primary residence (or applying for a previous address).

Your Household Income

Your household's estimated income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) established by HUD - and based on your county and household size.

As part of your SAFHR application, you will select whether your household income falls in the 0-30% AMI range, 30-50% AMI range, or 50-80% AMI range.

Details on how to calculate household income, and how to look up your AMI range, can be found here.  View the limits and more information here.


One or more members of your household must be receiving unemployment benefits, and/or experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You need not have been sick with COVID-19 - but you must have experienced a reduction in household income (as a result of a reduction in work hours, job loss, etc.), incurred significant costs, or other hardship.

You must also attest to your risk of losing your residence (housing instability) or becoming homeless as a result of the financial hardship.

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Download and print our brochure for an easy reference to the highlights of the program.