The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) for Renters program is now accepting applications for rent and utility assistance for eligible Missouri residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the program, individuals can receive assistance for up to 12 months of rent and utility bill dating back to April 2020 and for up to three months in the future. You are likely eligible if your income is less than 80% of your area’s median income, and you’re at risk of losing your housing due to a financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your income is too high to qualify for this program. In Jackson and Clay Counties, individuals living alone qualify with and annual income up to $48,200. The maximum qualifying income for those counties is $55,050 for a family of two, $61,950 for a family of three and $68,800 for a family of four.

Estimated household income should be based on the average income for the most recent 30 days, or the household’s 2020 annual income if a tenant is not income eligible based on the most recent 30 day estimated income.

Other eligibility requirements include being a Missouri resident and having one or more members of your household receiving unemployment benefits, and/or experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You must also attest to your risk of losing your residence or becoming homeless as a result of the financial hardship.

If you’re approved, all of the funding is paid directly to your landlord or mortgage company and the utility companies.

Additional information, including the online application are at Applications are accepted online at

If you cannot apply online or need help with your application, call (833) 541-1599 or email:

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